Review : John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum

“Super-assassin John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin’s guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head – he is the target of hit men and women everywhere.”

Oh here we go again. As far as action movies go, the first John Wick is a damn near masterpiece, and that plus its sleeper hit emergence, allowed for the expansion of the Wick universe and the production of a second movie. That second movie wasn’t exactly as good as the first, but it raised the bar and was definitely still a really good movie. That leads us to here, and chapter 3, aptly subtitled parabellum, Latin for prepare for war. This movie picks up right after the events of the second, and other than a brief respite to start, then takes you down a war path of seemingly never ending action set pieces, in seemingly never ending crazy, cool, cinematic sets. Each of these movies has successfully used the existing lore of the films, and expanded just enough to keep it fresh and interesting. They’re so many layers to the mythology of the world they have created, and the consequences of the previous movies also ripple forward and outward here, which is a nice attention to detail. You’re constantly reminded that these movies were created and made by former stuntmen, as the series has always relied on physical stunt work and tight choreography to keep its action tense and grounded. Truth be told, when this movie starts, it doesn’t really have an actual storyline, but over time the film slowly reveals the actual plot, which then intertwines itself with what was just the ramifications of the previous movie, playing out to start this one. In many ways this movie is like its predecessor, in that its super entertaining, well shot and well made, it just can’t live up to the emotional impact of the first movie. All in all, this movies is more than worth seeing on the big screen, especially if you’re s fan of action or if the previous entries, and I look forward to where these movies go in the future.

Review Score : 8 out of 10

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