Directed By: Chad Stahelski
Written By: Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins & Marc Abrams
Based On Original Characters Created By & Story By: Derek Kolstad
Cinematography: Dan Laustsen
Editor: Evan Schiff
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Anjelica Huston, Mark Dacascos, Yayan Ruhain, Jason Mantzoukas, Said Taghmaoui, Robin Lord Taylor, Jerome Flynn, Susan Blommaert
In this third installment of the adrenaline-fueled action franchise, skilled assassin John Wick returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world’s most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.
While the film is certainly good. What is a little disappointing is that while it introduces w aspects of this films universe. It doesn’t really offer an expansion as the last film did. Though this film is certainly more intense. As it seems more non-stop then the previous films.
This film more or less deals with the results and what is to come for certain acts and decisions. While not the ultimate sequel some like me were looking for it is a pretty strong sequels where everything is just more grand and intense.
This film is certainly wall to wall Action. It seems more than in the previous movies as it seems. Keanu Reeves barely has anytime to breathe before he has to get into more fights and in this film his enemies outnumber him greatly and also give more of a fight than usual.
Even though one action sequence reminds one of a similar scene from the film THE VILLAINESS. The rest of the film offers solid action of all sorts. Less so called Gun-fu and it seems more hand to hand action in the fights. As well as being a lot more vicious violence wise. That is more gruesome for the audience as it is a bit more hardcore.
It’s all memorable and for the most part original. Even if you think too much, yes it is a little ridiculous.
The film does go more international like in the previous movie. Strangely this film feels minority political. As the unseen powers that be who make the laws and rules. All of a sudden seem more vicious and cruel due to one decision even when it comes to those who have shown loyalty for decades and if they refuse to kiss the ring so to speak they are all of a sudden enemies.
It’s Wonderful to see Halle berry int his film. I. A supporting role, but actually gets to make her mark and do something. Rather just be here in more a star capacity given little to do which happened before with the X-Men movies and KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE. She is impressive in her action sequences and her presence in this film Feels more natural.
The film also allows to show the progression of time. As John Wick is a legendary assassin the times have taken their role in him from his funny walk and gait in some scenes.
While there is little room for a main villain as John wick is running for his life from most. The characters who represent adversaries are Asia Kate Dillon as the Adjudicator and her hired henchmen of The chef played by Mark Dacascos and his student assassins which include Yayan Ruhian best known for THE RAID movies playing villains, but you usually know if you see him there are going to be memorable action/fight sequences.
Mark Dacascos is the icing on the cake here. Especially playing the chef after many years of being the host of the cooking show THE IRON CHEF and for being the star of many straight to home video action films before that. His were sown personal favorites of mine growing up. Here he gets to be funny and dangerous.
The film Also allows the characters of the previous films left with decisions to make as they must make amends for their actions and make choices all due to their help or allegiance to this one character. This film also seems to get more into the politics of the world in which John operates as an assassin. Not to mention it offers all kinds of different fight scenes even one where horses are used as weapons.
Keanu Reeves here has a role he was not. To play where his charisma comes off as well as his action skills. As no matter how brutal he is we always root For him. It seems in this movie and most he stars in.