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John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

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7.42 h 10 min2019X-RayHDRUHD15
After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world’s most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn. Third film in the franchise about a hitman trying to get out.
Directors
Chad Stahelski
Starring
Keanu ReevesHalle BerryLaurence Fishburne
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ActionSuspense
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Supporting actors
Asia Kate DillionJason MantzoukasMark DacascosLance ReddickAnjelica HustonIan McShane
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Basil IwanykErica Lee
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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Hooper's CigarReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 September 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Prepare... for Bore.
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Around 30 or so minutes into 'John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum' (try saying that drunk three times) I turned to my good lady and mused "If I got a pound for every time Mr Wick shoots a fella in the head, I would have approximately £78 in the bank right now". Sadly, age isn't on my side and in all the hoo-ha I failed to keep up with John's cranial gunplay tomfoolery so I must forever estimate how many he did in reality blow away. Not that it would matter mind, as all the mathematical calculations in the world wouldn't prevent this third entry in the series from being the incessant bore it so doggedly wanted to become...

Picking up directly after the events from 'Chapter 2' (not ‘IT’ - but could be, who knows anymore…) - our man John Wick (Keanu Reeves) finds himself on the run and out on his own after shooting a fella of the “High Table” (insert whatever shadowy international James Bond style corporation you feel is prevalent) on hallowed grounds - namely a New York hotel named ‘The Continental’. Stripped of the organisation's protective services and with a hefty $14 million price tag on his head, ‘ol John must fight his way through a horde of assassins, martial arts supremo’s whilst having a few nice chats with the bloke from Lovejoy all in the name of getting to meet up with his dog again. Or somethin’.

First up, I rather enjoyed the previous two entries in this series - sure, they were dumb with way too much style over substance but were fun, diverting action fodder that looked splendid and featured another memorable turn from Johnny Utah himself. Problem is, third time isn’t always the charm and for me personally, this latest adventure for our ageing gunslinger is a turgid affair with little on its mind other than people pretending to shoot each other multiple times whilst the background sets remind one of a failed ‘Bladerunner’ sequel that never was… Sure, this movie has the requisite budget for fluff off this kind and the cast are game for a laugh (although Keanu does look somewhat bored throughout) but it doesn’t really want to go anywhere, content in remixing Parts 1 and 2 into a nostalgic souffle - content to not push the narrative forward in any memorable way. Taking its cue from old skool John Woo by way of ‘The Night Comes For Us’, Mr Wick has degenerated into a watered down rehash of other, more interesting action flicks and like its star, looks like it would rather be elsewhere doing something a little less taxing on the old joints. Hey, its not a disaster and okay for a dumb night in, but after 30 minutes I was quite happy to eject and possibly empty the dishwasher… it was hardly involving. I did stick with it until the bitter end, but if honest wish I had gone with my earlier instincts.

