John Wick 3 is a viscerally satisfying action movie, with jaw-dropping set pieces, imaginative violence and scrumptious visuals.
John Wick: Chapter 3 picks up just 20 minutes from the end of the second chapter, when a $14 million price tag was placed on his head for spilling blood within the Continental Hotel. While the movie’s opening arc is relentless with an onslaught of action set-pieces, the sheer variety to the carnage is also exhilarating. I couldn’t wipe the goofy grin off my face as John Wick dispatches the world’s most ruthless hitmen and women with a motley array of artifacts, including knives, dogs, horses, glass shards, belts, motorcycles, antique weapons, and BOOKS!
Keanu Reeves has a knack of transforming himself into the perfect action star whenever he dons an impeccably tailored black suit, and John Wick 3 is no exception. The brilliantly choreographed and over-the-top action sequences remind you of immersive video games, as John dispatches group after group of opponents at exotic locations. Beyond the title character, fan favorites such as Continental boss Winston (Ian McShane), the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne), and the loyal Continental concierge Charon (Lance Reddick) all make telling returns. While Halle Berry’s Sofia is a welcome addition, I was far more impressed with Asia Kate Dillon, who plays the role of the stoic Adjudicator with aplomb and keeps the plot moving at a brisk pace.
There is a hilarious Matrix Easter Egg when John asks for ‘Guns, lots of guns’, a throwback to The Matrix when Neo and Trinity prepare for a lobby shootout. Another reference that drew a lot of laughs was when Halle Berry attempts to justify her decision to slaughter everyone just because her dog was shot, and John simply responds, ‘I get it’.
After rampaging at breakneck speed, the movie is ultimately bogged down by a final act that is rife with long drawn action sequences. There are also quite a few instances when the movie goes a step too far with its suspension of disbelief. But despite these minor niggles, John Wick: Chapter 3 will be remembered as a viscerally satisfying action movie, with jaw-dropping set pieces, imaginative violence and scrumptious visuals.