An absolute blast! - 8/10
Entertainment Factor: 4/5
Parabellum is Latin for "Prepare for war". And boy was John Wick prepared for his.
The third chapter in what is shaping up to be one of the best action franchises of all time sees the skilled assassin on the run as a tasty $14 million is put on his head, making him the target of hit men around the world.
The choreography and stunt work featured in "John Wick 3" may be the best I've ever seen on the big screen. Every single fight scene was creative, extremely well-executed, and incredibly shot using long takes and steady camera work, unlike in most action flicks where obnoxious shaky cam and quick shots are used in similar cases. The first and last 25 minutes of this film are absolutely insane and have to be witnessed on the biggest screen possible by any fan of action movies or film making in general.
The film, however, did come at a halt whenever there was no fighting going on. The scenes included to develop the rather dull and straightforward story did allow the audience to breathe a little, but in some cases did go on for too long. The score was also a bit unspecial and borderline generic, but I can't say that it bothered me much.
Nonetheless, I had an absolute blast with "Parabellum". It may not feature the best narrative out there but that is most certainly compensated by the insanity of the stunts and masterful cinematography featured in it. This is a franchise that keeps getting better with each installment, and I can't wait to check what the already confirmed sequel will bring to the table.
FINAL GRADE: 8/10
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