Lionsgate’s UK blu-ray transfer is a very good looking release of the movie with hyper realistic neon colours alongside blistering audio. The special extra features are now the usual guff we get from modern releases and hardly worth the time, but are there if one wishes to dip in. All in all, its an okay time but don’t go in expecting the adrenaline rush of the first two movies in the series as for me, the engine is running down on this franchise and even a proposed (or threatened, take your pick) sequel does little to ignite the flame. Average.
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stewjwReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 September 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
A real let down
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I enjoyed the first two in the series but now its getting too silly. The fighting looked too choreographed if that was possible and at times it went on for too long. I found myself skipping forward certain scenes. A real let down and its more infuriating that I purchased it. They are sill using what looks like a VIC 20 as a keyboard in the contracts office scene for us 8 bit nerds.
34 people found this helpful
Ian StretchReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 September 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Body Count Climbs.
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I remember reading a review of this Film in a MSM "Rag" that the Violence was "Over the Top".
This is John Wick.
They Killed His Dog.
The Disney Page is Elsewhere on the the Amazon Site.
Like Guns, Knives and Cars? Me Too!
The Hand to Hand Scenes are almost Balletic and Very Messy.
Just wondering, is his Car not Fixed yet? Oh Yeah His Mate said he would have it Fixed for Xmas. 2030.....
No Motors in this Film. Just Lots of Fights and Lots of Weapons.
Picture Quality on a Big TV is Suberb. Dolby Atmos Soundtrack is OK. DTS HD would have been better. Or do I need some Height Speakers? I've got 7.1 already???
Massive Spoiler Coming...
It's as Good as the Others but The Pace has Changed Slightly.
John Wick is Evolving? (Chuckle Chortle) It's My Money and I've Just Invested a little bit in the John Wick Series.
(Spoiler, I think Not)
I Can't wait for John Wick 4.
24 people found this helpful
bluestrategistReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 September 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Stupid writing and bad CGI combine to create a fourth-rate film
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I should begin by stating that Ian McShane is brilliant throughout, and the various dogs are beautifully trained four-legged scene-stealers.
I suspected something must be wrong when I realised I'd stopped the film after 45 minutes to watch an old episode (also on Amazon Prime) of Count Arthur Strong.
One of the most criminally stupid films it has ever been my misfortune to see. Look beyond the very superficial action glamour and you have stilted combat scene after combat scene, idiotic writing where whichever group of bad guys is in the ascendant takes no casualties while the other side is always slaughtered in unconvincing CGI, logic- and common sense- defying plotlines, and where someone stabbing a man in the head in the middle of a packed Grand Central Station attracts no attention whatsoever - just like when there is a gun battle a few moments later, when we see the extras pretending to be commuters marching back and forth behind a pair of glass doors like completely deaf worker ants. Marvel at a team of motorbike riding assassins who only use swords! Be astounded by assassins who fire guns again and again at enemies we know to be bulletproof! Cheer as horses kick enemies at the apparent touch of a button! By the way, don't miss what may be the worst Italian accent in the history of cinema.
So, so stupid.
11 people found this helpful
The Movie DioramaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 May 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
John Wick Parabellum unleashes a ballet of headshots against a multitude of assassins.
John Wick Parabellum unleashes a ballet of headshots against a multitude of assassins. The man. The myth. The legend. Will somebody please, get this man a: pistol, shotgun, throwing knife, belt, sword, book, motorcycle and a horse. Because in a year of lacklustre releases, John Wick has come to save the day yet again. Oh yes! Being declared "excommunicado" results in a barrage of relentless well-choreographed action sequences that rivals its predecessors and action milestones such as 'The Raid 2', whilst also providing an in depth exploration of the assassin world that he resides in. Stahelski's franchise, from a revenge thriller to action extravaganza, has progressed substantially. For the better, might I add. Immediately after the events of the second film, John Wick is on the run from an endless wave of assassins after a ludicrously rewarding contract is put on his head.

He has overcome vengeance, broken the rules of The Continental and is now succumbing to desperation. The clock is ticking. The assassins are preparing. Ready yourself for one of the best first acts this year (or any year for that matter!). Stahelski immediately injects his neo-noir aesthetic within the immediate second of John Wick running for his life. Vivid neon lights refracting from the harsh rainfall. The suspicious activity of passersby. Six o'clock hits. Showtime! The sheer ferocity of violence welcomes Mr. Wick as he is sublimely throwing daggers into skulls, destroying a jaw with just a book and politely using a horse to kick the absolute excrement out of others. Ooh. Aah. Ouch!

Stahelski's signature eye for stunt work is unparalleled. Exhilarating long takes showcasing Reeves' physical prowess as he throws himself into every exciting sequence. Utilising various different pieces of equipment to inventively slay the opposition. An absurd amount of bone-crunching, skull-mashing and eye-popping that is enhanced due to the brilliant sound effects team. Even the gunshots made me clinch my chest, fooling me into thinking a bullet penetrated my heart. A refreshing sequence involving Berry's Sofia, an assassin who must help Wick, proves that Stahelski can balance multiple characters in the same action sequence. This also includes two vicious dogs that tear the enemy apart. A symphony of violence, where every component comes together perfectly.

Both Reeves and Berry give physically demanding performances, with the former looking exhausted by the third act (a subtle detail I really appreciated), whilst also presenting a nuanced set of emotions. We all know Reeves is no Day-Lewis, and the writers avoid the sentimental moments for a more angered approach instead, working in his favour. A plethora of other characters, ranging from assassins to members of the High Table, are well introduced and remained memorable throughout.

