John Wick: Chapter 3- Parabellum

John Wick: Chapter 3- Parabellum
John Wick: Chapter 3- Parabellum


‘Prepare for war’, someone who knows Latin will tell you that in these gloriously dumb (but still remarkably well-staged) gun-fu movies, the war is already here and in fact it lasts the entire film.

Maybe others like it when Keanu Reeves talks, but he’s really far more effective and entertaining when he moves.

His somber suit-clad NYC assassin has become his signature role, stripping down Speed and The Matrix into something
John Woo-sleek.

In preparation for the first film, Reeves reportedly trained a minimum of eight hours per day for four months to assume
the role of the once-retired assassin.

He doesn’t seem to do half measures. Mob thugs killed his pet pit bull in the first film, and those guys are long gone.

Even though the latest John Wick brings on the usual distractions – Ian McShane’s flowery boutique-hotel proprietor, Lawrence Fishburne’s king of the Bowery underworld, Halle Berry as a lady with vicious dogs that leap straight for the crotch – mostly
these characters stay out of the way. We’re here for the rigorously conceived, blessedly coherent takedowns, the work of director Chad Stahelski (also Reeves’s longtime stunt double and choreographer). Stahelski is a fight-scene Fosse and Reeves is his Gwen Verdon: Parabellum takes the hall-of-mirrors high style of the second film and pushes it into overdrive.

A closed Manhattan Bridge is the perfect site for a sword duel on speeding motorcycles. Put Wick on a horse and he’s more of a menace than John Wayne on a grouchy day.

In one fight, so many knives are flung, they need to use a corpse for a pin cushion.

It’s the golden age of something – just please don’t make us explain it.

This is a fever dream of an action movie: you’ll emerge from it blissfully dazed.

If you’ve not seen the first two films you can still enjoy this one but why miss out on all that glorious action?

An intense return for an action-movie icon

Amazing choreography and an ageless Keanu Reeves on form

Chad Stahelski

June 5 (18TC)

By Joshua Rothkopf | 02 Jun 2019


John Wick: Chapter 3- Parabellum
Release DateJune 05, 2019
DirectorChad Stahelski
CastingKeanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne
Film Category Action