John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Review Written By B. Gunn
Six million ways to die, choose one – or have it chosen for you! The Baba Yaga is back. “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” stars Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Lawrence Fishburne, and Mark Alan Dascascos. After John broke rule #1 in the last film, he was deemed excommunicado, and a 14 million-dollar bounty was put on his head. “Parabellum” picks up right where “Chapter 2” left off.
This movie deals with the consequence of his action – in a major way! The first shout-out I want give is to the fight choreographers and the stunt team. The hand-to-hand combat and weapons-utilization sequences transcend anything you’ve seen to date – no cap. Merely calling them “fight scenes” is an oversimplification. This is some next-level shyt. The scenes are shot without quick-cuts, meaning what you see is the equivalent of watching a UFC or boxing match. These actors are fighting for minutes on end, uninterrupted, until somebody dies, dammit! Fights on tables, fights in stables, fights on motorcycles, fights in libraries – it’s mind-blowing. There’s so much action, it almost becomes tiring to watch, until a new style of combat is introduced that you’ve never seen before. It’s time we put Reeves up there with the likes of Jason Statham, Wesley Snipes, and Batman!
Reeves is a master at what he does. In this movie, he has to bring out the vulnerability of John Wick because this dude is being hunted by every assassin in the world and he’s desperate for help. We get to see Wick do things that are totally out of his character, and when he’s faced with tough choices, we as an audience feel his emotional state. Ok, this next actor needs no introduction, but in this movie, she lets us know immensely.
Allow me to re-introduce myself, my name is Halle! Halle Berry is an absolute BEAST in “Parabellum”. This is her re-invention, y’all. Her character Sophia is the female version of John Wick. They team up better than seafood and Old Bay seasoning. I’m extremely happy for Halle because her past action movies never utilized her true physical talents. In this film, however, she shows the hell out! And those dogs – cot-toe-mighty! She actually broke three ribs during practice…wow. With her tactical training, if the “John Wick” franchise ever branched out, Berry is the next big action star.
The plot of “Parabellum” is just as entertaining as the action. There are some surprises that come from McShane and Lance Riddick, the concierge. Dacascos as the antagonist is a formidable foe; very deadly, but the character can be a little quirky, and some may have an issue with that. Some fight scenes involving Berry seem staged and you might even be able to see the telegraphing of punches and slight hesitation, but it isn’t overly obvious. My biggest problem with “Parabellum” is in the 3rd act. I won’t spoil it, but we like John Wick because as dope of an assassin he is, he’s still human. He can be killed.
A particular scene catapults him into superhuman status which is unbelievable, like – naaaah, I don’t believe that. Also, there’s a scene involving Fishburne and Dacascos which later on in the film makes you go, “Wait a minute? How are you still around?” Those two issues irked the shyt outta me!
At any rate, this is a one phenomenal action movie. Each one gets better and better. I’d say the John Wick franchise is the R-rated version of the Mission Impossible franchise. I’m co-signing “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” to the fullest! I saw it in IMAX and good lawd, so should you, if you can.
Si vis pacem, parabellum. Translation: If you want peace, prepare for war. John Wick is bringing that shyt…
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