On Saturday, June 22, 2019 I visited Silverbird cinemas located at Festival Mall, near Festac Town, Lagos. It is located on the Mainland within Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area of the Lagos peninsula,Lagos State.

At the theatre ,I purchased my ticket for the sum of N2500 naira(about 7 dollars) and went into the theatre to watch the movie “JOHN WICK 3: PARABELLUM”.I was not disappointed as I enjoyed every bit of the movie.

This was the third installment to the John Wick series following the prequels, John Wick 1 & 2. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (also known as John Wick: Chapter 3 or simply John Wick 3) is a 2019 American neo-noir action thriller film starring Keanu Reeves as the main character. It is the third installment in the John Wick film series, following John Wick (2014) and John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017). The film is directed by Chad Stahelski[6] and written by Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins, and Marc Abrams, based on a story by Kolstad. It also featured stars like Halle BerryLaurence FishburneMark DacascosAsia Kate DillonLance ReddickAnjelica Huston, and Ian McShane. In the film, ex-hitman John Wick finds himself on the run from legions of assassins after a $14 million contract is put on his head.. It was released on the 17th of May, 2019.The movie was made on a budget of $75million and has grossed so far $280million in box office sales (wikpedia search results).The film showcased  excellent action sequence with a brilliant script.Keanu Reaves reflexes are absolute and flawless, his skills are exposed by dexterous near-field combat with heart-pounding battles. Empire online magazine describes it as “Combat-heavy pulp of the highest order, this is the most enjoyably over-the-top entry so far. Where else can you get samurai dogs and a Tarkovsky reference?”

The storyline in this third installment goes far beyond that from the previous two chapters, it’s intriguing how the story goes, from New York to Casablanca (paradise), out to the desert and back to New York’s Continental Hotel (a destination that has co-operative services linked to the most powerful organization in the John Wick Universe – The High Table)  it’s fascinating seeing where the story situations leads you.

The story begins with hitman John Wick on the run in New York after an unsanctioned killing of a crime Lord and new member of the High table, Santino D’antonio in the Continental Hotel premises which is prohibited and John is excommunicated by his handlers at the High Table and placed under a bounty of $14 million. He comes against various oppositions who plan to kill him and collect the bounty. John goes to an old stash of markers(coined favors) he has in which he uses to get favors done for him and he is able to leave New York to Casablanca to seek refuge against his attackers. The High Table is hunting all that have helped John since he was excommunicated. At Paradise, John meets with The Elder and seeks to make amends in order to get the bounty off his head. The Elder offers John a chance  to save his life by Killing for him and John takes up this offer and loses a finger doing so to pledge fealty to the Elder. John a new refreshed man returns to New York and upon his arrival he is confronted by  the High Table’s assassins and have a road traffic based fight on motorcycles. John defeats them and goes to the Intercontinental Hotel and meets with the boss of the Continental Hotel named Winston and they both face the wrath of the High tables assassins but somehow manage to survive only for the Intercontinental Hotel boss to betray John and pledge fealty to the High table. Winston shoots John repeatedly and he falls from the Continental roof. A wounded John is delivered to the Heavily-scarred Bowler King who suffered for aiding John after his excommunication, the King expresses his anger towards the High Table to John and they both feel the same way and agree to fight against the High table and the movies ends.

 By this we know the sequel to this will be John Wick 4, and I’m expecting greater things to come in the John Wick series. This is a must watch movie and its been one of the best watched movies so far this year. According to Popular critic review site Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 90% based on 305 reviews, with an average rating of 7.46/10. The website’s critical consensus reads, “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum reloads for another hard-hitting round of the brilliantly choreographed, over-the-top action that fans of the franchise demand”. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 73 out of 100, based on 50 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.  Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “A–” on an A+ to F scale, the same as its predecessor, while those at PostTrak gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars and a “definite recommend” of 75%.

Peter Sobczynski of RogerEbert.com gave the film 4 out of 4 stars, calling it “a work of pop cinema so blissfully, albeit brutally, entertaining that you come out of it feeling even more resentful of its multiplex neighbors for not making a similar effort”.Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a grade of “A-“, writing that “as gorgeously choreographed, gratuitously violent action movies go, it’s high art”.Wendy Ide of The Observer gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, calling it “a flying kick to the senses” and writing that “The spectacular third installment in Keanu Reeves’s fighting franchise overwhelms with opulent martial arts set pieces”.(Wikipedia ).

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