and the Terms and Policies, Don't have an account? And the consistently exciting fight scenes also yield a lot of big laughs, especially during the kills where Wick is forced to use something other than a gun. Probably because I firmly believe it shouldn't have become a franchise. You'd think there would have been many more staff members ready to defend the premises. action, Thunder Road Pictures, | Rating: 3.0/4.0 John Wick's bloody rampage continues in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. The fight scenes are incredibly exciting and action-packed, and are staged in really creative ways. Halle Berry's character is accompanied by a couple of dogs who go on to steal practically every frame of film featuring them, more than holding their own during one of the movie's big fight scenes. This 10-digit number is your confirmation number. |, January 31, 2021 |, May 24, 2019 OK so the first movie was a solid gritty revenge flick. (John Wick: Chapter 3 is the second movie I’ve reviewed in 2019 name-checking Ms. Yaga, in fact; a more literal interpretation was found in Hellboy.) Verified reviews are considered more trustworthy by fellow moviegoers. |, July 28, 2020 John Wick 3 was shot digitally on ARRI cameras at 2.8K or 3.4K resolution and finished with a 2K digital intermediate. There are moments in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum where I thought to myself, “Well, I’ve never seen that before.” Read full review I get paid to do it in fact" The idea behind the Wick series (from my point of view) is a simple one-up of that initial proposition, like a super-assassin, i.e., "I just don't kill people, I kill assassins, the people trained to be the best at killing." This tiresome affair takes place in some hall of mirrors setup or something. I suspect things will be explained in a twist in the next one, so I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt, but also I feel like I shouldn't have to do that for this movie to exist on its own, so that did bother me. The first movie was a simply gritty affair, it didn't need any more, it didn't need milking (think 'Taken'). To call this a high-octane actioner is an understatement so stark it's like saying Mel Gibson is slightly problematic. A hoot that features some of the coolest fight scenes in movies right now despite its excesses. Copyright © Fandango. I understand that it's probably more cost effective instead of using actual live squibs but boy does it look crap. ‘John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum’ Review: Elegant Escapism The latest in the hyperviolent action franchise won’t win any points for deep thinking, but that’s just fine. Chapter 3 you would expect would be more of the same, but it wasn’t. Halle Berry is a fun addition, but really it's this sushi chef assassin who steals the show. Please click the link below to receive your verification email. We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future. To help carry this out, they enlist the services of Zero (Mark Dacascos), a sushi chef with an endless array of deadly ninjas at his service, all of whom seem giddy at the possibility of fighting the legendary John Wick. John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum is a really good movie. Seems like even in the comics he has a female foe lol. Then add to that the simple fact that Wick is nigh on invincible no matter who he fights or how badly injured he is which I just can't get on with. When there are hundreds of deaths, it's pretty incredible that John Wick 3 sustains its inventiveness and sheer bonkers-ness. There are any number of thrilling passages in “John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum,” but a moment of true inspiration—when you know that you're in the hands of filmmakers who are intent on creating a work of wit, style, and vision—comes relatively early. | Rotten (37). Plus I just can't believe how useless everyone is in this movie. Although no one in the organization is supposed to offer any assistance to Wick, he does receive some aid from a couple of people from his past—his onetime mentor (Anjelica Huston) and Sofia (Halle Berry), a onetime killer who now runs the Morocco branch of the Continental and owes Wick for a past favor. This third go-round for John Wick’s sensational style, born from pulpy gun fetishism, takes this material toward satire. We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your email. Again nothing particularly original but it actually got more confusing. All rights reserved. Geez! It's still a fun movie, a very fun movie, but a lot of it feels more like set up for future movies. and to receive email from Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango. 2019, Mystery and thriller/Action, 2h 11m, 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. It was also an excuse to add some dog action in there which was also stupid because how did those dogs not get shot?? There is no sexual content. Sign up here. While he is off trying to find the head of the High Table and