Halle BerryIan McShane...
Action & Adventure
In 7 Cinemas
You won’t need to play a violent video game because the new John Wick feature will satisfy your violence-junky needs and make it all seem just real enough.
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum follows hit man John Wick (Keanu Reeves) after he killed a member of the all-powerful and governing High Table, and now has to face the consequences. With an enormous bounty on his head and endless parties out to kill him, Wick has to do whatever he needs to survive, no matter the cost.
The plot is very basic as it is a setup for numerous, well-orchestrated fight scenes, as well as a brief continuation of the plots of the first and second parts of the franchise. The series is known for its outstanding and extreme fight scenes, and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum takes that to a whole new level with a feature stuffed to the edges with the desired violence, and just a sprinkle of plot.
What sets the action in this franchise, and even more so in this third instalment, is that the violence is completely over the top, specifically in this feature with samurai dogs, getting shot like it is nothing and more. But it is not silly or ridiculous. The balance between having extreme violence and it not looking cartoonish is a very hard one, and the franchise manages to maintain that balance even as the violence level is amped up through the meticulous orchestrating of the fights, Keanu Reeves’s fighting skills, and flawless editing.
The fights don’t really need much background for you to enjoy them, but the minimal plot will definitely be more enjoyable if you know the backstory of the main character, the main figures fighting him, as well as the dynamics of the world that the action takes place in.
For the acting, even though Keanu Reeves does not have too many emotional scenes, the few he did have were to the point. Reeves’s action scene skills shine in this instalment, and his efforts were evident as there were not too many cuts in the editing. Playing Wick’s alley Sofie, Halle Berry’s badass performance is fleeting but very memorable. Ian McShane showcased his talents once more, with an also brief but memorable performance as Winston, and portrayed emotion changes well, using just his voice. Playing Bowery King, Laurence Fishburne gave a performance that is reminiscent of his role in The Matrix as Morpheus, especially with the presence of Keanu Reeves.
If you liked the first two installments of John Wick, then you will definitely love this amped-up new violent chapter.