John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

After being excommunicated from the hitman underground, John Wick finds himself on the run from legions of assassins after a $14 million contract is put on his head.

This third installment ups the ante again with unimaginably epic action scenes and set pieces, and a once again powerhouse delivery by Keanu Reeves and the incredible stunts team. The fight choreography has so much dedication put into it and the visual style and cinematography stand out. Those who love the first film for its vibrant action won’t be let down by Parabellum at all, as all the blood and excitement is still very much present thanks to Chad Stahelski who has wonderfully directed all three films and helped make this franchise one like no other. Reeves’ performance as always awesome but also deep, and he puts so much commitment into the role that it’s clear how much he loves playing John Wick. Another win is Halle Berry, who owns her scenes and shares some great scenes with Wick. The way they handle the plot is mostly interesting, although flawed. The themes sometimes get muddled and confusing, and it feels like a lot less development happens than in the first two, because while still exciting, it feels cut a tad short. The ending unfortunately just makes the movie feel like a bridge between Chapter 2 and 4, and considering I had been waiting for 2 years to see how the ending of Chapter 2 is resolved, it’s a little frustrating for them to make us wait another two years to give us closure because ultimately, a lot less changes by the end of this installment. Also, the fights in the third act do get repetitive or overly extended at one point where the intensity slightly drops, and the villain shows up out of nowhere in the middle of the movie and doesn’t feel interesting at all, rather just another random pawn John has to fight through but with more extended screen time and wise-cracking lines. The only characters you’re really still invested in are the protagonists, like the characters played by Reeves, Berry, Ian McShane, and Laurence Fishburne. Unfortunately, the story doesn’t have that same spark the first two did, but the action still makes this one a worthy watch, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what will go down in Chapter 4 (spoiler alert: he’s probably going to kill a lot of people again).

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum‘s plot sometimes fails to catch up to the brutal and enthralling action and set pieces, but is still worth a watch for action moviegoers, fans of the previous films, and those who just love seeing Keanu Reeves do his thing, and I for one am looking forward to seeing more of his dedication and presence in the future.

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