Hello again, folks! Just returned from watching “John Wick: Chapter 4,” and let’s just say it nearly knocked the first chapter off its pedestal for me – a solid comeback after the slightly over-the-top chapters 2 and 3.
A Story That Travels: This chapter takes us on a whirlwind tour from the bustling streets of New York City to the serene Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan. It’s a visual feast with stops in Paris (hello, Arc de Triomphe and Sacré-Cœur), the neon-lit lanes of Tokyo and Osaka, the historic charm of Berlin, and the majestic Château de Chantilly in France. It’s more than a movie; it’s a journey through some of the world’s most iconic locales.
Guns, Guns, and a Bit of Advertising: Now, let’s dive into the arsenal. The TTI Pit Viper, a stunning $7,000 piece from Taran Tactical, makes a flashy entrance with Wick. While it’s undoubtedly a bit of a showpiece (and let’s be honest, a clear advertisement), it thankfully doesn’t overpower the movie like some of the more blatant product placements in chapters 2 and 3. Just wielding this beauty should have been advertisement enough!
Diversity in Arms: The film doesn’t just stick to firearms, though. It brings in an eclectic mix of weapons – swords, knives, and even pencils (classic Wick style) – adding a unique flavor to the combat scenes.
The Glock 17s are a staple, used by foes and friends alike. Wick’s handling of these guns is a sight to behold, turning every encounter into a ballet of bullets.
Mr. Nobody steps up the game with a custom Glock 19 and a standout piece – the custom Marlin 1894 Lever Action Rifle from Mad Pig Customs. This isn’t just a firearm; it’s a statement, used in crucial moments to turn the tide in Wick’s favor.
Caine, the intriguing blind assassin, impressively wields a custom SIG-Sauer P365 SAS. In this world, you don’t always need eyes to be deadly.
For the grand finale, we’re treated to a dawn duel with Thompson Center Arms Encores. This choice adds a touch of old-world dueling to the modern chaos – a perfect blend of past and present.
The villainous Marquis de Gramont brings his own touch of class with a Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield M2.0 Performance Center. Even the baddies have taste!
In a nod to the classics, Wick surrenders vintage pieces like the Colt M1911A1 at the Ruska Roma’s church. A touching tribute to the old-timers.
Final Thoughts: “John Wick: Chapter 4” is a thrilling ride, a blend of stunning locations, diverse combat styles, and an impressive array of firearms. It’s a return to the roots of what made John Wick great, minus the overdone product placements that marked its predecessors. A feast for the eyes and a treat for action enthusiasts.
Until we meet again, keep your sights clear and your magazines loaded. And maybe, just maybe, keep a pencil handy for those close encounters.