Picking up right where we last saw our killer assassin, John Wick has one hour remaining until the 14 million dollar bounty on his head begins. John tries to prepare for what will be his biggest battle yet. With little time remaining and still wounded from his last battle, John Wick has no choice but to fight on and push through.
As I walked into the cinema, I generally questioned to myself “For a third instalment, can they make this film bigger and better in regards to action and plot?” Well, firstly in regards to the action, yes they can, and they did! The best element of this instalment is easily the action, and it’s the biggest drawcard for the franchise. The action is genuinely next level compared to the previous chapters, especially regarding how “intense” and “shocking” many of fights are as they play out (thankfully the film’s trailers didn’t spoil the good stuff either). Action buffs will be pleased, and many audience members will gasp in their cinema seat (and possibly laugh too), but I’ll confess, this film delivers the best action scenes within the entire franchise.
John Wick’s audio track is to die for. I simply cannot wait until I rewatch this film again in my home theatre, particularly with the sounds of gunfire. Shotgun noises pack a real punch and sounded terrific with every shot made. Out of the three film’s this one, unfortunately, had a weaker soundtrack and lacked some of fun techno beats I enjoyed in the first two film’s soundtracks. The film’s Soundtrack is generally forgettable, but the sound effects are on point.
As a plot, John Wick fans should be generally pleased. We have a proper continuation of the world that surrounds John Wick with little bits of new information here and there about John’s past and his upbringing. Other parts of the plot get a little too much, though, especially when the film tries to use funky terms or give more information about the secret organisation.
Nevertheless, the film is never predictable nor dull. Many viewers will state the film’s plot tells a far greater story than the previous two films, but for me this film was starting to get a little too deep and confusing with its plot, particularly halfway through the film. There is also one scene that felt wasted and not needed for our hero. Let’s face it- most people who love John Wick don’t care about the plot points! Carry on!
Overall, this is one hell of an action film. With buckets of action, fans will compare this film to a wild rollercoaster. John Wick’s third instalment takes the series up a gear and gives fans an excellent and surprisingly entertaining third instalment. The plot can come across as a little too much at times, but if you’re a fan of awesome brainless action, Keanu Reeves or John Wick as a character, then this is simply a must-see for you in 2019.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden