John Wick Chapter 3 Parabellum is a seamless journey straight on from the last film. And if you think that you had seen it all in John Wick 2, get ready to be taken to a completely new level of insane violence with this film.
It's fair to say that the John Wick series has set new standards in the action genre. There's no doubt that these films are heavily influenced by Asian martial arts films. Bu the thing that really stands out with all of these films so far is the incredible choreography involved with the fights scenes.
The first film became an instant cult classic but succeeds perfectly in setting the bedrock for what is to come.
If you read the review for John Wick 2, the underlying theme is that it manages to turn up the action. Well, believe it or not this film succeeds to ramp it up even more.
The first twenty minutes are totally relentless. But the really cool part of this outing is that we get to find out heaps more about the Continental Hotel. The audience really is immersed completely into the John Wick world. In fact, we get dragged all over the world in some very bizarre scenes that include getting lost in the desert in search of the mystical Elder.
Let me say, however, where John Wick 3 really works is the stunning visuals. Director Chad Stahelski does another great job this time around. In fact, the camera work in John Wick 3 is so stunning it takes your breath away. There is a great comic book feel with it, that compliments the outlandish world that is the John Wick universe.
You have got to hand it to him, Keanu Reeves totally owns this character. He plays John Wick brilliantly, but it's clear that he really gets into the physical side of the role too.
Ian McShane and Laurence Fishburne are brilliant again reprising their roles as Winston and the Bowery King. But newcomers Mark Dacascos and Asia Kate Dillon add some new spice. Throw into the mix Halle Berry (Moonfall), playing the lethal Sofia and we are in for a treat.
All in all, John Wick Chapter 3 does not disappoint in any way. Yes, the storyline is a little thin. But it's clear that there is much much more to come in the John Wick series.
Put it this way, this film genuinely feels like it was made purposely for the John Wick fan. I know, that sounds like it may be a little self-indulgent and you know what it is. But that is exactly what makes it work so well.