Run time: 131 mins
The fine dining of action films returns for another helping of exquisitely choreographed chaos. How can they possibly top the dizzying of Part 2 Oh boy, do they certainly try.
The man, the myth, the legend: that is Mr. John Wick is a retired hitman that strikes fear into his enemies (funny, considering how doe-eyed Keanu Reeves is naturally). Due to the escalating events of the previous chapter, concluding with him breaking House Rules, Wick has a $14m bounty on his head. Naturally, this attracts the attention of every contract killer in the area. No longer in favour with the underground assassins network headed up by Ian McShane, he must use all his wits to navigate his way out of NYC alive.
Taking cues from South Korean thrillers such as Oldboy and The Villainess, Chapter 3 is a rich, colourful spectacle. From the first punch to the final bullet, it’s truly transcendent action cinema. In an age when unconvincing computer effects and erratic camera work rule the ring, the dynamic duo of Reeves and stuntman-turned-director Chad Stahelski show us how it’s done. (Jack Whiting) Love that: “every contract killer in the area”… needs to be handy for the shops.