Si vis pacem, bellums. It means if you desire peace, then you must ready for war. That’s the sentence that underlies the third sequel from John Wick. As you know this film is a direct sequel to the previous chapter which was released in 2017. At the end of the film, John Wick kills Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) in Continental. This makes John Wick get “excommunicado” status.
The Hunt for Baba Yaga
John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum begins a few hours before the “excommunicado” takes effect. John, who was on the wanted list of assassins, decided to run to the Director’s place (Anjelica Huston). There John uses his only ticket to go to Casablanca and he meets his old friend Sofia (Halle Berry).
John Wick’s fate was further exacerbated by the presence of Adjudicator (Asia Kate Dillon) who judged John Wick and the people around him to be unfaithful to the High Table. This threatens the position of Winston (Ian McShane), Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne), and even the Director himself.
In essence, John Wick was declared to have to die by the High Table, or the people around him had to share in the consequences.
On the other hand, John Wick is also searching for “Elder” who is one of the highest authorities in the High Table. The search aims to ask for the redemption of all mistakes made by him, and hopes to start a new life as an assassin who is subject to the High Table.
Artistic and Scary
Chad Stahelski again gave a major upgrade to the John Wick franchise. This film now looks very artistic, but still with an extraordinary format of action. The detail in every scene and the hard work that must be done to make the scene look real are amazing.
In contrast to most action films that use zoom in or transition to cover up the weaknesses of the actor in carrying out his action, John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum is like selling out a wide-angle perspective camera with the minimal transition. That means what Keanu Reeves is doing is very difficult to imitate.