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‘The Continental’ Struggles to Capture the Essence of ‘John Wick’

“The Continental,” a prequel to the popular “John Wick” film series, falls short of expectations on Peacock. Despite its connection to the beloved franchise, the show fails to deliver the same level of excitement and intrigue.

Over three 90-minute episodes, “The Continental” attempts to expand on the world of “John Wick,” but ultimately feels like a watered-down version of the original. While it tries to emulate the stylized crime storytelling of directors like Joe Carnahan and Guy Ritchie, it falls short of capturing their unique flair and energy.

The series follows familiar themes of the criminal underworld and features the same stylized violence that made “John Wick” a success. However, the story feels dragged out and lacks the punchy, fast-paced action that made the films so thrilling.

Lead actor Colin Woodell does his best with the material, but even his performance can’t elevate the lackluster script and pacing. Overall, “The Continental” feels like a missed opportunity to further explore the rich world of “John Wick” and fails to live up to its potential.

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