John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019) is the third instalment of the ever-growing John Wick franchise that is a true summer action flick. Directed once again by Chad Stahelski, this film keeps their impressive cast list with Keanu Reeves as John Wick and Halle Berry as Sofia, who both have to try and keep Wick alive with a $14 million bounty on his head and dozens of killers ready to fight him.
This film may just have some of the most innovative and fun action sequences I have seen in years. The choreography is top notch, the cinematography is stunning and the editing on these sequences are superb. The action feels real and gritty, but they also feel refreshing and new, using different techniques in order to not make the action come off as repetitive. There is one action sequence near the start that has absolutely no music accompanying it, and it only made the hits feel harder and the tension build even more.
What I appreciated about this entry in particular is how they are finally fleshing out the world of the John Wick franchise. I feel like in this film, we get more details on the Continental and the High Table, alongside seeing all the different locations throughout the story. It not only makes the film feel more grounded and real, but also provides for some spectacular backdrops and settings.
Sofia gets a real backstory development here as well, and I really appreciate what they did with her character in the section that she really got to be a part of. There is a plot point that ends up affecting the current action and moment, and it takes you straight back to one of the main plot points of the first film in the John Wick franchise. not only does this work narratively, but is also emotional and a great driving force for the upcoming action.
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