John Wick 3: Parabellum - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Rated R for strong bloody violence and language. Length: 131 minutes.
This third installment in the hugely popular franchise picks up right where the last film ended: After gunning down a member of the High Table, legendary hit man John Wick (Keanu Reeves) finds himself stripped of the organization's protective services. Now stuck with a $14 million bounty on his head, Wick must fight his way through the streets of New York as he becomes the target of the world's most ruthless killers. “Parabellum” is Latin for “prepare for war” and this film takes that meaning to a whole new level. It never lets up with sequence after sequence of intense and astonishing fight scenes all beautifully choreographed and involving public libraries, horse stables, sword fights on high speed motorbikes, a room full of knives and of course adorable but deadly dogs. One of the highlights of the film is a battle sequence in Casablanca where Wick and an old ally named Sofia (Halle Berry) fight through a mini army of assassins with the help of her faithful and trained battle dogs. It’s truly awesome. This would be the films best set piece if it was not already so chock block full of them it’s hard to decide,
Reeves still oozes cool calm and deadly charisma in the titular role and proves once again why he is a film star and the heart of the franchise. Halle Berry is excellent in her role and my only complaint is she was used too briefly. The supporting cast elevates the film which includes Ian McShane, Anjelica Huston and Lawrence Fishburne filling their roles of officials surrounding the world of the secret assassin society. Acclaimed martial artist Marc Dacascos steals every scene he is in as a deadly assassin called Zero that is almost equal to John Wick who also happens to be a super fan of his target and brings unusual charm and humor to his otherwise grim role.
The film is a knock out for action spectacle and elevates fight sequences choreography to a whole new state of art. The film ends on a surprise cliff hanger and perfectly sets up the franchise for a 4th installment. I’m already in line.