John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Review
What’s It About?
After breaking the rules by killing a member of the international assassin’s guild, John Wick has a huge price tag on his head, and everyone wants a piece of him.
Who’s In It?
Keanu Reeves (Speed, The Matrix, & more recently John Wick 1-2)
Ian McShane (Sexy Beast, Deadwood, & more recently American Gods)
Other notables include:
Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball, Die Another Day, & more recently Kingsman: The Golden Circle)
Laurence Fishburne (Boyz In The Hood, The Matrix, & more recently Ant-Man And The Wasp)
Director: Chad Stahelski (John Wick 1-3)
Franchises can often wear thin, and what may seem as an exciting, original take to start with, can soon become tired and jaded, with fellow action hero Liam Neeson and his Taken series being a case in point.
Keanu’s John Wick feels fresh for a couple of different reasons, even though he is also getting on a little bit. But John Wick is first and foremost an animal lover, and secondly a seemingly nice, gentle and at least initially unwilling participant. And yet boy does he get stuck in with great relish.
With an immediate continuation of the story from the second part, John Wick is on the run, with a price of $14m on his head after killing a member of the international assassin’s guild in a supposedly off limits venue. As a result everyone is out to get blood – namely his. And that is pretty much it in terms of the plot – short and sweet – much like his interactions with the plethora of assailants that come his way (and are soon dispatched).
The set pieces, action and choreography are simply mesmeric and much credit must go to direct and stunt man Chad Stahelski, as well as the guys from The Raid films, and old timer Keanu too. He is given admirable support from the likes of the ever-engaging and velvety voiced Ian McShane, a like-minded dog-loving female assassin in the form of Halle Berry, and former Matrix co-star Laurence Fishburne.
In an expanded universe, there is plenty to tell, and no doubt plenty more to come. Let’s just hope that they stop at the right time, but for now the franchise, like the body count, is limitless.
In A Nutshell:
Ramped up several notches, this third instalment is a brutal, breathless affair, which proves impossible to turn away from.
The bigger world of John Wick
The incredible action sequences and choreography
Possibly too much violence ahead of plot (although to be fair you’re not really here for the plot)