Is the third instalment perfect? Unfortunately not. Naturally in an action film, there are down times where the story simmers and allows the audience to catch a breath. These moments lulled too much in my opinion, considering the extensive runtime, and should've been shortened to keep the pace tighter. A sequence involving John Wick traversing a desert seemingly paused the film for a somewhat unusual part of the story that felt out of place. Then there's the ending. You're either on board with it or not, especially the plausibility of a certain fall. For me, I'm more inclined to tilt towards the former but understandably it will divide viewers. Occasionally the CGI can be noticeable, and will take you out of the action for the minuscule of seconds. However admittedly I'm nitpicking here.

John Wick has to be one of the most consistent franchises available. Each instalment attempts to increase the carnage and stunt work. And it works. Whilst the lengthy runtime is questionable in places, Stahelski's third chapter is definitely "preparing for war" and I cannot wait to see how the story progresses. Reeves is the man. But John Wick is the hero!
59 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 September 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
2/5 A ripoff of The Warriors and a parody of previous John Wick movies.
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Honestly I really really wanted to like this movie, but it's, well it's just pretty bad, far more over the top to the point of genunine ridiculousness, Wick was pretty indestructable before but now he's essentially deadpool (and some of the played for laughs action is very reminicent but not in a good way). Oddly an awful lot of random slapping to the point of being more like a Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung style kung fu comedy, lastly and undoubtedly leastly for some reason Halle Berry is still getting work despite being a truely awful actress, completely unbelievable as an assassin, and depressingly lacking in every scene she is in.
Honestly if it wasn't for Keanu actually turning in a decent acting performance (though not as good as previous installments) this might have been a one star,
To sum up the movie
- Indestructable lead
- 2 literal superdogs
- Apparently horses now are on the side of Wick
- He's actually Belurusian not American now
- Multiple comedy fight scenes
- Entire plot is essentially a rip off of the Warriors, just with 1 guy who can survive more than some small nations and at most walk with a limp for a scene until they forget.
8 people found this helpful
HappyChrisReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 September 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Do yourself a favour, if you like this movie, don't admit it to your friends
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John Wick 1: rather intriguing, if wooden;
John wick 2: a remake of 1 but no longer intriguing. Just samey.
John Wick 3: episode 2 of JW 2. Although set minutes after the end of #2 JW seems to have grown a double-ish chin..?

This movie is fight-porn. If you get off on watching other people fight punching, puncturing, crushing, slashing, blinding, choking, etc., etc. each other, this is for you.
Just like other porn, you will be spared the need to understand the plot, the speech or how the makers could possibly find such incompetently wooden actors and the screenwriters who feed them such humiliating scripts to exaggerate the paucity of their skills. The set designer of the final glass-and-dark boss-fight, deserves praise, though. The fight, however, was tediously long and repetitive. I watched the movie to its end, but only out of good manners.
Most obvious continuity error (and I almost never spot them!): dog is shot dead but it's still alive again moments later when more dog-attack porn is needed.
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Mark ChisholmReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 September 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Second Best in the Series
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Without a doubt the first John Wick film was a blast. Fun, fresh and probably an unexpected hit. Hence the follow up films of which I thought the second was a bit off the boil.

This, the third in the series has regained a bit of the pizzazz of the first whilst being bigger and shoutier.

First off I see people commenting on the storyline. Er? What storyline? There isn't one really. It's simply a loose framework to hold together numerous long and well choreographed fighting scenes. There is some weird mystical cobblers set in North Africa but again, that's just another excuse for John Wick to have a load of fights, this time in cahoots with a randomly places Halle Berry for a bit of eye candy. Oh, and dogs.

Once back in New York JW continues his cartoon like fighting spree the veracity of which makes a Marvel superhero movie look like a non-fiction work.

The above is not a criticism though. No. The ultra-violence could easily drift off into something deeply unpleasant but instead the sheer volume and ridiculousness of it transforms it into more of a gymnastic event with added knives. It takes it into the realms of fanciful and thus prevents it from becoming dark and nasty. It's almost hilarious and that saves it.

For me, I made the assumption that this film would be just as I described above. An OTT fight fest held together by the most tenuous of storylines and no effort made to be anything else. And given that I felt that it achieved it perfectly and provided a couple of hours of brainless entertainment.

If I was to make a criticism it would be that some of the fighting scenes dragged on too long and were too repetitive. It's almost as if the director ran out of ideas - not that this film had many to start with - and then to make up the time simply extended each fight to fill the gap.

Overall, a fun, cartoon like bit of fighting fluff.
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