John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum (2019)

Director: Chad Stahelski

Writer: Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins, Marc Abrams (Screenplay)

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Ian McShane, Jason Mantzoukas, Said Taghmaoui, Lance Reddick, Laurence Fishburne, Anjelica Huston, Mark Dacascos

 

Plot: Super-assassin John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin’s guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head – he is the target of hit men and women everywhere.


Tagline – If you want peace, prepare for war

Runtime: 2 Hours 10 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Brutally Brilliant

 

Story: John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum starts right where the last film ended, John Wick (Reeves) has one hour before the bounty on his head becomes live reluctantly by Winston (McShane), John searches for a way to escape which sees him turning to old connections including The Director (Huston) and Sofia (Berry).

With John searching for safety or redemption, The Adjudicator (Dillon) is set to punish the people that helped John commit the kill in the previous film, with her chosen assassin Zero (Dacascos) proving to be one of the toughest enemies John has ever faced.

 

Thoughts on John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum

 

Characters – John Wick is the world known assassin that broke the codes put in place, this sees him become the target this time with everybody wanting to hunt him down and cash in on his bounty. John does have connections which will see him stay ahead of the problems before he needs to make his own stand against the table. Sofia is from John’s past, she is the manager of another hotel who will help John because of what he did for her in the past, she is just as deadly of an assassin working hand in hand with her dogs, she is a character we want to see more of even if it is her own movie. Winston is the manager of the hotel in New York, he has run the place for 40 years and is reluctant to put the hit out on John, his delay will see him facing consequences of his action, but he is calm and always has a plan. Bowery King is a character we met last film, he has the ears of on the streets, left needing to honour the decision to go for the hit on John, he will also need to face actions for his decision to help John. Zero is the new assassin chosen to lead the battle against anybody that has help John, he has waited for this chance to get his hands on John to prove himself in combat. The Adjudicator has arrived to clean up the mess which led to John being able to kill inside the walls of the hotel, she is sent to punish anyone that helped John with the kill. Charon is the loyal member of the hotel that welcomes the guests and gets to step up when needed. The Director is one of the people John turns too, she does have a connection to his past which will be key to his escape.

PerformancesKeanu Reeves is fantastic once again in this role, he has made this character truly iconic in the action genre, with the effortless ability to step into the countless fight sequences. Halle Berry enters the franchise and gets one of the most memorable sequences, only wanting to see more from her character. Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne and Lance Riddick continue to excel in the supporting roles, while Anjelica Huston adds to this list with ease. Mark Dacascos is a wonderful fighting villain, he even gets moments of comedy that don’t feel forced in anyway. Asia Kate Dillon is arguable the least known star in this film, she brings the a-game to shining in this role which shows authority and calmness through the film.

StoryThe story does pick up right where the last one left, showing us what happens next to John Wick when he becomes the target for all the fellow assassins in the world. This does continue to build the world that we have seen growing, showing how people can operate within the world. the story does follow John Wick facing endless amounts of enemies, connect to former contacts hoping they will honour their loyalty over the code, hoping to find a way to end the waves of enemies heading his way. The story does show how other characters have been affected by the actions in the previous film too, while also bringing in new characters with ease.

Action This is one of the purest, most brutal action films you will ever see, the fight sequences are breath-taking and you will see each and every blow giving out.

SettingsThe film uses the settings wonderfully, be it the New York, the hotel and even outside the city where John must visit for help.

Special EffectsThe effects are brutal as you end up seeing the wounds inflicted through the film, some even might make you wince that little bit.


Scene of the Movie –
John & Sofia double team fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me John getting a taxi in New York at half five and being confused about the traffic.

Final ThoughtsThis is easily one of the greatest third instalments in any action film, it is a must watch for fans of the originals and makes the trilogy feel complete.

 

Overall: Must Watch Action Film.

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John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

john-wick-2Director: Chad Stahelski

Writer: Derek Kolstad (Screenplay)

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, Common, Claudia Gerini, Lance Reddick, Laurence Fishburne

 

Plot: After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Great Sequel

 

Story: John Wick Chapter 2 starts as we see John Wick (Reeves) continuing he revenge mission against Abram (Stormare) the brother of Viggo from the first film, Abram only has his car but Wick the ruthless hitman cleans out his operation in the style on John Wick can do. This opening sequences fills in blanks if you missed the first one and show just how deadly John can be.

Continuing the story John wants to put this life behind him for good now and enjoy the retirement once more. Just when John thinks he is out, Santino (Scamarcio) visits him requesting him to do a job for him now John refuses the marker for the job, leading to Santino to push John back out of retirement as a hitman is never allowed to reject a marker. John must travel to Italy to eliminate Santino’s own sister because only the ghost like abilities of John Wick can get the job done.

When John gets this job done he finds himself betrayed and now Santino has placed a bounty on his head with all of the best hitmen coming to kill John Wick.

 

Thoughts on John Wick Chapter 2

 

Characters/PerformanceJohn Wick is the character that took the world by storm first time around and now he is just as emotionally broken and deadly with a weapon as ever. Santino is a similar villain to the first one, but this time Santino did know what he was getting into which was good. Ares is a very interesting hitwoman that I think we would have liked to have seen a lot more from. Winston does return in a similar vein as last time too.

