If you thought James Bond’s poker showdown with Le Chiffre in Casino Royale was ridiculous, wait until you see John Wick’s latest card game in John Wick 4.
The movie, set to hit theaters in May 2022, features a scene where Wick (Keanu Reeves) plays poker against a group of assassins after his bounty. And let me tell you, it’s not your typical Texas Hold’em.
The scene takes place in a secret underground casino in Macau, where Wick is trying to find a way out of the city. He joins a high-stakes poker table where the players are not only betting with money, but also with weapons, gadgets, and even body parts. Yes, you read that right. Body parts.
The rules are simple: each player gets two cards and five community cards are dealt on the table. The best five-card hand wins the pot. But there’s a twist: before each betting round, the players have to put something of value on the line. It could be anything from a knife to a grenade to a finger. And if you lose, you have to give up whatever you wagered.
Sounds crazy, right? Well, it gets crazier. Wick bluffs his way through the first few rounds, using his poker face and reputation as the Baba Yaga to intimidate his opponents. He even wins a few pots with impressive hands, like a full house and a straight flush. But things get tense when he faces off against the last remaining player, a mysterious woman named Jade (played by Donnie Yen’s daughter Jasmine Yen).
Jade is a ruthless killer who has a personal vendetta against Wick. She reveals that she was the one who killed his dog in the first movie, and that she wants to finish the job by killing him too. She challenges him to a final showdown, where they have to go all-in with their bets. And what does she bet? Her heart.
Yes, her heart. She literally rips out her own heart from her chest and puts it on the table, still beating. She tells Wick that if he wins, he can have her heart as a trophy. But if he loses, he has to give up his own heart and die.
Wick is stunned by her insane move, but he accepts the challenge. He looks at his cards and sees that he has two aces. He thinks he has the best hand possible, so he confidently bets his heart as well. He flips over his cards and waits for Jade to reveal hers.
But then she does something that shocks everyone in the room. She smiles and says “I fold”. She then grabs her heart from the table and puts it back in her chest, using some kind of futuristic device to heal her wound. She tells Wick that she was bluffing all along, and that she only wanted to see if he would risk his life for a game of poker. She then walks away from the table, leaving Wick speechless and confused.
The scene ends with Wick looking at the camera and saying “What the hell just happened?”.
That’s the John Wick 4 poker scene in a nutshell. It’s one of the most absurd and hilarious scenes I’ve ever seen in an action movie. It makes Casino Royale look like a documentary by comparison. I can’t wait to see how they top it in John Wick 5.
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