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May 22, 2019

John Wick 3 (2019) --- “If You Want Peace, Prepare For War”

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Hello, Movie Buffs!
    Legendary assassin, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) has been excommunicated by the high table after killing one of their own on sacred grounds. With a $14 M. bounty on his head and an army of assassins are on his tail, John Wick must fight for his life if he has any hope of turning his luck around. Can he survive long enough to speak with a member of the high table and remove the bounty? Or will the Boogeyman finally meet his end?
    Directed by Chad Stahelski (John Wick 1 & 2) and written by Derek Kolstad (John Wick 1 & 2), Shay Hatten, Chad Collins, and Marc Abrams, John Wick 3: Parabellum (2019) is the third and if you thought Chapter 1 and 2 were entertaining then you have another thing coming with Chapter 3.  Parabellum is Latin for “prepare for war” and considering what has transpired over the last 2, now 3 films, preparing for war is exactly what John Wick does here. However, the war he prepares for in this film is unlike anything we have seen before.
    Compared to most action films, John Wick stands out as one of the best action series in its genre. The series never fails to showcase action sequences based on a solid foundation of groundwork and actual tactical training that is realistically brutal. The story expands more on the world of assassins and the high table that rules over it, which gives John a reason to meet new characters and allows for the prospect of future installments into the series. This dive into a largely unknown world comes as no surprise, considering that there is a T.V show called the Continental Hotel on the horizon. The pace of this film is cut-throat to say the least, from the frantic opening 15 minutes to the brutality of the final showdown there is not a moment to lose or a second that drags by. In addition to the action and cut-throat pace, there is also a substantial amount of humor laced throughout the film and it worked for the film overall.
    No other actor could have embodied John Wick better than Keanu Reeves (Replicas, 47 Ronin) and he comes back with a vengeance. He has essentially prepared for war in this film by undergoing extensive and brutal training that has paid off phenomenally here. Ian McShane (Hellboy 2019), Lance Reddick (Bosch), and Laurence Fishburne (Ant-Man & the Wasp) all return with good performances, especially McShane and Reddick who deliver some good humor despite the seriousness of certain moments. By expanding the story the film introduces new characters like  Sophie (Halle Berry - Kingsmen: The Golden Circle), the Adjudicator (Asia Kate Dillon - Orange is the New Black), the Elder (Said Taghmaoui - Wonder Woman), the Director (Anjelica Huston - Addams Family, Ever After, Transparent), and an assassin known as Zero (Mark Dacascos - Hawaii Five-O, Wu Assassins).
    Overall, John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum (2019) is an intense and thrilling action film that is one of the best in the genre. The story expands upon the world of assassins and raises the action to a whole new level of brutality and violence. The cast performances were incredible, especially from Keanu Reeves - who clearly prepares for war for this film -, Ian McShane, and Lance Reddick. All in all, if you thought Chapter 1 and 2 were entertaining then you have another thing coming with Chapter 3, prepare for war. I highly recommend that you check this film out in theaters and see it in IMAX if you can as you won’t be disappointed.

Final Vote --- 9 of 10 stars

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