John Wick: Chapter 3-Parabellum Review

John Wick: Chapter 3-Parabellum Review
By: Rich Bachman Last Updated: May 18, 2019

Overview

Immediately following the events of John Wick 2, our favorite assassin (played by Keanu Reeves) is now on the run from New York City’s “High Table” of the crime underworld. With a huge bounty on his head, John Wick has every assassin in New York City after him. Wick must survive by any means and make sure he can take out as many enemies as possible in the process.

John Wick: Chapter 3-Parabellum is rated R for pervasive strong violence, and some language

What Worked:

From the opening scene to rolling credits, fans are flooded with what make this franchise so entertaining. The film is basically two hours of non-stop action. The fight choreography and stunt work of the last two films continues to improve with each entry. Keanu Reeves does an amazing job handling a good amount of these moves himself, which is very impressive. Reeves’s acting is perfect for this character as well, very short and to the point. Additionally, supporting characters such as Zero (Mark Dacascos) and Sofia (Halle Berry) also have great roles that provide memorable moments in the film. Halle Berry’s guard dogs for instance provide some of the movie’s coolest scenes. Director Chad Stahelski ensured every shot was visually stunning. From the dark streets of New York to the bright sands of the Middle East, This is truly a stunning looking picture indeed. Parabellum also has solid laughs throughout, which help provide some cushion in between the action. It also features a score that may not be memorable, but is effective. This movie offers so much action and entertainment. Everything from John Wick fighting seven foot giants to engaging in samurai sword fights on motorcycles. Overall, John Wick-Chapter 3: Parabellum is ridiculous entertainment and is the perfect popcorn movie.

What Didn’t Work:

This new John Wick chapter is extremely solid all around. Most complaints will be from people that are not into revenge heavy action movies. While the first two movies had somewhat of a backstory, this new film decided to keep everything simple. When comparing this new installment to previous chapters of the franchise, John Wick 3 falls a little short in the plot department. Where as the first two films were revenge movies, Parabellum is more along the lines of kill or be killed. However, are people honestly going into a John Wick movie looking for plot? No, they want Keanu Reeves lashing out his anger on bad guys for two hours. This new movie definitely accomplishes that and even brings some surprises along the way.

Overall:

The third installment of the John Wick franchise is satisfying on numerous levels. Every movie in the series has improved and brought something new to the table. Although the movie’s plot doesn’t quite have the purpose of it’s predecessors, it still provides what it’s fans are looking for. A John Wick movie doesn’t need an elaborate story or character development to be memorable. When seeing these movies we are looking for Keanu Reeves being a total edgy hero, and executing revenge in only the way he can. Reeves provides some of the best fight choreography in film history. This movie is the definition of entertainment, and moviegoers will love watching the chaos ensue.