John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

In John Wick’s world, assassins follow the rules, or they pay the price. John Wick broke a lot of rules in Chapters 1 and 2, and now he’s on the run, banned from the assassins’ hotel/safehouse, with a $14 million bounty on his head. With no clear escape route, Wick travels deep into the New York City underworld, doing whatever he can to survive. Meanwhile, the underworld’s hidden rulers are after Wick and anyone who helps him, hellbent on keeping them all in line.

It’s probably unavoidable that the story is getting more convoluted as more chapters are added to John Wick’s story. What started as a simple revenge tale about a man and his dog is now a globe-spanning power struggle between the mysterious High Table and those who’ve fallen out of its favour. Fortunately, the ins and outs of the conflict can safely be ignored if, like me, you came to see John Wick do what he does best.

The fight sequences in John Wick 3 range from a little repetitive to spectacularly innovative, and sometimes a mix of both. But for me, I got my money’s worth early on in the film when Wick takes on a gang of bounty hunters in a weapon shop and lets knives fly as if they were bullets. It’s brutal, intense, and hilarious all at once. And while it’s the clear standout, there are other great moments to be found as Wick fights his way through whoever is dumb enough to stand in his way, with some help from Wick’s friends and his friends’ dogs.

John Wick 3 is a solid addition to this franchise, one that seems to be gaining momentum with each successive chapter. This franchise is powered by effort and willpower, and as long as Keanu Reeves continues to bring both to his role, John Wick’s adventures will be worth watching, regardless of how muddled the plot may get.

11 thoughts on “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

  1. Often Off Topic

    It’s amazing for a series like this to just keep getting better! I loved Chapter 3, and I’m so glad we’re getting a Chapter 4, but I hope it ends on a high note rather than dragged out for the sake of money.

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  2. tubularsock

    Well Sean, as Tubularsock always says: “IF IT BLOWS UP AND BURNS, who needs a plot anyway!

    Tubularsock marvels at the “fact” that when Tubularsock has a hangnail it sometimes causes extreme pain.

    But John can be thrown off of, well anything at any speed, slid across asphalt for 50 feet and smash into a wall and just get up and shake it off.

    EVEN all those years Tubularsock spent eating Wheaties, the Breakfast of Champions, didn’t help Tubularsock in the least!

    Great review.


  3. Birgit

    But does he find love at the lake house with Sandy? The first film made me almost physically ill and I still tear up about the scene with the dog which I feel was not necessary even if that was his main reason for going after the men. They didn’t need to show it or have us hear it…I hated that and can’t watch that but the rest, I can. My hubby will be happy to know how well #3 is

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