John Wick: Chapter 3
An army of assassins gangs up on one of its own.
The latest John Wick shoot-’em-up is “the most giddily brutal and bananas film in the series to date,” said Chris Nashawaty in Entertainment Weekly. In fact, “as gorgeously choreographed, gratuitously violent action movies go, it’s high art.” Keanu Reeves returns as Wick, a virtuoso hitman who here has just been excommunicated from a shadowy global assassins guild after violating a rule about offing a target on neutral territory. With hundreds of killers on his trail, Wick seeks out old associates for help, including a crime boss played by Anjelica Huston and a Casablanca-based assassin played by Halle Berry. Though spectacularly cast, Chapter 3 is basically a series of over-the-top fight sequences, said Richard Roeper in the Chicago Sun-Times. Would-be assassins are dispatched with swords, antique knives, even a library book. After a while, numbness sets in, said Andrew Barker in Variety. On “a level of pure craft,” the work of director Chad Stahelski is unimpeachable. But after you’ve seen too many people die without any dramatic stakes, “it’s tough not to wish he’d start applying these obvious talents to scenes that have actual emotional weight.”
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