John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum ★★★★

I can't help but be in awe of this masterly orchestrated dance of death that has unfolded over three films so far. And although my cheeks hurt from grinning for the entirety of this latest instalment, I'm certainly not complaining coz it was absolutely worth it. What Keanu Reeves & Chad Stahelski have managed to pull off for the third time in a row is a rare cinematic feat that cements John Wick franchise as the new benchmark for action filmmaking.

A vicious, violent & vengeful delight that finds Death's very emissary in full annihilation mode as he employs books, knives, guns & swords to smash, stab, shoot & slice his way through a legion of assassins, Chapter 3 is another stylishly filmed & relentlessly savage entry that features some of the finest action set pieces & extraordinary stunt choreography we have seen in years and delivers yet another high-octane, full-throttled & adrenaline-fuelled action delight.

However, not everything is flawless or functions in perfect harmony the way it did in Chapter 2, for the drama does go downhill around the halfway mark, from the desert scene onwards precisely, and takes unnecessary routes to get where it needed to be. And it allows the exhaustion & fatigue to set in just as the last act begins. Also, the levelling up of mano-a-mano action in the final set pieces are not as thrilling as expected. And while there are some cool bits in here, there are also choices that make the ride a tad frustrating.

Overall, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is a potent & polished blend of kinetic direction, excellent production design, fab camerawork, stupefying action & energetic score that's spearheaded by Keanu Reeves' swashbuckling performance and is all the more uplifted by fine support from the cast. Another slick, sharp & sophisticated sequel that takes the action elements of its predecessors and kicks them up a notch, this latest actioner isn't as great as the previous outings were from start to finish but it still fares much better than what other action franchises are offering.

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