John Wick has come a long way since his pup died in the first installment. But fortunately, he has not lost his sense of the show.
This sequel kicks off directly after the end of the second film, as John Wick becomes the target of hitmen after murdering a member of the High Table and becoming an “excommunicado” . His head is then put at a price for 14 million dollars, and he has an hour to flee, left to himself in a hostile environment and tracked from all sides by hired killers all more dangerous than the others.
This is the starting point of John Wick Parabellum, from which follows an avalanche of epic action scenes, without ever falling into the too much . The choreographies are mastered on the fingertips, and Chad Stahelski, the director of the film, after having worn the first two parts, renews his know-how in the matter.
A half-hearted scenario (but after all, it’s not the kind of house)
Despite a scenario that had developed somewhat in the second part, this third opus brings us straight back to the paths of the first, namely an action film with a controlled pace and ultra-polished scenes . So don’t expect to vibrate on that side. The narrative axis is so poor that the brief moments of history fade away very quickly, swept aside as soon as a new action scene emerges. We will note all the same a rather well found and hilarious reference to the synopsis of the very first part, but we do not tell you more.
Of course, we’re not going to see John Wick for the script, but to see hemoglobin squirting and shootings going all over the place. And at this level, he is perhaps the best John Wick to date.
Raw action: neither too much nor too little
Without reinventing the genre, John Wick Parabellum made the bet of drawing the typical portrait of a demanding action film, like this scene in which a young dancer gets up again and again under the yoke of her teacher in the “Tarkovsky” Theater ”. John Wick sticks to this rhythm, trying in each scene to rise a little higher in excellence, until a final in apotheosis.
Clearly, this John Wick’s fight scenes are certainly the very best in terms of mastery, pacing, and intensity in the movies. The scenes are varied, the techniques with which John spills the blood are never the same, while always proving to be subtle (in the directing, let’s hear, because don’t expect subtlety from the part. by John Wick). We will also note the strong inspiration of Asian action cinema, which will not displease us.
Neat visual (between two sprays of blood)
John Wick Parabellum makes the effort to sublimate the action by offering an extremely neat visual, and various sets which have the merit of reinforcing the spectacular side of certain scenes. Without a doubt, David Schlesinger’s admirable work on the sets is important to highlight, although he certainly mustn’t have enjoyed watching Keanu Reeves blow up everything he had taken several months to make.
As for the performance of the actors, they have nothing more to prove, if not their excellence. From the top of his 54 years, Keanu Reeves pays himself the luxury of being more convincing than ever . From Halle Berry to Mark Dacascos passing by Lance Reddick, the hotel keeper with an imperturbable temperament, the services offered in John Wick Parabellum are up to par.
Special mention to Ian McShane, manager of the Continental hotel, who gives us a particularly convincing performance here, while snatching us a few laughs in the middle of an epic action scene.