fighting off all comers, another member of the organization, known only as The Adjudicator (Asia Kate Dillon) arrives in New York to set things in order and punish both Winston and The Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) for daring to aid Wick. Twas also amusing how Wick managed to survive walking through said desert without any food or water to find said echelons too. The first thing that bugs me is how insane this world has become since the first movie. What follows is essentially a long drawn-out chase flick as Wick must escape America to find the Elder (the highest rank in this world of assassins) and get his hit status revoked. These ch… | Rating: 3.5/5 John Wick is a human piñata at this point and Chapter 3 gets a lot of traction out of seeing him punched, stabbed, kicked, shot, and tossed around. Winston and co help Wick, the High Table seem to give up and offer a deal, Winston seemingly betrays Wick to save his place of power within the hotel. I'm guessing this entire sect of assassins possibly dates back to the medieval period? ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’ review — a brutal, blood-soaked sequel Keanu Reeves burns the candle at both ends in ultra-violent, non-stop action thrill ride 4 Regal How come the top echelons/the Elder of the High Table are a bunch of Arabs in a tent in the middle of a desert? The problem is not with the staging of the action scenes—director Chad Stahelski (the former stuntman who also directed the previous installments), along with cinematographer Dan Laustsen, and production designer Kevin Kavanaugh, present us with an endless array of stunning visuals and stuntmen, wreaking gloriously gory havoc with everything from guns and knives to the aforementioned book and even a horse. The first movie wasn't anything particularly original but it was a master class in fight choreography and stunts. John Wick 3 Technical Review. John Wick 3 is the most bookish of the action adventures featuring Keanu Reeves as the hitman. for pervasive strong violence, and some language. In "John Wick: Chapter 2," he was still enmeshed in the world that he had successfully left behind and at the end, he killed a member of the High Table while on the grounds of the Continental Hotel, an establishment designated as a safe ground for those in the assassin trade. It’s often hilarious, intended or not. John Wick is back, this time he's being hunted by the organization of assassins he used to work for. The Adjudicator, for example, seems like an interesting idea for a character but nothing much comes of their presence—Dillon is fine but pales in comparison to previous memorable franchise characters played by the likes of Adrianne Palicki and Ruby Rose. Granted, this is not quite as generous as it sounds since it appears that everyone in the Wickiverse, at least those with speaking or bleeding roles, is an assassin themselves. There don't appear to be any normal people in the city, no police, no emergency services etc...Fights break out, people are killed, blood gushes everywhere, no one bats an eye. We get a big fight sequence between Wick and yet more so-called elite assassins from the High Table led by Zero (Mark Dacascos). I also failed to see how the bad guys couldn't bring Wick down when they were on motorbikes. This move leads to his being designated “excommunicado” by the High Table—all of his rights and privileges are stripped away and an open contract is issued for one and all on him with a payoff beginning at $14 million—though colleague Winston (Ian McShane) gives him a one-hour head start, partly out of friendship and partly, it appears, for his own amusement. After being declared excommunicado and having a bounty placed on his head John Wick books passage out of the county and uses a marker to call in a favor to help him get a meeting with the man above the table; meanwhile an adjudicator is sent to New York to administer penalties on Winston and the Bowery King for aiding John Wick. That's the difference between old action flicks and modern ones. Get the freshest reviews, news, and more delivered right to your inbox! All the elite High Table henchmen are useless. And what we get here is still great fun. My brother and I watched it (a little over 2 hours), and we both loved it. Still not sure what this place was in the middle of New York that had an open stable. The idea of assassins is adeptness at murder, i.e., "I just don't kill people, but I'm good at killing people. Granted, this is not quite as generous as it sounds since it appears that everyone in the Wickiverse, at least those with speaking or bleeding roles, is an assassin themselves. The disc features a Dolby Vision layer, which I watched, and the metadata gives us a peak highlight of 1006 nits and a MaxFALL of 228 nits. Before that we got some pointless scenes with Halle Berry in an obvious Caucasian wig as an old friend of Wick who helps him get info from some other pointless character to find the Elder (seemed totally drawn out, filler). The first brawl