After watching the third instalment of John Wick, I think it’s safe to say that Keanu Reeves is the best action star out there right now.
Parabellum takes place directly after the events of the previous movie as we watch the retired hitman patch himself up before he is declared excommunicado by the High table.
John Wick battles it out for two hours straight as a bounty of $14m is put on his head for every hitman in Manhattan and beyond to take.
Just when you thought the action couldn’t get any better, Chad Stahelski takes it up a notch with great visuals and stupidly amazing choreography.
Despite his age, Keanu still manages to pull off the action scenes leaving audiences in awe as he takes out villains charging at him at the same time.
Alongside Keanu is the the great supporting cast of Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne and Halle Berry to name a few.
In a previous review I wrote for Mission Impossible: Fallout, I said that the Tom Cruise Franchise is at the peak of action movies. But now, I think the John Wick trilogy holds up better due to its consistency and strive to innovate.
In Parabellum we see John fighting in different environments with violent, but entertaining stunt co-ordinations.
One thing this movie takes into account is the physics behind fighting as we witness the momentum behind punching, grappling and shooting guns under water.
Despite it’s 131-minute running time, the movie does feel like it leans a little to the long side. If you’re a fan of consistently action-packed sequences, then this is the movie for you!
However, I can understand why some may see the consistent fighting in the movie as monotonous.
What kept me engaged with the John Wick series is its great world-building. The story is based in a world where assassins function in plain sight carrying rules of ethics and morality.
Whenever the fighting stops, it’s usually compensated with casual humour that works with Keanu’s character.
In its opening week, Parabellum has made almost double its budget with £105m earned at Box Office.
The third instalment off the John Wick franchise is an improvement to the original story and is a definite watch.
Movie Rating: 8.5/10