John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

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A film of such high octane action needs sufficient calmer moments and dialogue, something John Wick 3 simply doesn’t supply

The issue with John Wick: Chapter 3, is that its offering, of pure all out action, has been done by itself, twice before. Naturally the film is visually stunning with its love of neon and futuristic design, but concentrating so much heavy violence over incredibly long and extended periods, the film falls by the wayside in interest and general plot.

John Wick (Keanu Reeves), now on the run, is declared ‘excommunicado’ and wanted by the New York City Continental with a $14 million bounty placed on his head. Escaping multiple assassins and criminals looking for the reward, Wick must travel across the world to escape those looking to kill him on the spot.

Gripping for its opening sections, John Wick Chapter 3 quickly drops off, as its most unique and interesting fight scenes are used up almost instantaneously. The film really struggles to draw in with its plot, merely banking on the action always seeming powerful enough to supply all of the intrigue.

Halle Berry stars as ‘Sofia’ in JOHN WICK 3. Photo credit: Niko Tavernise

Maybe the new settings and characters offer something different for the casual action fan, but as a greater film, there is very little in Parabellum that breaks new ground.

It still feels as a series of levels in a video game does, just with added wonderful graphics. Rather like watching a stream on twitch.tv instead of a feature film with an enormous budget. The fighting is absolutely top level choreography, and the cinematography is miles ahead of its contemporaries, but that doesn’t stop it lacking in so many other departments. A film of such high octane action needs sufficient calmer moments and dialogue, something John Wick 3 simply doesn’t supply.

Boasting a very mixed end of film report card, Parabellum excels at its specialist subject, and drops the ball on almost everything else. It’s the cleanest, most impressive John Wick film, but it deviates so little from the others it will never take the step above them as it certainly could have done.

 

3/5

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