Keanu Reeves as John Wick is back – uglier and unshaven as ever. In trouble as ever. And the film is bloodier and violent as ever – it obeying the rules (not like Wick in the Continental hotel) of being bigger and louder a sequel than the original. But not necessarily for the better. The film proves that there can be too much of a good thing – arguably if one wants to count action set pieces as a good thing.
The word Parabellum in the film title mens ‘prepare for war’ though it is arguable that all the assassins in the world vs. John Wick can be defined as one .
Chad Stahelski who also directed the original returns to the director’s chair in the third instalment of the franchise offering more action and violence as the first two John Wick films. The film is all action based on a loose story line that surprisingly took four screenwriters, Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins, and Marc Abram to pen.
The most interesting aspect of the first JOHN WICK1984 film is the Continental Hotel. As every John Wick fan knows, no one can do away with anyone there – as it a place of solace and amnesty that every criminal or cop has to adhere to. John Wick broke the rule. As a result he finds himself on the run for a host of assassins all out to kill Wick to earn the huge bounty of $14 million put on his head. Being declared as excommunicado after killing D’Antonio on Continental grounds, the chances of survival have never been thinner for Wick. With the aid of old allies, John seeks to turn the tide.
A subplot involves the head and owner of the Continental, Winston (Ian McShane) forced to step down but refuses who also helps Wick by giving him blood markers, whatever that means.
The film was shot in exotic locations like Morocco, Montreal and New York City. The soundtrack by Tyler Bates who is good for putting lots o signs together in a soundtrack is a winner.
Besides Reeves, other actors in the franchise like Halle Berry as Sofia another assassin but close friend, Laurence Fishburne and Lance Reddick as Charron the continental concierge reprise their roles.
The film is excessively violent. There nastiest of these is a blade stabbed right into a victim’s eye during fight. Other stabbings to the head and other body parts happen frequently.
The action flick runs two hours. After a quarter through the film, one realizes that the film is nothing more than actions set pieces that eventually get really boring and repetitive. Wick fights his assassins using Martial Arts, knives, motorbikes, guns, hand-to-hand and cars. All the fight options are too exhausted. So is the audience’s attention span. Chapter 3 is clearly the worst of the John Wick franchise.
JOHN WICK 3, as the film is alternatively called hopes to derail AVENGERS ENDGAME from the number 1 box-office this weekend.