John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum (2019) Directed By Chad Stahleski. With Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane and Laurence Fishburne.
“Guns…lots of guns” suggests John Wick prior to the exhausting final gun-down of John Wick 3: Parabellum. This third movie outing for Keanu Reeves continues the self-deprecating tone of the previous offerings, albeit with a nagging sense of flagging repetition.
There is a feeling the movie is made by stuntmen for stuntmen, such is the mind-blunting onslaught of action set-pieces, during which Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry and her dogs shoot, punch, chop, stab and bite their way through levels of a video game. Indeed, it is akin to watching someone button-mash their way through an X-Box ‘beat-em-up’.
The only directive is to show you cool stuff, which works fine for 20-mins after which you begin to wonder how long is left. The dark, neon rain-lashed alt universe NYC adds a sense of surface style, but not nearly enough to break even over the long haul.
As has been the case in previous outings, Ian McShane and Laurence Fishburne show up to spout bits of inane dialogue while Reeves lets his guns do the talking.
The fun of the first movie is only echoed and while you have to merit the staging and execution of the action, it is fundamentally a violent 2-hour dance routine (Strictly Come Shooting) with the occasional pause for plot explanation. Fun at first, but increasingly boring and ridiculous.