Photo: YouTube Over three ultraviolent, neon-lit , mythologically elaborate films, we've seen Keanu Reeves's reluctant assassin John Wick do it all. How to (maybe) wrap the franchise with a final installment that gives audiences something new? A trio of white-knuckle action sequences in John Wick: Chapter 4 's final hour seemed like the answer. All are set in Paris — the first one in the traffic circle around the Arc de Triomphe, the last hurling Wick down the 222 stairs leading to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica . But the sequence in the middle, an apartment-set shoot-out, posed a problem. "The staircase I knew I could own because it was a metaphor for Sisyphus rolling the boulder up the hill and being knocked down. We had that dialed in; we had the Arc de Triomphe dialed in," director Chad Stahelski says. "The apartment fight wasn't clicking. It was just a fight in an apartment. And I'm like, How do we shift perspective? " The former stuntman, who has helmed every John Wick installment, found the "special sauce" of inspiration in the 2019 video game Hong Kong Massacre , which unfolds from a bird's-eye-view. "There was a visual there that shouldn't have made… Read full this story
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