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Now showing in Taos: 'John Wick Chapter 3 - Parabellum'

Keanu Reeves kicks, stabs and shoots his way through The Big Apple

By Rick Romancito
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 5/19/19

The third film of any big budget series should ask one of two things from its audience: 1. Do you need a recap because you saw the second movie so long ago you need a reminder? Or, 2., who cares? ...

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Now showing in Taos: 'John Wick Chapter 3 - Parabellum'

Keanu Reeves kicks, stabs and shoots his way through The Big Apple

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The third film of any big budget series should ask one of two things from its audience: 1. Do you need a recap because you saw the second movie so long ago you need a reminder? Or, 2., who cares? If you're sitting in the theater waiting for "John Wick 3" to start showing, you're already down the rabbit hole probably having seen the first two movies around 40 or so times.

It’s the latter the producers of the latest Keanu Reeves smash-em-up bank upon because as its first frames attest, there is not even a beat since the last of the previous movie.

John is now in even more hot water than before, having mega-irked the leaders of a huge Illuminati-like underworld crime syndicate. Now, with the bounty on his head in the millions, pretty much every criminal on the planet is after him. So, rather than finding a nice quiet out-of-the-way desert island to hide with his sweet little pitbull he fights back — mostly hand-to-hand using his fists, feet, knives, clubs, automatic weapons and even armor-piercing shotgun rounds.

How did it come to this?

It all has to do with a puppy.

See, in the first movie, John Wick — a creation of screenwriter Derek Kolstad — was the world’s most successful hitman who was all set to retire with his beautiful wife, a cool 1969 Mustang and a cute puppy. But, his wife died of an illness and as her last act gave him the dog. Then, he has a run-in with the idiot son of a Russian mob boss who later kills the dog and steals John’s prized Mustang.

This enrages John and puts him on a path of total vengeance.

But, as the film evolves into the next, John has a new dog, a little pitbull, and finds himself drawn deeper into the underworld where there are actual rules and allegiances by which one must abide or die. For John, there is also a hierarchy at play that carries enormous power. This High Table holds sway over John’s life or death, which is where he stands as the new film opens.

While the previous films devoted a lot of time to outlining the intricacies of these machinations, the latest dives into one epic fight after another, with a body count so high one would imagine it’d be slightly less than tactical nukes on a medium-sized nation.

While one might think the last film might pack into a tidy trilogy, studios can see further profits on the horizon. We’ll see if Reeves has the stamina to keep it going or if his character winds up played by another. If so, please don’t let it be Robert Pattinson.

Tempo grade: C+

“John Wick 3” is rated R for pervasive strong violence, and some language.

It is screening daily at Mitchell Theatres Storyteller Cinema 7, 110 Old Talpa Cañón Road. For show times, tickets and additional information, call (575) 751-4245 or visit storyteller7.com.

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