Linda Movie Review: John Wick Chapter 3 Parabellum
A cinematic feast! Parabellum blazes open a new chapter of intrigue with more action that can only exist in the John Wick universe. Time is running out and with a 14 million dollar bounty on his head John has nowhere else to go since violating the rules of the Continental. Where do you go when you have no place else to turn? You go back home.
Home is where The Director (Anjelica Huston) resides. She doesn’t necessarily welcome him back with open arms but is bound by code to give him the passage he requests. The child of the Belarus wants to go to Casablanca to plead his case to the man above all, The Elder(Said Taghmaoui). Apparently there is someone that the high table answers to and this is the man John needs to convince to let him live.
For a man that has nothing left to live for, John Wick is fighting book and bullets for his very existence. He ends up at the Casablanca Continental run by Sophia, (Halle Berry) who is also not happy to see him. In fact she shoots him but his tactical suit protects him. Just like Santino kept John out of retirement with a marker, John does the same to Sophia. Sophia has more to lose than her life but that doesn’t deter John from forcing her to take him to her boss , Berrada ( Jerome Flynn).
Berrada tells John where to find The Elder and demands Sophia give him one of her dogs as payment. She refuses and he shoots her dog. If it’s one thing we’ve learned, is that you never shoot the dog! Sophia explodes with rage and one of the best fight sequences in the film ensues. Seeing John Wick fight with a partner his equal is a thing of beauty and wonder. The synchronicity of all the fight sequences is unparalleled.
When John finally meets The Elder, his task for John’s redemption is shocking. More shocking is that John accepts it. Consequences must always be paid and not with a gold coin. This leads John back to New York City where once again he is fighting for his life. The bounty won’t be lifted until the task is completed and that’s where things take a very, very unexpected turn.
John Wick 3 Parabellum opens up today nationwide.