By Calgary Maez
As the third film in the action-packed, gun slinging, over-the-top John Wick franchise, “John Wick 3: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” takes it up a notch and continues the story where “John Wick: Chapter 2” left off. The series is best known for its clever use of fighting, cinematography, and cast of characters that draw moviegoers in, begging for more.
The premise of the first film was simple; one man takes his revenge on those who killed his dog and stole his car, killing anyone who got in his way. Now, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) has to fight for his life after he was pronounced “excomunicado” for killing his target on Continental grounds, which is one rule you cannot break within the assassins guild. A $14 million hit on his head forces him to fight for his life and seek help from an old ally, Sofia (Halle Berry). John travels the world in an attempt to clear his name and make peace with the High Table, the leaders of the assassins guild, as they wage war on him and all of his allies.
What sets the John Wick films apart from other action flicks is the cinematography. Every location is usually dark, which works with John’s character as he is most commonly known as the Baba Yaga: The Boogeyman. He fights from the shadows and when he emerges, all of the action is presented right in front of you. No “shaky cam” or unnecessary jump cuts are used. The camera always focuses on John during his fight scenes with multiple uses of angles and movements to really make the action cinematic. The locations used also stand out, especially New York with its use of neon colors and vibrant lighting.
What makes John Wick terrifying to his foes is that he never pulls his punches and shows no mercy. He uses an array of weaponry and mixed martial arts against his enemies and always goes for the kill shot. This is what sets him apart from other action heroes because he mows down groups of assassins and mercenaries and can take any hits they dish out. The dogs in the film also take part in the action this time around and are specifically trained to take down the bad guys so John can put them down for good.
“John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum” is the perfect popcorn flick to be enjoyed with friends. Reeves gives an amazing performance between his acting and doing most of his own stunts. He also works amazingly well with Berry and together they bring a great new dynamic to the franchise. The film raises the bar with its great storytelling, amazing visuals, and cinematography, and of course, its outstanding action set pieces.
Poster courtesy of IMDb.