Thanks to its mesmerising action, a unique aesthetic and flawless world-building, the John Wick franchise has become one of the most celebrated modern action series amongst film fans. Can the third chapter live up to the standards of its predecessors?
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum picks up moments after the events of chapter 2. John Wick (Keanu Reeves) has been excommunicated from the criminal underworld he once served after killing a man within the Continental Hotel, a safe haven for assassins with a strict no-kill policy. Now, with a $14 million bounty on his head, John must find sanctuary and kill his way through a seemingly endless wave of assassins who are hell-bent on collecting that bounty.
The action set-pieces are masterfully executed and undeniably impressive. The violence is unrelentingly brutal, but there is a certain amount of sadistic fun to be had watching John mutilate and kill his foes in creative ways. The film is also loaded with great moments of humour. For example, some of John’s attackers are massive John Wick fanboys who are genuinely stoked to be fighting the legendary assassin.
Keanu Reeves’s dedication to this franchise is astonishing, performing 90% of his own stunts. The supporting cast is also superb with the highlight being Sofia (Halle Berry), a semi-retired hit woman from Wick’s shadowy past. An equal to Wick in every way, Sofia is a fearsome fighter and Berry is phenomenal in the role.
And Parabellum ends with a cliffhanger, promising a fourth film in the series.
Director Chad Stahleski has given us another wickedly entertaining entry in the series with insane stunts, glorious bloodshed and terrific visuals. For fans of the franchise, this is a must-see!
Reviewed by Jordan Ellis