in John Wick 3 is a ridiculously punishing doozy and it just gets nastier from there. Thanks to Skillshare for sponsoring this video. Luckily, he knows what to do with it. Yup. #JohnWick3 is the electrifying end, if it is the end, of John Wick. Read critic reviews. Photo: John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, Lionsgate That said, the upscaling work is strong, presenting a crisp, clean and detailed finish throughout, … I have never heard as many oohs and ahhs in a movie theater as I did opening night of John Wick Chapter 3. The gloriously rendered mayhem continues with this third entry in the series. There are moments of unexpected humor that blindside you—the location where Wick meets his mentor yields a bigger laugh than most actual comedies. In a genre where impersonality is the name of the game more than ever, it's a delight. All Critics (346) | Fresh (309) |, June 5, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 3.0 out of 5 stars Ok. December 19, 2018. The action is still great, and the neon world they inhabit looks amazing. Continuing from where the sequel left off sees Wick basically in deep doo doo for the unauthorised killing of a High Table crime lord and for doing it within the Continental Hotel. If I have a gripe with the movie there is a character turn in the final moments of the movie that seemed wildly out of nature and it really bothered me. Cinemark | Rating: 3.5/4 Yet despite all its problems, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is an entertaining and fun action film. John Wick 3 is full of the series' signature awesome, tightly designed action, subtle, dark humor, intriguing lore and mythological symbolism, and well drawn, larger-than-life characters. In one early fight Wick and his enemies just happen to stumble into some kind of museum full of weapons behind glass, lots of glass. The story travels of course; as seen here, Casablanca changed since Bogart snuffed out the Nazis. Wash, rinse, and repeat...for a third time. The second merely gave us more of the same with a slightly beefed-up plot. Your AMC Ticket Confirmation# can be found in your order confirmation email. He has merely one hour before being labelled excommunicado and therefore open season to every bounty hunter in the world, literally. All the bounty hunters are useless. After gunning down a member of the High Table -- the shadowy international assassin's guild -- legendary hit man John Wick finds himself stripped of the organization's protective services. Early on, there is even a scene set in a library. |, August 16, 2020 Do the High Table control the cops? That could be seen as a problem, but with this episodic format these films are going for I didn't quite mind it, and I really want to see the next one. And so we get unending scene after unending scene of these intricate ballets of carnage. You'd think the Continental staff would be badass all things considered, nope. John Wick 3 creators might not have found all the answers but they definitely created something special and unique. The second movie expanded a few ideas which was nice but it got slightly ridiculous and became CGI heavy. Forgot your password? Audience Reviews for John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum Aug 13, 2020 The first John Wick set up the character, the second set up the world, this one is basically where they play with the toy box. Reeves and Dacascos's brutal, climactic sparring session definitely leaves us wanting more, not to mention wondering about a potential Oscars sound editing category for shattering glass. When a bruised and bloodied Keanu Reeves rides through a rain-lashed, neon-lit New York atop a literal dark horse to fight motorbike-riding fellow assassins, it's as brilliantly ludicrous as you've come to expect from the John Wick series. It has 3-4 uses of the f word, ~5 uses of s word, and maybe 1 b word. Cinemark I'm intrigued on how this Calamity female villain will be a test for John Wick. The plot of “John Wick 3” won’t surprise you, but the movie will. Kinetic action...a keen student of cinema...[Reeves] absolutely immerses himself in the role, with an admirable physical performance. I should also point out that The Bowery King (Lawrence Fishburne) is back again simply to set up the story for the inevitable fourth movie. Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password. |, August 15, 2020 And thusly in the end we go right back to where we started. | Rating: 3/5 Now this third movie goes above and beyond into the realms of nonsense as far as I'm concerned. Your Ticket Confirmation # is located under the header in your email that reads "Your Ticket Reservation Details". Sundance Film Festival Movie Reviews TV Reviews Roundtables Podcasts THR Presents 'John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum': Film Review 9:00 AM PDT 5/10/2019 by John DeFore Clearly using ideas from Bruce Lee. Still, there are a number of wonderful elements on display in "Parabellum." 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