Performance wise this is what Keanu was born to be as he shines once again as this ruthless, emotionless killer. Ricardo does a good job in the villainous role and doesn’t play the character over the top like he o could have. Ruby Rose once again this year I playing a bad ass character and is worryingly becoming the new Michelle Rodriguez because of this. Everyone else fits the film perfectly.stars

StoryThe story does continue from the first one with the idea now John has resurfaced he can be hired once more. The story works well because John just wants out of this life but he just keeps getting dragged deeper into the world he is trying to escape. Being a sequel a lot of people could worry the story will be flat, but this time we go bigger learning more about the overall world of the hitmen living among us.

Action/Crime/ThrillerThe action does feel similar but you can’t really take the style of John in another direction without taking away from the character, he just isn’t going to be jumping from helicopters or planes in action sequences, he is going to shoot people in the head. We are kept wondering how big this crime world is and that plays into the crime and thriller side of this film.

SettingsWe have some action in Rome the rest in New York and of course we do like to see the iconic locations being used to the most which I feel they do because the look of the hotels the hitmen can stay in always make for an interesting setting in these big cities.

Special EffectsThe special effects are mainly used to show the effects of the gunshots which all look brutally real.genre

Final ThoughtsSequels can go either way in action with Taken is went bad, with John Wick it went well, great watch for all.

 

Overall: Great sequel you can truly just enjoy if you are an action film fan.

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John Wick (2014)

logoDirector: Chad Stahelski, David Leitch

Writer: Derek Kolstad (Screenplay)

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Dean Winters, Adrianne Palicki, Omer Barnea, Toby Leonard Moore, Daniel Bernhardt, Bridget Moynahan, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane

 

Plot: An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Hard Hitting Action Thriller

 

Story: John Wick starts by introducing us to an injured John Wick (Reeves) as he watches videos of his wife Helen (Moynahan) before flashing back to flashbacks of her dying in hospital. John’s old friend Marcus (Dafoe) shows up make sure his old friend is doing ok through his difficult time even with Marcus questioning his appearance. John gets one final gift from his wife to help him continue to love, a puppy called Daisy.

John quiet life is shattered when a group of men including Iosef Tarasov (Allen) son of Viggo (Nyqvist) break into his house to steal his car only to leave him in a bloody mess and Daisy dead. The men take the car to the best man to change car details Aurelio (Leguizamo) who refuses to help because he knows who the car belongs to. Viggo is furious and knows what will come his way because of his son’s action before filling us in on just what John once was ‘The Boogeyman’, the deadliest assassin to work for Viggo who got even the impossible jobs done.

John suits up once more, ready to take out everyone who gets in his way or points a gun in his direction. We know now that John is going to create a huge body count and simply take no prisoners as he takes out his frustration once and for all. John must not just worry about Tarasov’s men as Viggo puts a bounty out on his head with all his known assassins going after John.

John Wick gets put into the revenge category of action thriller and easily follows the tried and tested formula. We always seem to get lonely character who seems like they have lost everything get the finally part of their life taken away by someone who doesn’t know what they are getting themselves into. We get the traditional idea that this victim is actually a deadly assassin who will get revenge and the villain literally won’t stand a chance. The idea works and is told at a very good pace with a few laughs in situation you wouldn’t expect them including a personal hotel for assassins. I think because we have had a lot of lazy versions of this story this one comes off very well and is enjoyable form start to finish. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Keanu Reeves: John Wick is a former assassin that managed to get any job done, he is out of the game but when his wife dies he is left a puppy. Things continue to go badly for John when a son of a former associate breaks into his house killing his puppy and stealing his car. John sets out on a one man revenge mission against everyone involved. Keanu does a good job in this lead role especially when he usually get heavily criticised for his roles. (7/10)

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Michael Nyqvist: Viggo Tarasov is the crime boss who has to protect his son from John Wick and by doing so he puts a bounty out on his head. Michael does make for a good but generic villain for this type of film. (7/10)

 

Alfie Allen: Iosef Tarasov is the son of Viggo who is always out to try and prove himself but his latest idea leaves the whole criminal empire his father created in danger. Alfie makes for a good cocky arrogant son of a gangster. (7/10)

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Willem Dafoe: Marcus is a fellow assassin and friend to John, who gets hired to take him out, only Marcus decides to play guardian angel getting involved just when John needs him. Willem does a good job in the supporting role keeping his character filled with mystery for the most part. (7/10)

 

Support Cast: John Wick has a supporting cast that includes the people that help John and the people that get in John’s way each one of them makes the body count build up.

 

Director Review: Chad Stahelski, David Leitch – This is a well-directed thriller that keeps coming at you until the very end. (8/10)

 

Action: John Wick is filled with gun battles with absolutely brutal head shots from Wick on every single one. (9/10)

Thriller: John Wick keeps you watching until the very end waiting to see who will be John’s next victim. (8/10)

Settings: John Wick keeps the settings very traditional to the idea of being in the criminal underworld. (7/10)
Special Effects
: John Wick uses good effects to show how brutal the head shots are with every single John Wick kill. (8/10)

Suggestion: John Wick is one for all the action fans to enjoy, it never lets up so you will enjoy this one. (Action Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: John Wick’s kills.

Worst Part: Being picky the villains are all generic.

Action Scene Of The Film: Night club scene.

Kill Of The Film: The assassins unite against one that turns.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Could have one and is meant to be part of a trilogy.

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Taken

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $43 Million

Budget: $20 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

Tagline: Don’t Set Him Off!

Trivia: Director Chad Stahelski was Keanu Reeves’ stunt double in The Matrix movies.

 

Overall: John Wick is a pure hard hitting action film that never lets you take a breath.

Rating 80