John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum ★★★

An exhausting but thrilling continuation and further expansion of the world, if not necessarily the story, of poor Jardani Johnwickovich.

Featuring some exciting pantomime performances from Ian McShane and Laurence Fishburne, smoldering cool and action heavy turns from Reeves, Berry and the late great Lance Reddick, Chapter 3 continues in the neo-noir steps of the second outing with more colour, more claret and more carnage.

But while there is a whole lot more action (and lets be honest, neither the first and especially the second film were previously lacking for head-shots, shell-blasts, or knife blows) including some wonderful chase sequences on horseback and motorcycles, for all the effort gone into these scenes there is shockingly little story for the expansive runtime.

With the ultimate fate of the characters being left in the hands of the upcoming sequel, Wick 3 takes a long and winding road which amounts to only a few real steps taken forward, despite some wonderful worldly locations, new characters and their delightfully deadly pets.

Like so many before it though, it's fair to say that it's not about the destination (or lack of resolution arguably for this film) but the journey. And it is a wonderfully made, hammily acted (Reeves positively growling the catchphrase-like "yeah" perfectly, periodically and plainly) and exciting ride; a stunning threequel that celebrates the amazing work of dedicated stunt performance and choreography.

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