MOVIE REVIEW | “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum”

By STACY BAUER
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For it all to make perfect sense, you would have needed to light the first and second Wick, so to speak. But that doesn’t mean the unending thrills and visceral visuals can’t still heartily appease.

Based on a story by Derek Kolstad, JW3 is written by Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins and Marc Abrams. Directing credit goes to former stuntman Chad Stahelski. He knows his craft, undeniably, being perfectly skilled for merging both jobs.

After the events of John Wick 2, where John (Keanu Reeves) chose to go against the rules of the Continental hotel (which is supposed to be an assassin safe haven), and gun down a member of the High Table, he finds himself “excommunicado,” suspended.

Unable to use any of the dark assassins organization’s protective services, a $14 million bounty is placed on his head, and John finds himself with one hour’s head start. The thirsty killers are already hot on the tails of him and his dog.

03He must survive as he fights through the streets of New York and Morocco. We are treated immediately to a thirty-minute action sequence. Throughout, they are so well-executed, it’s stunning.

The often-brutal fight scenes are ingeniously choreographed, on the verge of beautiful, and more importantly, they’re always coherent. While this role doesn’t give Reeves a lot of opportunities for character work or even much dialogue, he’s a welcome anchor for this franchise.

In supporting roles, Ian McShane (Winston), Lance Reddick (Charon), Halle Berry (Sofia) and Laurence Fishburne (Bowery King) all return for solid performances. Unlike Chapter 2, most of the cast that Wick goes up against are trained fighters.

This sets the action apart, and elevates the creative and kinetic fight sequences to a whole ‘nother level: It truly reminds you of dancing, only combatively so.

On the back end, we are again treated to a thirty-minute-long, multi-dynamic action sequence, but it’s not tiring. Nor is it conclusive.

This is a franchise, not a trilogy, so there’s plenty of room for 360-degree movement, literally.

You are sure to love every brilliant moment.

 

 

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