The chills of the heart are relentless
Let's tell the truth. No one buys a ticket for a John Wick film for the story or for the feat of Keanu Reeves.
The appeal of John Wick the films are his inexorable, ultra-violent and theatrical action sequences. The practical acrobatics are famous for being electrifying, propulsive and almost ballet-like in their choreography. It is truly a visual marvel.
But if you don't have the stomach for this bloodshed, and a number of people in the hundreds after three film chapters, then John Wick 3: Parabellum it's not for you
Gathering moments after the second movie, John is running through the rain-drenched streets of New York while the clock goes off at six in the afternoon. At 18, the size on his head has doubled to $ 14 million and will be an open season on our titular anti-hero.
With only a few minutes to go, the situation is terrible. It seems every person in New York is secretly a murderer while cell phones ring around him.
The High Table – the cabal of the people who rule the murderous underworld – has decided that John Wick must die. No one crosses the High Table and gets along, and they have sent an Adjudicator (Asia Kate Dillon) to make sure that John Wick and all those who helped him are treated.
The Adjudicator also recruits a deadly murderer, Zero (actor and martial artist Mark Dacascos), to follow him.
There is a brief visit to the director (Anjelica Huston) and a pop in Morocco where Sofia (Halle Berry) and her two dogs reside and Berrada (Jerome Flynn), an Italian member of The High Table.
Returning to the franchise are Winston by Ian McShane, the manager of the assassin The Continental, Lance Reddick as Charon and Laurence Fishburne as Bowery King.
The John Wick the films have never been held back and this third episode certainly raises the action and ambition.
You could describe the effect as "dagger" – but since you signed up for his endless heart-pounding action pieces, then you can't complain when you can barely breathe before the next tribe of killers comes in race, Ablazing guns.
Director Chad Stahelski and his team did well to vary the action, from a sequence in an ancient weapons warehouse where sharp knives and axes fly in fleshy bodies with incredible rapidity to a complete gunfight. assault where half the players are armed with bulletproof.
But the culminating moment must be the frantic struggle between John and Zero and his ninja – set in a large exhibition space in glass and multistorey neon where every surface threatens to explode on contact.
The room is only a part of the visual style of the franchise with its neo-noir style that now extends to Lawrence of Arabia gifts. All about John Wick he is strangely skilled.
If there's a little that seems less rooted, it's the sequence that involves Halle Berry and the dogs. While the use of Mallinois puppies in the sequence makes the vision interesting, the hasty rhythm of the shooting makes it appear weightless and less credible.
IS John Wick it's a franchise that is based on the spectacle of its practical effects – even when there are many unnamed characters that are offered with such efficiency and speed, the films make it seem visually interesting and real.
When there are hundreds of deaths, it is quite unbelievable that it supports its inventiveness and its pure wonder.
Rating: ★★★ ½
John Wick 3: Parabellum has been in theaters since Thursday, May 16th
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