JOHN WICK: THE CONTINENTAL: Our review on the first part of the series!
We had the opportunity to preview the series ‘John Wick: The Continental’, directed by Albert Hughes and Charlotte Branstrom. This is, in fact, a spin-off series from the famous ‘John Wick’ films. It is divided into three parts, each lasting around 1.5 hours, but in this article we will focus on the first.
TO SUM UP:
Set in 1970, former criminal Winston Scott becomes the owner of The Continental hotel in New York. He turns it into a haven for assassins, where no murder can take place. The Continental becomes a kind of sanctuary, while outside the city is marked by the Winter of Discontent and the rise of the American Mafia.
The cast includes Colin Woodell as Winston Scott, Ayomide Adegun as Charon and Mel Gibson as Cormac. Through Winston’s eyes, we explore the origins of this iconic assassin hotel, the centerpiece of the John Wick universe. Winston finds himself in the midst of 1970s New York, confronting a past he thought was behind him. Winston then embarks on a deadly race through the secrets of this mysterious hotel in an attempt to take over the hotel, where he will eventually assume his throne.
A SPECTACULAR SERIES:
The series’ strong point is its atmosphere, which immediately plunges us into New York and its dangerous side, with its very dark but justified shots and colorimetry. We recognize the city very well and the series makes us want to know its mysteries. Another plus point is the casting, with Colin Woodell playing the famous Winston Scott, who can be found in the earlier ‘John Wick’ films and for whom fans will probably have high expectations, with the character’s expressions and intonation.
The story may seem complicated to follow at first, but it is nonetheless captivating. Indeed, this first part gradually sets up the plot of the series, but it offers an impressive spectacle of gangsters and violence with suspense and mystery. There is some great fight choreography for all you action fans. The series also makes room for numerous plot twists and revelations, which we won’t reveal in order to keep the fun going.
If you’re a fan of John Wick, this series is well worth a watch… It’s up to you to make up your own mind about this spin-off.