To sum up the plot, John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum follows the titular John Wick (Keanu Reeves) as he fights for his life, now having a large bounty on his head after breaking the rules of the Criminal Underworld at the end of Chapter 2. Without the services and privileges his former life afforded him, he fights his way to survival so that he may live and remember his deceased wife.
As per usual in this series, Keanu Reeves is doing some of the best work of his career. Reeves and Wick are an actor and character match made in Heaven. Reeves wonderfully portrays the desperation and physicality that John Wick requires in this film. His physical performance in the action sequences are nothing short of exceptional. Halle Berry also gives a good performance. She gives an attitude and intensity that leaves a mark despite not having a lot of screen time.
Thematically, John Wick Chapter 3 is about consequences and the choices we make. As introduced in Chapter 2, the elite criminals known as High Table demand John Wick’s blood for breaking the rules of the underworld. Everyone who had a part to play in John’s actions is being punished. Through John’s journey in this film, despite his more than capable ability to survive, John has effectively ended the life he wished to have away from being an assassin. By showing the depths John goes to to find a path forward, the furthering lore of John Wick’s world thematically develops the idea of fighting a system vs bending to it.
John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum maintains the high standards of its predecessors while raising the bar for its quality of action. The world building nicely complements the themes of the film as well as continuing the themes of the previous entries. The acting and stunt work are superb and the direction is some of the best action directing of the 2010s. If you are a fan of good action, John Wick Chapter 3 is a must-see experience.