Verdict: Keanu Reeves is magnificent in this lavishly violent bloodbath.
If you haven’t been initiated into the ways of the assassins with the previous John Wick films, here is what you need to know. Stuntman-turned-director Chad Stahleski has created one of the finest action franchises of this decade and it continues to live up to its hype. The world of John Wick where anyone on the street might be a highly trained killer is a fictional one but its intricate details make most of the action films look amateur in comparison.
What’s John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum About:
This film picks up from where John Wick: Chapter 2 left off. John Wick (Keanu Reeves) has killed someone on the grounds of the Continental Hotel in New York City, which is a big no-no for the High Table – the organization that sets the rules everyone must follow. He is given a one-hour headstart by Winston (Ian McShane) before he is declared ex-communicado and has a $14 million bounty placed on his head that will make him the target of every assassin. Meanwhile, an Adjudicator (Asia Kate Dillon) of the High Table arrives in New York to make sure that anyone who helped John Wick receives appropriate judgment. With his enemies drawing closer, John now has to find a way to survive or die trying.
Neatly choreographed violence has always been the best part of this franchise and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is no different. In fact, it’s better. Keanu Reeves dances his way through fights using every object in his vicinity to deal fatal blows. He is equally adept at fighting with a book as he is with a gun. The film is littered with fight scenes and whatever happens in between serves to set up the next one.
Halle Berry makes a well-deserved comeback as an action star with Sofia and it’s with her that we get to see one of the finest action sequences in the film where her attack dogs (who have always been a big part of the films) get to fight the bad guys. There are strong performances from the actors returning to the franchise and the newcomers leave quite an impression. Asia Kate Dillon is formidable as the Adjudicator, but it’s with Mark Dacascos who plays Zero that we get to see John Wick meet an opponent worth sparring with.
The sets, cinematography, and lights are as gorgeous as they have been in the other two films. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum also expands upon the lore that the first two films have established by giving more details about how the High Table operates. This also opens it up to scrutiny. While they might have seemed to previously be an organization that is necessary to keep up the order among criminals, now it seems to have its own drawbacks, particularly when it comes to its strict rules. If you’re a fan of the John Wick films, you’ll be quite pleased with how the film ends.
What Could’ve Been Better:
Those who are not familiar with the previous films might be a bit confused as there is not a lot of explanation given about what is happening before the fights begin. The version releasing in India has also been censored, which is a bit obvious in places, but it’s still easy to follow what happens in the film.
Why You Should Watch:
Nobody does killing better than John Wick so if you love watching action films, this one is a must-watch. For those who already know about John Wick’s abilities, you’ll be even more impressed with what is accomplished here. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is an ultraviolent extravaganza that’s one of the most fun films of the year.
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