'John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum' Review
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is a 2019 neo-noir action thriller film starring Keanu Reeves as the titular character in the third installment in the John Wick film series, following John Wick (2014) and John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017). The film is directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins, and Marc Abrams, based on a story by Kolstad. It also stars Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Anjelica Huston, and Ian McShane.
After gunning down a member of the High Table—the shadowy international assassin's guild—legendary hit man John Wick finds himself stripped of the organization's protective services. Now stuck with a $14 million bounty on his head, Wick must fight his way through the streets of New York as he becomes the target of the world's most ruthless killer.
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum was awesome. This was an action-packed film that kept it's foot on the gas for almost the entire time and it held back no punches. The action was incredible. From the start until the very end, it truly was breathtaking, heart pounding, and blood pumping.
What I love about the John Wick franchise as a whole is how subtle the action is. There is no need for a million different explosions, or really over the top action sequences. Often times the action sequences are very confined and rely more on choreography. But it still manages to be great and more often than not better.
The choreography is the true gem of this film. It was nothing short of amazing. For a film that has so many action sequences they still manage to be fresh.
The acting was also great and I really loved that score, but with that being said, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum had a few problems. The biggest was the story. It was very weak.
As a whole the film does struggle because of it. All this film really had was a premise. A very desperate John Wick is trying all he can to survive a world that basically wants him dead. They took that premise and ran with it, but didn't offer any real debt to it. After the film was over I realized that a lot of those cool action scenes were just filer, and a cover up to the fact that there was a very weak story.
Another problem I had with the film is that it really felt like a missed opportunity. The film felt like it was cut in half and watered down for the sake of the fourth film. I really liked Halle Berry's character, but they only skim the surface of her. They introduce her, but then she's pushed aside and saved for later. She had some great action scenes alongside her dogs that I loved. They introduce the character. Then they introduce her relationship with John Wick and her daughter, but never really explore it. Then she leaves. The same thing goes for the high table. It just felt like this film was a stepping stone for another one.
As a whole I thought the film was really enjoyable. The action scenes truly were amazing. There some of the best in the entire franchise. Just about everything in this film was great, but the overall story and ploy were very weak. The film really lacked that debt and emotion needed. As a whole the film really suffers because of it. That's one of the main reasons I found John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum to be slightly disappointing. It has the best action, but lacked the story, emotion, and debt that made the previous two films truly great.
Keanu Reeves was amazing as John Wick. You can tell from the first scene that he is 100% dedicated to the role. Like the previous films he is John Wick.
Halle Berry did an amazing job. I loved those action sequences involving her dogs. You can tell that she has been training for this film. I found her character to be the most intriguing, but I didn't think she was fully utilized. I thought she and Keanu really sold their frenemy relationship. I can't wait to see her again in chapter 4.
The guys from Raid 2 were in this film and they too did a great job. Ian McShane also did another great job. The acting as a whole was great especially for an action film.
The story and plot is where the film struggles. There just wasn't much there.
It's starts off great. I loved the first 30 minutes. It's John Wick being ex-communicated and fighting for his life. There was a great scene 15 minutes in where a hundred knifes where thrown. From the opining they had their for on the gas. However because of the very weak story the rest of the film just doesn't fully work. It just wasn't as impactful as it could've been because it didn't have much weight to it.
The story itself was basic. A very desperate John Wick goes to somebody for help, then he goes to Halle Berry's character for help, then to another character for help, then in the middle of the desert he finds what he's looking for only to deny it a few minutes later. That's basically the main story.
John Wick reversing his decision was a little annoying, because they really didn't put any time into it, and it felt a little lazy. Again, this was a very weak plot.
John Wick: Chapter 3 was a great film, but I couldn't help but find it a little disappointing. Again great action sequences, but the plot was so weak that they weren't as impactful as they couldn't been. There just wasn't any emotional weight to the film. I personally thought this was the weakest of the three films.
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum was a great fun with great action sequences, but the lack of a decent story really drags the film down. In the end I found John Wick: Chapter 3 to be a very enjoyable film to watch, even if it doesn't offer a whole lot in terms of story.
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