John Wick: Parabellum takes place with John Wick on the run now that he is excommunicated from The High Table. Now John Wick must fight through and survive multiple assassination attempts as a consequence for his past actions.
The action is just as brutal and well-directed as it has been for all the John Wick movies and most are filmed in glorious long takes. It’s also the most action packed film out of the franchise so far. Though the action seems to be especially gory in some parts, so yeah this film is not for the faint of heart.
However, while John Wick: Chapter 3 delivers on the, it lacks in story. It’s mostly just John Wick on the run from other assassins. But there is a strange decision that Wick makes during the third act of the film that basically negates something major he did 15 minutes earlier in the film, and that just begs the question why he swore to do that in the first place.
Keanu Reeves continues to impress as Wick – he is who you pay to see, and while some of his dialogue isn’t the best, he makes it work. The returning cast of Winston (Ian McShane), Charon (Lance Riddick), and the Bowery King (Laurence Fishborne) give nice performances. Halle Berry also appears in the film but she did not show up as much as I thought she would, but I did love her dogs. And everything comes down to dogs in this franchise doesn’t it?
The new ninja villain, Zero (Mark Dacascos), however had some cheesy and badly delivered dialogue that sometimes took me out of the film even if these films can sometimes falls on the ridiculous side. I mean is everyone in New York an assassin? Come on.
John Wick: Chapter 4 is already greenlit so I’ll be looking forward to seeing what happens next and the change of relationship dynamics. Overall, Parabellum is an enjoyable and top-notch action film but it lacks in story.
I give it a B+