John Wick: Chapter 3- Parabellum
Imagine your favorite thrill ride at an amusement park. I’d say for most people that would be a really dope roller coaster. I love them all. And while they do essentially the same thing there are unique differences to each of them. The speed. The height. The twists and turns that sometimes hurt more than they thrill, and you just don’t care as long as you got that exhilarating euphoria you were looking for. Roller coasters are additive to me. I want to ride them all. Action movies like roller coasters; sign me up.
Shoot em’ up, beat em’ up, fast kinetic heart pounding action with a decent story and strong charters that I can root for and against is what it’s all about. I wrestle sometimes when reviewing, how a genre film impacts my takeaways. Action movies inherently are serving something different. I wouldn’t go to McDonalds to order a hot dog and I wouldn’t watch an action movie expecting an Academy Award. However, things are changing. Genre films are pushing the envelope and continually redefining the theatrical experience and “John Wick: Chapter 3- Parabellum” champions this sentiment.
John Wick (Keanu Reeves) has 1 hour to get out of New York. Picking up immediately after the events of “John Wick: Chapter 2” our formerly retired super assassin is on the run with a $14 million-dollar bounty on his head after breaking a cardinal rule where he killed a high-ranking member of an international assassins organization, The High Table. He must use his expert combat and survival skills to get to the one person who may be able to release the “Excommunicado” he’s been designated.
From the beginning of the story this film is brimming with energy and is truly the crescendo of action for the franchise, or so we think. Joh Wick never lets up and his relentless will to survive and imaginative pension for dealing death is fascinating. The 87-Eleven stunt team and now production company choreograph a dance of dazzling death and mayhem.
Yes, I love alliterations!
The stamina and patience executed in every shot is a testament to the passion the producers and performers bring to the entire project. This movie sounds gorgeous. Every thud, slap, punch, kick and gunshot are felt and absorbing you as you watch on screen. I highly recommend seeing this movie in premium formats which compliments the stylized production design and this seedy underworld being shown. The technical elements in this film are what I believe will be the most Awards Circuit worthy.
3 movies in and we’re continuing to learn new and mysterious things about this society and the people with in it. The minor and major players that make up some of the coolest world building done in an Action movie franchise since “The Matrix”. Although, at times during the middle of the film some of the world building gets a little dense. While your mind is trying to wrap your head around thousands of rounds of bullets cascading the screen you’re also trying to understand who’s who and what’s what and how that’s connected to this without much chance to breathe.
But do you really care? Kind of, but not really!
Like a rollercoaster you have moments of a lull before a big drop off and a speed up into a loopty loop.
We are in peak Keanu with this film and his commitment to his craft is at an all-time high. He’s no stranger to action movies but impressively sells you on his capability and resolve. Halle Berry’s portrayal of the Dog Queen Sofia is her best work onscreen since “Monster’s Ball” and “Sword Fish”. She’s stunning and her story will grip you too. She is captivating, sexy, fierce and a huge standout in the film. Honestly, the performances within the entire ensemble are great. From Anjelica Huston as the Director, to Laurence Fishburne’s reprisal of the “Bowery King” and Ian McShane’s always cool “Manager”; they’re all memorable and make you want more. They make you want spin off prequels with each of them; they’re written that good.
This is not your typical trilogy folks. Uniquely this film can stand on its own as it handles a lot of catching up in fun ways where if you haven’t seen the 2 previous films it doesn’t detract from your engagement and this films finality isn’t what you may think either. The playground is huge and leaves a lot to explore as the announced “Continental” Tv series should help fill in the gaps to what makes this world so intriguing.
John Wick 3 is a roaring symphony riddled with bullets, blood, knives and many lost lives. The kill count is hard to keep up with and the way you’ll engage with this film will be a top 5 theater going experiences of the decade. This movie sounds as good as it looks and carries a sweet balance of all out-Action Movie madness with a slick story that makes it one of, if not the best Action Movie of ALL TIME!
KOLBYTOLDME RATING- 9/10
Director: Chad Stahelski
Writers: Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins, Marc Abrams
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne
Run Time: 130 mins