The third instalment in the John Wick film franchise is out with Keanu Reeves back as the ruthless, cunning assassin.
Directed by Chad Stahelski, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum has all the fast-paced violent scenes you would expect from a blockbuster action film.
The narrative is lacking in a lot of ways but that is never the focus of this thrills-per-minute bloodbath.
I never realised how many unique ways there are to kill a person.
At one point Keanu Reeves murders somebody by getting a horse to kick them to death, which really says everything about this film.
It’s violent, a little bit ridiculous but also entertaining.
There are some major guest stars including Halle Berry and Reeves’ old matrix co-star Laurence Fishburne. Fishburne also featured in John Wick 2 and returned to the series for this instalment.
One of the most impressive performances is from Asia Kate Dillon, an actor who is very much on the rise.
They play the adjudicator of the High Table, a cold-hearted nemesis of John Wick who is constantly trying to bring about his demise. Dillon has a very powerful intensity on screen and is always interesting to watch.
Dillon has mostly had success in television, with roles in major shows such as Orange is the New Black and Billions, for which they have been nominated for an Emmy.
Director Chad Stahelski has history working as a stunt performer and co-ordinator.
This is evident in the focus and emphasis put on fight choreography throughout John Wick 3.
The only problem is the fight scenes get very repetitive and monotonous. There are only so many times you can watch a villainous goon be beat to death quickly and efficiently, even if it is Keanu Reeves executing it.
Reeves is perfect for this big time role and lots of people will be enthralled by the action regardless of the film’s flaws.
This is evident in the success John Wick 3 is currently having at the box office.
Watch the trailer…