I can’t think of many films that pull off one man versus the entire world while still being a fun, entertaining ride. “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” not only pulls this off, but does so with the same amount neon style, class and sophisitication we’ve come to expect from the series. Keanu Reeves continues his wonderfully underplayed tone, never using any more words than he needs to while always using more knives and bullets than he needs to, all while acting like the most desperate man on the planet.
But of course, the highlight in this franchise has to be the action sequences, and “Chapter 3” ups the ante even more than the previous entries, especially when it comes to scale. The film takes full advantage of its premise and makes you feel like the whole world is out to get the greatest hitman on the planet. This leads to a wide range of fight scenes, including a scene with Reeves on horseback, a mostly one-shot motorcycle sequence, a vicious shootout involving dogs being amazing and several kung-fu fights that would make Jackie Chan proud.
However, it should be noted that the story and acting are rather shallow, mostly both used as vehicles to get to the stylized action sequences. This isn’t too different from the simplistic, over-the-top action of the previous entires, this one just amps it up to absurd levels while the story never goes much further than “the whole world wants John Wick’s head.” So if you’re looking for something deeper or more complex, then this probably isn’t the film for you. But if you want an all-out action movie that tries everything it can to top the last action scene, then “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” might be one of the most fun movies of 2019.
Final Grade: B+