John Wick: Chapter 4 channels Hotline Miami and… Frogger?

March 25, 2023
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Retired hitman John Wick has always looked like a video game protagonist. His movies are packed with multi-stage levels, boss fights and more reloading than Call of Duty. But in John Wick: Chapter 4, series star Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski lean on video games even harder, producing action scenes I reckon will be talked about for years to come.


The John Wick movies are often compared to Dennaton Games’ top-down shooter Hotline Miami, and with good reason. The super stylish, ultra-violent blast ’em-up sees silent protagonist Jacket blow a hole in countless Russian gang members. Hotline Miami is a fusion of minimalist plot, thumping music and increasingly cool death. It was no surprise, then, to see John Wick mods pop up for the Hotline Miami games when fans realised the similarities and got to work.

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