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Plot Overview

boy and dogIn a previous chapter, retired maven assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) had been robbed by crooks who dispatched his dog in the process. The puppy dog having been a parting gift from his dying wife, Wick exacted his revenge on said crooks, while crossing the line with an all-powerful criminal cartel The Table. He is now marked and tagged with a mega bounty on his head. Here in Chapter 3 Wick must fend off an endless stream of oppor­tun­istic bounty hunters as he seeks to redeem marginalized chits to gain enough support to have the bounty lifted. Mostly, he is just expected to die trying.


From an in-family Ballet Directoress (Anjelica Huston), John secures passage to a souk in Casa­blanca where he looks up the manageress of the Kasbah's Continental, one Sofia (Halle Berry) who owes him a grudging favor. He needs an audience with her old boss Berrada (Jerome Flynn) to get an in to meet The Elder (Saïd Taghmaoui) who sits at the head of The Table. These peoples are not easy to meet with. For John's trouble Sofia spits on him who's beneath her dogs. Berrada might exact some unknown tribute from Sofia for her intrusion, and the Elder is too aloof to even have a set address—he will only meet on his own terms.

We suppose the distancing is meant to bolster respect and hence the tight running of their organization. King Solomon had advised, (Eccl. 7:16) “Be not righteous over much; neither make thy­self over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?” Berrada had enough respect, for crying out loud, with­out levying a tribute of one of the girl's bosom mutts. And then he began to get cute with her “gift.” This could only bring a heap of trouble upon his unsuspecting self with­out noticeably advancing his esteem.

In the background was operating The Table's highbrow Adjudicator (Asia Kate Dillon) who was trying to set various matters aright after the earlier disruption of John Wick's receiving minor assistance from various of the organization's functionaries. At one point she visits sushi-chef/contract killer Zero (Mark Dacascos.) He's got a whole squad of his personally trained killers at his disposal.

King Solomon had also advised, (Eccl. 7:17) “Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?” The martial arts were initially intended to be defensive only, not aggressive. The exception were the ninjas who were out­right mercenaries. (In ancient Japan a samurai was permitted to kill a ninja upon discovery.) They were regarded as the lowest scum. Zero would have done well to stick with his sushi-chef business and martial arts side­line with­out going over to the dark side. To top it off he sets his sights on Wick as a personal trophy. That could get him killed. And his two prized students were foolish to stop their mortal combat with Wick to congratulate each other on what a grand fight they were having.

Production Values

” (2019) was directed by Chad Stahelski. It was written by Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins, and Marc Abrams. It stars Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, and Ian McShane. Reeves was with­out a doubt in his top form. Berry held her own as Sofia a bitch with dogs. Robin Lord Taylor played with suitable sang­froid a female, mob lawyer. New additions this time also included Angelica Huston, Saïd Taghmaoui, Jerome Flynn and Mark Dacascos.

MPAA rated it R for pervasive strong violence, and some language. The title is taken from the Latin expression, Si vis pacem, para bellum – If you want peace, prepare for war. All the close-quarters combat scenes were staged with minimal CGI. The film's first two fight sequences were veritable stunt coordination feats.

Review Conclusion w/ Christian Recommendation

“John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” was wall-to-wall enjoyable action. It set up a good continuation of the story of the John Wick character. I kept waiting for a pause to reflect until I realized there wasn't going to be one; then I just let myself go with the flow. If you like action movies, you'll love this one.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Edge of your seat action-packed. Suitability For Children: Not Suitable for Children of Any Age. Special effects: Absolutely amazing special effects. Video Occasion: Fit For a Friday Evening. Suspense: Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Overall movie rating: Four stars out of five.