Keanu Reeves has lauded the "indie film mentality" and "authenticity" of the John Wick franchise compared to other action-thriller movies

The themes of persistence, resistance against authority, and survival in John Wick make it more relatable to audiences 

Japanese cinema, including anime, has had a significant impact on the development of the John Wick franchise, with the bushido code being a prevalent theme 

Reeves acknowledges the strong influence of Japanese culture on the John Wick franchise 

John Wick director Chad Stahelski, who was Reeves' stunt double during The Matrix trilogy, has also collaborated with the franchise's creators on other films 

The John Wick movies are said to be "offspring" of The Matrix, due to their shared creative team and visual style 

Reeves recognizes the differences between The Matrix and John Wick, particularly in their fight choreography 

While The Matrix featured kung fu, John Wick uses jiu-jitsu, judo, and gunfights, which are equally impressive in their own way 

John Wick: Chapter Four, which is set to premiere on March 24, 2023, incorporates various cinematic influences, such as Japanese cinema and anime 

The John Wick franchise's unique combination of indie film spirit, Japanese culture, and exceptional fight choreography has set it apart from other action-thriller movies