John Wick: Chapter three – Parabellum assessment — Keanu takes a chunk of superb motion

When sharp-suited superassassin John Wick dives again into the intricately designed cloak-and-dagger universe established within the game-changing 2015 authentic and the 2017 sequel, it is unhealthy information for nearly anybody he meets. But it is nice information for us.

Released (or ought to that be unleashed?) around the globe this week and killing it on the field workplace, John Wick: Chapter three – Parabellum is barking mad. And not simply because there are much more canines thrown into the combination. The sequence began with soulful assassin Wick grieving his useless pet, and it is a signal of how the sequence has simply gotten larger, badder and madder that Chapter three — Parabellum throws a squad of assault canines into the ring.

John Wick three picks up moments after the top of the second film, with Keanu Reeves’ hit man on the run from his shadowy masters. The sequence components of trendy, visceral, relentlessly jaw-dropping motion is firmly established by now, and this threequel wastes little time in moving into the thick of it. Parabellum strikes at breakneck velocity as Wick escapes his pursuers.

From right here, Wick rushes from one violent confrontation to the subsequent, slowing down solely to get doses of exposition from allies performed by sequence newcomers Anjelica Huston and Jerome Flynn (Bronn from Game of Thrones). Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane and Lance Reddick reprise their roles. These heavyweight actors deliver gravitas and add depth to the ludicrous lore, chewing loads of surroundings as they steer Wick to the subsequent motion sequence.

It’s a reasonably simple components, however let’s be trustworthy: You come to a film like this for intense motion, and John Wick three would not disappoint. An early scene sees Wick making human pin cushions out of some goons, and that is simply the beginning of numerous darkly satisfying moments.

Then there are these homicidal hounds. We bounce from one formidable set piece to a different, widening the scope of Wick’s World from New York to a stunningly realized Casablanca, the place Halle Berry proves her motion chops in a number of the film’s greatest sequences. Watch out for these canines! Sadly, Berry would not stick round lengthy sufficient.

Halle Berry is man’s greatest buddy.

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It’s a sequence trademark that the motion is at all times clearly seen. The kinetic digicam work carries us easily alongside for the experience, stuffed with audacious uninterrupted pictures displaying off the athleticism of Reeves and the stuntmen who cost at him to be dispatched in assorted entertaining methods. The climactic battle has some fairly magnificent buildup with a wonderful shootout, however the last hand-to-hand combat outstays its welcome somewhat. You’ll snigger and cringe on the surprising violence, however could end up feeling a bit numb by the point it is over.


Yeah, we’re considering he is again.

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Luckily, the sequence’ world and backstory is as fascinating as ever. Wick’s order of assassins has a violent code of honor that is enforced with loads of darkish humor, dressed up in evocative, wealthy, quasireligious language. 

And this film takes the time to develop its new villains. Mark Dacascos actually shines as Wick’s charismatic nemesis, build up the sense of a direct bodily menace, whereas Asia Kate Dillon’s ice-cold bureaucrat hints at a bigger enemy behind the scenes.

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Reeves is sort of monosyllabic all through, clearly, however says simply sufficient to make you care about his character (and his canine, in fact) as he is introduced with selections that up the stakes at each flip. Parabellum twists and turns dizzyingly as characters’ alliances shift, so issues by no means get too snug because the motion unfolds with breakneck momentum.

Come able to lean into John Wick: Chapter three’s foolish drama and you will have a blast throughout this riotous celebration of motion cinema.

Good canine.

For extra on John Wick: Chapter three – Parabellum, try our sister web site GameSpot’s assessment too.

Originally printed May 10.