Review: John Wick: Chapter 3- Parabellum

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The third installation into the John Wick series produced plenty of positive reviews, including a 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. What makes the John Wick series, starring Keanu Reeves, different from all the other “shooter” movies is the quality and length of its fight sequences. Compared to other movies where there seems to be a long fight scene followed by a break, John Wick is purely two hours of nicely executed action.

The movie takes place directly after the events of John Wick 2, so you may be a little confused on what’s happening if you haven’t seen the previous movie. Wick is instantly on the run with a 14 million dollar bounty on his head. This was strategically placed so Wick could begin fighting within the first five minutes of the movie. One of his first encounters was against the 7-foot, 3-inch-tall basketball player, Boban Marjanovic (who plays a hitman in the movie) and their fight sets the stage for the rest of the movie.

Following that, moviegoers will witness one of the most thrilling action sequences to date. With no more ammo, Wick and other hitmen find themselves next to several cases of knives. The hitmen, as well as the audience, learn that Wick is very good at knife throwing, as dozens of men hit the floor. Instead of wasting 15 to 30 minutes setting up a plot, they immediately jumped right into what makes the movie franchise so successful.

On a negative note, this movie seriously lacked plot and was very hard to follow at times. Furthermore, a frustrating part was when two assassins knocked down Wick, but willingly let him back up to fight. There seems to be an immortal-like feeling for Wick where there is no chance or fear of him actually dying.

Despite the minor negatives, this movie was really well done and left us with a cliffhanger heading into John Wick 4, which will be full of entertaining and lengthy action sequences. Even when it’s not clear why 20 gang members try to ambush Wick, it’s definitely exciting to watch. Ultimately, Parabellum is yet another action-packed movie encompassing John Wick being John Wick.

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