How is this franchise still hauling ass uphill with the same formula?? Three films in, John Wick keeps getting better and more exciting. The world he lives in is endlessly fascinating, expanding upon the Continental and this sort of alternate dimension of assassins who are simultaneously charismatic and fully expendable, we know exactly what to expect: Keanu Reeves is going to plow through at least a hundred of them like a walking meat grinder, bullets and knives and axes will fly in the most operatic fashion against stunning backdrops while sustaining terrible injuries to his person but manages to blend in with a bloodstained smartly tailored suit, often carrying a gun in full view of the public, stopping only to shoot or stab the nameless bad guys pursuing him in hordes without accidentally harming innocent bystanders or drawing the attention of law enforcement. And it is completely awesome to watch.
5 of 5 stars
Great stuff. John Wick didn't let me down. Looking forward to #4.
3.5 of 5 stars
Less than an hour after the events of the second film, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is now a marked man on the run in Manhattan. Before he is labeled "excommunicado" as a result of his unauthorized killing of High Table member Santino D'Antonio, Wick travels to the New York Public Library and retrieves two concealed items – a "marker" medallion and a crucifix. Then he is injured following a fight with a giant assassin named Ernest. Wick leaves to get medical treatment, but his excommunicado begins before the doctor can finish. Wick patches the injury himself and leaves but is found by a gang and after a fight in an antique dealership escapes onto the streets. John meets with Director (Anjelica Huston), the head of the Ruska Roma, with the crucifix and requests her help in getting safe passage to Casablanca. The Director reluctantly helps, as John is a former protégé and is from Belarus, knowing that this act will violate her peace treaty with the High Table. An Adjudicator (Asia Kate Dillon) of the High Table meets with Winston (Ian McShane), the manager of the New York Continental, and the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne), the leader of a network of vagrants. The Adjudicator punishes both for helping John, giving them seven days to resign their positions, and hires Zero, a Japanese ninja. Zero (Mark Dacascos) and his students find the Director, slaughtering her guards and stabbing her hands as punishment for helping John. In Casablanca, John meets Sofia (Halle Berry), a former friend and the manager of the Moroccan Continental. He asks her to honor a debt she owes him for aiding her daughter by directing him to the Elder, the only person above the High Table. Sofia takes John to Berrada, her former boss, who tells John he may find the Elder by wandering through the desert until he cannot walk any longer. In exchange, Berrada asks for one of Sofia's dogs. When Sofia refuses, he shoots the dog with the bullet lodging in its bullet proof vest. In retaliation, Sofia tries to kill Berrada but she only wounds him at John's warning. The two fight their way out of the kasbah and drive into the desert, where she leaves him. The Adjudicator and Zero confront the Bowery King, who refuses to abdicate his position. Zero's students slaughter almost all of his henchmen. As penance for helping John, Zero cuts the Bowery King seven times with a wakizashi. Collapsing in the desert, John is brought to the Elder and states that he is desperate to live to "earn" the memory of the love he once had with his wife. The Elder agrees to forgive Wick on condition that he assassinates Winston and keeps working for the High Table until his death. To show his commitment, John severs his ring finger and offers his wedding ring to the Elder. John returns to New York City and is attacked by Zero and his students, before reaching the protection of the Continental. John meets with Winston, who encourages John not to die as a killer but as a man who loved and was loved by his wife...
Rotten Tomatoes critical consensus reads, "John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum reloads for another hard-hitting round of the brilliantly choreographed, over-the-top action that fans of the franchise demand." Rotten Tomatoes also ranked it at No. 2 on its list of "The Best Action Movies of 2019". Peter Sobczynski of RogerEbert.com gave the film 4 out of 4 stars, calling it "a work of pop cinema so blissfully, albeit brutally, entertaining that you come out of it feeling even more resentful of its multiplex neighbors for not making a similar effort." Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a grade of "A-", writing that "as gorgeously choreographed, gratuitously violent action movies go, it's high art". Wendy Ide of The Observer gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, calling it "a flying kick to the senses" and writing that "The spectacular third installment in Keanu Reeves's fighting franchise overwhelms with opulent martial arts set pieces".
The action bonanza continues in "John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum" as John Wick has a serious price on his head. However, I think this is the weakest film in the trilogy. The High Table characters are not that intriguing and in this case this film just becomes one gigantic action sequence, which I don´t think was the case in part 1 and 2. It´s lacking in framework and focus creating a rehash or a "I´ve seen this before" feeling of the first films, but with less heart in it. The magic I experienced in chapter 1 and 2 is not there for the third installment. The first two films were better balanced storywise and actionwise simply put. The big treat here is Halle Berry as Sofia. The rest is ok, but not as good as part 1 and 2. And "John Wick: Chapter 4" was announced recently to have it´s premiere in May 27, 2022 which I wonder if they can do something good with as the third one limped.
Trivia: The title "Parabellum" comes from the Latin phrase: "Si vis pacem, para bellum" which means "If you want peace, prepare for war.
5 of 5 stars
A gente até fica com agonia de saber o quanto ele é perseguido , dá um desespero. Mas sendo o Wick quem é, sabemos que vai se dar bem. E torce para ter mais filmes para terminar de contar a história. Muito bom. Ótimo. Maravilhoso.
5 of 5 stars
4 of 5 stars
Loved it. Action packed
4 of 5 stars
Flashy action doesn’t make up for a dragged out pace, but the backstory revelations and the character arc was somewhat interesting.
5 of 5 stars
All three of these movies are epic masterpieces. The film makers have done what no other franchise has been able to do, make the next one better than the one before and all of them amazing whenever you watch them. I have seen these three many times and still love them. Hats of to Keanu Reeves, he is an absolute Legend. His portrayal of a somewhat broken man is astounding. He gives his best in each scene and I never wanted to look away. Thank the film makers the "slow bits" in the movie were highly gripping too. KR's speech, movement and expression really put you on his side instantly and justify all his actions. The fight scenes become more astonishing after knowing that KR really handles his weapons like this in real life. His training, practices and martial arts are the highest level I have seen. Although not a martial artist myself, I found myself wishing I was and almost wishing I could be John Wick's protégée. I cannot wait for the fourth instalment and its easy to get excited and expect more action just because I know KR won't let the audience down. Cannot say enough about this movie, 5 stars all the way!!!
5 of 5 stars
Mind blowing, stunning, a knockout. John Wick 3 is the best action movie of 2019. In the beginning of it it seems to jump into action fast at one point with not a glimmer of talking, so maybe a 4 and a half out of 5, but the action is still wild, throughout the movie especially. And the story is really going places. Will see what happens in 4! I wasn't the biggest fan of 1 and 2 but they do have the goods and I still enjoyed them.
5 of 5 stars
My favorite one in the series. I feel like this one had the best action out of all the "John Wick" films, and Keanu Reeves gave his best performance in this film. It is one of my favorite films of 2019. Great film.