Why do we love John Wick the character or John Wick the movie series quite so much? The answer is easy: the series excels in creative action scenes in a weird underworld all of its own. Keanu Reeves’s emotionally dead hitman keeps getting into scrapes, and all over a puppy. Or not.
Anyway, John Wick: Chapter 3–Parabellum is out now. How was it?
John Wick is on the run after Chapter 2 ended with John being excommunicated for the crime of killing someone in the Continental, one of the bigger crimes for the underworld community of criminals and assassins that John had (briefly) left only to be pulled back in. He has an hour to get, well, somewhere before all the assassins and criminal organizations that work under the High Table come to get him. As it is, the High Table isn’t completely happy. John’s last victim was not only on Continental grounds, but he was also a member of the High Table, the shadowy organization that runs this underworld society John once belonged to. That means not only will everyone be out for John, but also for anyone who had helped him either since his excommunication but also anyone who had helped him commit the crime that got him excommunicated in the first place. The High Table has rules, and no one is above them or able to escape.
Or maybe not.
John still has some markers to call in. And even if the High Table is out to get him, John does have one advantage over many of his opponents: he actually seems to form friendly relationships with many of the people he deals with. There’s a personal side to how he deals with people unlike many of the people who come up against him. John may actually be friends with these people, and many of them like him personally. That helps. And, as always, the gunplay and action scenes are top notch and creative as the audience learns more and more about the world John Wick reluctantly calls home. Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, and Laurence Fishburne all return for more while Halle Berry and Angelica Huston join in the fun, but as much as I liked Chapter 3, it wasn’t quite as good as the previous two chapters had been. 9 out of 10 fanboy killers