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John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum Review

Keanu Reeves returns as John Wick, who has quietly become one of the most awesome action heroes of all time. He’s the bogeyman, or as they reference him in this movie “the Bobayaga.” Starting right after Chapter Two, John Wick is declared ex-communicado and there is a prize on his headset by the high table, which makes him the most marked man in the world. John Wick must now race against time to survive and kill every last man who tries to murder him.

John Wick Chapter 3 is a blast. It’s fun, tremendously exciting and it delivers on action and suspense in spades. It doesn’t try to be anything else than what it needs to be and boy does it succeed.

Keanu Reeves once again brings it in the role of John Wick. He is incredibly talented in the action scenes and this is the right kind of role for him. He’s perfect in these type of films. He has never been the best actor but put in these kinds of action movies he shines.

Ian McShane also comes back and he’s great in this film like always. His power is put into question, but he doesn’t back down. He brings a fun presence to this film and his character is expanded upon from the last two films.

Lawrence Fishbourne returns from the second film and while his role isn’t big he’s always fun to watch. It’s great to see Morpheus and Neo back on screen together again, and his relationship and loyalty to John Wick is one of the best things in this film.

As for Halle Berry, she’s better than she has been in years. She was the best part of the scenes she was in and her dogs were so vile and awesome it was absolutely great.

The behind the scenes of the continental also gets deeper fleshed out and this movie made it very clear to me that this franchise takes place in its own universe. This is not a series that takes place in the real world. Are there a lot of hit men in this movie? Absolutely. Is it realistic? No, but I think that’s the point. These movies have already established the lore and they don’t take place in our reality. Most of the time when a kill happens in public nobody reacts as if people getting slaughtered in the streets is a thing that happens every day.

The violence in this film is brutal and unforgiving. It’s the most brutal of all of them and the beginning fight of the film sets the stage for the rest of the fight. It’s an exhilarating experience at the movies and John Wick Chapter Three is simply put one of the best third installments ever. The henchmen, mostly towards the ending are pretty great and deadly and John Wick has a difficult time going with them toe to toe.

There’s a small downside to this film and it’s when John Wick goes to the desert. There are some great scenes in Morocco but it does drag a bit from time to time. It’s not as smooth as the rest of the film but the sequence has to be there in order for the film to work, so it’s not a big deal.

Asia Kate Dillon also doesn’t do a great job as a menacing figure. You can tell that she tries a lot, but she came across as annoying rather than intimidating. Maybe it was her direction rather than her capabilities as an actor, but I wasn’t too much of a fan of her character.

Overall though, John Wick Chapter 3 is an incredibly fun time at the movies and delivers high octane and beautifully filmed action sequences, brutal kills and delivers everything that an action movie fan could ever hope for.

Rating: A-


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