The world against John Wick – in JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 All the contract killers in the underworld are targeting the action hero. The result is the best part of the series so far, which even really hurts in some places. We reveal more about this in our review.
The Plot Summary
Immediately after the explosive high start, the clock is ticking for John Wick (Keanu Reeves). The super contract killer, who has been brought out of early retirement, is about to excommunicado to be declared – the High Chamber, the secret worldwide association of criminal organizations that enforces the assassin’s code, withdraws all protective services from him. $14 million is on his head: Not even a man like Wick has ever faced so many parallel threats, all intent on turning his lights out once and for all. The enemies are lurking everywhere. For Wick, this means he has to travel to the ends of the earth to have his own personal day of reckoning…
Explanation of the Ending
The now 54-year-old acting legend Keanu Reeves has a second spring to thank for the “John Wick” series. His star had long since fallen when the two directors Chad Stahelki and David Leitch – who had previously worked as stunt coordinators for major blockbusters – presented “John Wick”, a stylish, brutal adult action film in 2014, which first became a mega hit and now even developed into a successful franchise. True to the common Hollywood motto “Higher faster further!” Although the figures for the sequel “John Wick: Chapter 2” were exactly the same (a gross of 88 million US dollars was followed by over 170 million), the critics were quite unanimous in their opinion that the quality of Chapter one had decreased from one to two had. Chad Stahelski has now long been the sole director responsible for the films and seems to have taken the criticism of his last film to heart. At the same time, it remains true to the line of the action saga: “John Wick: Chapter 3” is even darker than the previous two films, but the neo(n)-noir look still stands out even more. And above all, it gets a whole lot more brutal. Although the FSK has also given this film an unabridged rating for ages 18 and up, this step has never seemed more uncertain than ever before. Now it’s official: genre lovers can look forward to one of the most brutal mainstream action films of recent years. Chad Stahelski and his crew take no prisoners here.
Keanu Reeves takes on the role of John Wick for a third time.
In the original, the film has the additional title “Parabellum”. On the one hand, this term can be derived from a Latin proverb: “Si vis pacem para bellum.” Means something like “If you want peace, prepare for war.” – a sentence that the hotel owner Winston is well known from the first two films (Ian McShane) even says openly. At the same time, there are – also derived from this saying – several weapon and ammunition models that go by the name Parabellum. And with all the equipment used over the course of the 130 minutes of “John Wick: Chapter 3,” it wouldn’t be surprising if a Parabellum pistol was included. In his third adventure, the title hero uses every means to hunt down his opponents. There’s shooting, chopping, stabbing and even scraping the knife out of the opponent’s eye socket in a super close-up. As I said: The thing with the FSK approval must have been pretty close. But the cameraman Dan Laustsen, who was already used for “Chapter 2”. (“Shape of Water – The Whisper of Water”) doesn’t just hold up in the nastiest moments. Unlike the previous film, which was sometimes very confusingly photographed, it maintains an overview and ensures that you can follow exactly who is fighting against whom and who is superior to the other, when and how. Plus, “John Wick 3” is just a damn good looking movie. The way the makers play with light and shadow here is, especially in the final act, a repetition of the finale from part two. Those responsible have nevertheless perfected it when they once again chase John Wick and his opponents through a spectacularly lit glass studio.
But even if one or two set pieces from the previous parts seem familiar, the four-person team of authors led by “John Wick” mastermind Derek Kolstad have come up with enough new places where perfectly fit people can get to grips with each other. In a library, a book (!) becomes a deadly weapon during a compactly staged but no less painful fist fight. In a riding stable, Wick actually just wants to choose a new means of transportation, but then discovers the horses’ hind legs as the ultimate off button for his opponents. And at the climax of this violent action fest, Keanu Reeves and Halle Berry work (“Kingsman: The Golden Circle”) Side by side with two perfectly trained killer dogs, against whom the armed henchmen have no chance. But this spectacular scene is also accompanied by one of the few criticisms of the film: Unfortunately, there is no further improvement until the end, so that “John Wick: Chapter 3” reaches its dramaturgical and qualitative climax after almost half of the running time. Everything else (including the final fight, which is particularly acoustically extremely impressive) is also entertaining and is in no way inferior to the previous scenario, especially in terms of brutality. It’s still a little unfortunate that “John Wick 3” doesn’t end with a highlight.
Two opponents: Mark Dacascos and Keanu Reeves.
Speaking of closure: Keanu Reeves recently stated in an interview that he would play John Wick as long as the audience wanted him. Contrary to previous announcements, “John Wick: Chapter 3” is not the conclusion of a trilogy, but rather a middle part that was designed as such from the beginning. You can see that at times in the story. Chad Stahelski’s main focus is on the perfectly choreographed fight scenes, for which he worked with the teams from “Plan B” and the “The Raid” films, among others. However, he can’t avoid isolated dialogue scenes. And sometimes they seem like a necessary evil. Despite guest appearances from the aforementioned Halle Berry, Anjelica Huston (“Trouble”)Asia Kate Dillon (“Orange is the New Black”) and returnee Laurence Fishburne (“Ant-Man and the Wasp”) The narratively relevant passages in “John Wick: Chapter 3” seem like sags that you have to accept in order to get from one action scene to the next. That’s a shame, but it’s easily bearable given what you’re presented with afterwards. And since the cast, who put themselves entirely into the service of the film, fits perfectly into the film, these are at best deductions in the B grade, which cannot disguise the fact that “John Wick: Chapter 3” is an absolute must for action lovers.
Conclusion: “John Wick: Chapter 3” is the best part of the series. This is ensured by the remarkable level of violence, the spectacular fight choreography, the wealth of ideas and the visuals, even if the 130 minutes can feel a little long apart from the action scenes.
“John Wick: Chapter 3” can be seen in USA cinemas nationwide from May 23rd.