REVIEW: John Wick gets better with each chapter
John Wick is back and this time around, he’s up against the wall. He’s on the run and the bounty hunters that are intent on getting his scalp find out that he’s more dangerous than ever–unfortunately for them.
Two Russian mobsters in as many parts of the movie have told us already—John Wick once killed three men in a bar with a pencil. With a f**king pencil. Twenty minutes into the movie, and you find out that he kills a man with something less lethal this time—a book.
“You sure you wanna do this?” says John to a fellow assassin, who corners him in a library.
“Fourteen million dollars is a lot of money,” says the assassin, much bigger than John.
“Not when you can’t spend it,” says John. Turns out, John is right.
Throughout the movie, Wick is desperate and tries to repent for killing a member of the High Table within the boundaries of the Continental Hotel (where assassins are forbidden to shed blood).
Rules are rules and John has broken the most cardinal of them. You just don’t kill a man, let alone a member of the High Table, within the confines of The Continental. John tries to seek penance but the High Table has already decided the price; John’s head.
The High Table places a whopping bounty of $14 million on John’s head and the contract is open—meaning Wick’s scalp is up for grabs.
Lawrence Fishburne reprises his role as the pigeon-petting Bowery King, the crime lord of an underworld filled with assassins. Winston is back too and his role has more substance compared to the previous two parts.
The movie features stellar action scenes and fighting sequences that are beyond impressive. In chapter three, Wick is constantly seeking refuge from highly-trained assassins and the mighty High Table. This makes hand-to-hand combats and gunfights are the order of the day.
The film features cheesy dialogues and befitting humour that makes the John Wick franchise all the more appealing to watch. Perhaps the writers could have woven a less intricate plot that features less complex hierarchies but one can let that slide.
The makers of the movie are confident John Wick is a franchise they can sell to the public—and they’re not wrong. The movie ends on a note where fans are left far from satiation and want more. Another sequel, ladies and gentlemen, is on the cards.
Overall, John Wick gets better with each part. Director Chad Stahelski, a stuntman himself, knows the value of clean-cut action and fight sequences. He delivers on the screen, Keanu has done one heck of a job as a super skilled assassin who gets rammed by cars, falls from buildings but still gets up for one last fight. You do cringe when John defies reality every now and then, taking out hundreds alone but I promise you, the fight sequences are worth it.