John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum is a marked step up from over indulgent Chapter 2 whilst still falling fault to some of the same issues.  But it also features one of the single best action sequences of the year in the knife room fight and, until the final act at least, never feels repetitive or dull as it strikes to find innovation in everyone of it’s action sequences.  Keanu is once again fully engaged and the stunt/ action work is first class but by the time the film hits the final stretch the Chapter 2 repetition issues start to weight the film down again and I was more than ready for it to end when the film finally filled credits.  Which is a shame as 20 minutes shorter this could well be one of the best films of 2019.  Flawed then but fun.

Best Bit: THAT Knife fight

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: John Wick: Chapter 2, John Wick, The Matrix

 


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John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019): Review by Grosse Point Geek

John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019): Review by Grosse Point Geek

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Plot In a nutshell:After killing a member of the all powerful High Table on the sanctified grounds of the Continental Hotel, John Wick (Keanu Reeves plus dog) is on the run with a $14 million dollar bounty on his head and every assassin on the planet after him for the reward. Its now a race against time for John to get out of New York and somehow make good with the High Table before his deadly pursuers catch up with him.

What worked:To be honest  – just about all of it, and as long you dont take it too seriously you’re in for one hell of a ride. To say the least this film is bonkers   – which is mostly due to the utterly insane action sequences which get madder by the minute  – you name it this film has it – fisticuffs by the bucketload, bullet riddled  gun fights, knife smackdowns, sword fights, motorbike chases and in one very wince inducing scene what will now be forever known as “Horse Fu”  – no honestly you will have to see it to believe it.
Its also well acted  – Keanu is very good as Wick and deserves alot of kudos for how he throws himself into all the action scenes. Halle Berry is also impressive as an old acquaintance who is forced to help him after he cashes in a blood oath, plus Ian McShane, Lance Reddick and Lawrence Fishburne all return to their respective roles and lend the film some smooth gravitas and high quality acting chops.

 

Finally director Chad Stahelski proves once again he is one of the most accomplished action directors working today -coming up with some truly death defying camera shots and some very inventive set pieces.
What could have been better: Its at least 15 minutes too long, Halle Berry isnt in it for long enough and towards the end one does feel a bit of sensory overload with just how much endless scrapping is going on.
Best Scene:An almighty blazing gun fight that takes place in an empty Casablanca market involving Berry, Reeves, a whole swathe of bad guys plus two extremely vicious and  very well trained attack dogs.
Review Summary:A bit long but so enjoyably nuts that you wont really care – this refreshingly quirky action franchise just keeps going from strength to strength – roll on Chapter 4.

See It At the Cinema?– Definitely

Buy On DVD/Blu Ray?  –Of Course

 

 


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