Director: Chad Stahelski
Writer/s: Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins, Marc Abrams
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, Halle Berry, and more.
The legend continues with “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum”. At this point, if you are a fan of action films, you have heard of, and more than likely, love this series. Honestly, I hardly have to give you an introduction here. It is time to give the third chapter to the John Wick series an official Oberrating.
“Super-assassin John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin’s guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head – he is the target of hit men and women everywhere.”
Once again, by now if you are aware of this pulse-pounding series, you know exactly what you are in for. 100 mile an hour hand-to-hand combat and gun action. “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” picks up right where it left off in chapter two and throws its audience right into the fray within minutes. After that, the action is constant until the very end. The trend continues for this series. It is wild and has entertaining violent action that keeps bringing its audiences back for more and more. I will admit, while I absolutely loved every waking moment of Chapter 3 (besides having minor critique notes), I truly wonder how this series can keep going as I can foresee it struggling to develop compelling stories. Essentially it could become Fast and Furious, substituting cars for guns.
The story of Chapter 3 is quite easy to follow. We continue on the same note we left off on Chapter 2. It is Wick vs. the world of assassins. While fun and entertaining, it is not the most intricate thing in the world. But, I mean, it is John Wick, why do we need compelling stories? Portions of the story feel a bit pointless. Some aspects of it are not used nearly enough. Despite my critiques, I am here for the entertainment, not a high production value film.
As always I have to direct focus to the stunts and fight coordinators of this series. If there is anything that it through the roof in regards to quality, it is these elements. So much time and focus is dedicated to creating unbelievable action sequences using everything from the performers’ own body to literally any close by object. Almost all the actors are involved in their own stunts, especially the masterful Keanu Reeves, the stunt performers are masterful in their own right, and the coordinators and everyone else involved are purely excellent.
If I could draw one glaringly big problem with “John Wick 3: Chapter 3 – Parabellum”, it would be the logic (shocker) within the film. To keep it pretty cut and dry plus easy to explain, there are so many moments where Wick could have been killed but for some inexplicable reason, they do not do so and let Wick cut through them like butter.
“John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” lives up to the hype and continues to be one of the more consistent films to entertain the masses. Keanu Reeves is once again delivering some of his best work with John Wick. If you are in the market for violent pulse-pounding action, as it always has been, this series is for you.
- Halle Berry is critically under-utilized for how much she was marketed in this film and also for how well she does with her time in it.
- There is little room for breath in this film. Expect mostly action and action only for the full duration of the film.
- Pull the trigger, bad guys! Damn!
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