"John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" Starts Off Strong But Veers Off Course

The movie sends John Wick in circles without accomplishing anything

Terri Lee-Sylvester
May 17, 2019 - 8:10 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum picks up right where John Wick: Chapter 2 left off: with that major cliffhanger.  For anyone who saw the first two films, I think it's safe to say that anticipation was high for this latest film.  And, for good reason: both movies were action packed from beginning to end, and with the way the second film ended, we were all anxiously waiting to see how Wick was going to escape with that huge bounty put on his head and no shortage of seedy characters looking to cash in.

As Chapter 3 gets underway, Wick is running and running and running; fighting to survive.  The clock is ticking and he's looking for a way to escape.  But, how do you escape when criminals from every corner of the earth are gunning for you?  When no matter where you go, someone is going to know you?  And that's what's at the heart of his dilemma: he really has nowhere to go, so the non-stop fights begin.

Early in the movie, there's a scene where Wick takes on what looked like more than a dozen bad guys.  It goes without saying that Wick prevails -- or else the movie would be over -- but, what bothered me about this scene is the constant overkill.  What do I mean by that?  Well, if you shoot somebody one or two times, and it's obvious that they're dead, why would you need to shoot them another five or six times?  It just got to be too much.  

New to this latest chapter are three high-profile characters: Halle Berry as Sofia, Anjelica Huston as The Director, and Asia Kate Dillon as The Adjudicator.

The Director, who heads up an institute where children are trained using extreme means, is instrumental in helping Wick get to Sofia, an assassin from Wick's past, now living in Morocco. As for Sofia, she has her own issues to deal with, so she's not at all pleased when Wick shows up on her doorstep.  The stone-faced Adjudicator carries out the wishes of The High Table.  

While this movie got off on a high note, with John Wick doing what he does best, it very quickly veered off course.   In addition to the overkill, the role of Sofia wasn't completely developed.   After helping Wick make quick work of several bad guys, she just disappeared.  So, hopefully, they rectify that with the next installment, because there's undoubtedly going to be one.

Another issue I had with this film is that it sent John Wick in circles.  He ended up right where he started without accomplishing anything.  I'm hoping they get things right in John Wick: Chapter 4.

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