Still alive, up and kicking. No matter how much you put John down, you can be damn well guaranteed that he will come back and make you pay. It is perhaps this resilience coupled with his high precision training and absolutely brutal deliverance that makes John Wick such a formidable character and a force to reckon with. That he now has a significantly developed universe backing him up and providing a canvas for his backstory to settle, putting a quasi-religious twist on an organisation of lethal assassins makes Wick’s story all the more interesting.
A franchise was always planned with the first film in the series, but no one could have foreseen the degree of success it would have attained or the numerous directions it would go on to explore apart from John Wick, much less acquiring its own defining characteristics and be recognized for it, more specifically and commendably a splendid neo-noirish meets cyberpunk aesthetic, and its own unique sort of over the top action, among a clutter of other action films releasing by the dozens every year. John Wick is still standing strong, and the way this third entry turns out, it doesn’t seem like he can be stopped anytime soon either.
Synopsis of the Plot
In an inconvenient irony of sorts, the third instalment in the ‘John Wick’ franchise opens at a dangerously reckless pace, picking up right where the second one left off. What makes it inconvenient is that following some heavy, nerve wracking bits and a bit of an adrenaline surge that leaves you high and dry until the next big fight fills the screen, the film admittedly loses a little steam in the middle. Just as the title card appears, we see Wick on the run hastily after having been declared ‘excommunicado’, following the killing of Santino D’Antonio, a member of the high table in Chapter 2. The High Table places a $14 Million bounty on his head, as he is relentlessly taunted and pursued by a number of assassins looking to take the bounty for themselves.
As the clock runs out, Wick runs to the New York Public Library, an archive of sorts for the table, and retrieves a medallion and a crucifix from there. It is here that Wick makes his first kill in the film with a book, adding to his long list of ingenious slaying methods. This gives way to another absolutely brutal and excellently choreographed knife fight in a warehouse, leaving another dozen bodies or so in its wake. For me, this was clearly the film’s high point.