Luke Thorne’s review published on Letterboxd:
Chad Stahelski takes charge of this violent neo-noir action thriller. John Wick (Keanu Reeves) finds himself a target and on the run after killing a member of the International Assassin’s Guild. Also starring Halle Berry and Ian McShane.
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is the third instalment in the franchise, following the first one released five years earlier, while the second chapter came out three years after the first.
I have to admit that although the third instalment isn’t an easy watch in places, it’s as enjoyable as the other two!
After shooting down an associate of the High Table – the mysterious international killer's guild – well-known hit man John Wick (Keanu Reeves) finds himself unprotected of the administration's defensive facilities. Now trapped with a $14 million abundance on his head, John has to battle his way through the highways of New York as he becomes the goal of the world’s most nasty murderers.
Keanu Reeves gives a very good performance reprising his role as the title character John Wick, acting like he is determined to get away from all the evil murderers, because he knows what they are after. He suits his role very well and definitely makes the most of the time he has on the screen.
Elsewhere, there are fine performances to be had from Halle Berry and Ian McShane in their respective parts as Sofia and Winston. Sofia is a previous killer and a close pal of John, while also being the boss of the hotel; Winston is in charge of the Continental Hotel in New York.
Also giving respectable performances are Mark Dacascos, Laurence Fishburne and Asia Kate Dillon in their respective roles as Zero, Bowery King and the Adjudicator. Zero is the Japanese assassin involved; the Bowery King is an underground crime lord; the Adjudicator is a member of the High Table.
The direction from Stahelski is very good because he allows the facial expressions to be seen to a strong effect throughout, while also keeping a tense atmosphere happening as well and the script is written to a decent standard by Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins and Marc Abrams as they make the movie good to follow.
The technical aspect that stands out best is the camera, because this makes good use of the dark locations and also captures the tense and dramatic moments well, which get the edge-of-the-seat status.
Some of the violence can be disturbing in places, but it is part of the story, so it has to be included, otherwise I would be talking about a completely different film.
I can now look forward to Chapter 4.
Overall, it can be uncomfortable in places, but John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is another very decent instalment in the series, due to the very good and central performance from Keanu Reeves in the title role, along with the direction, script, tense atmosphere and action sequences.