We all knew 2019 is Keanu Reeves’ year, but just when we thought all the Keanu hype is fading away, we got the news of him returning as Neo in the new Matrix film!
On Tuesday, 20 August Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich announced that we will be re-entering the world of The Matrix as there is going to be a fourth chapter added.
The original cast member, Carrie-Anne Moss will also be reprising her role as Trinity. Lana Wachowski, the creator of The Matrix trilogy, is back at writing and directing it again. Alongside Wachowski, the screenplay is co-written by the sci-fi novelists Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell.
The Matrix is a story of the hacker Neo and his discovery that the world we live in is nothing but a simulated reality. It has been 20 years since the original Matrix was released.
“Many of the ideas Lilly (co-creator of The Matrix) and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now,” Wachowski stated. “I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends.”
The franchise has fans worldwide and made more than $1.6bn. Rumours of a new film have been circulating since 2017. Even though the plot details are currently unknown, the film is officially headed into production in 2020. It will be distributed globally.
Wachowski also said, “I like it when stories go out into the world and then come back to you in different ways.”
Let’s see where and in what ‘different way’ the white rabbit takes us this time!
Baba Yaga is back. Keanu Reeve’s third time playing John Wick pays off with ultimate fan service to the lovers of action movies. ‘John Wick: Chapter 3- Parabellum’ dazzles with fewer dialogues and a bazillion of action setpieces. It seems like the franchise is more interested in worldbuilding rather than a decent script and honestly, we don’t complain.
People don’t go to theatres expecting a John Wick movie to be a storytelling spectacle. If you can ignore some necessary aspects, this film will get your approval as the ‘Edge of the seat’ action mayhem we have not seen since the likes of Mission Impossible: Fallout. Rest assured that you will walk out of the theatre with a vertiginous head. The film is unquestionably violent and mostly, all caps LARGER THAN LIFE.
Run Wick, run!
Director Chad Stahelski’s third entry in the R-rated franchise has got lots of guns, knives and even books as weapons. Parabellum picks up from where the second movie ended. Out soft-spoken antihero, John Wick is declared ‘excommunicado’ by the ruling assassin council ‘The High Table’. With a $14 million bounty on his head, Wick races throughout New York City and eventually, to Casablanca to mitigate his enmity with the high table.
Meanwhile, a mysterious woman called ‘The adjudicator’ pays a visit to the Continental hotel. She warns Winston (Ian McShane)- the manager of Continental to step down from his position. The adjudicator stated it is only because of Winston that John Wick could spill blood in Continental grounds and the high table can’t spare this. The Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) also gets a visit from her. Just like Winston, he is guilty of helping John Wick (he gave Wick a gun). He laughs it off when The adjudicator tells him to leave town.
Wick meets Sophia (Halle Berry) who happens to be an old colleague. Sophia is in no mood to assist him but ends up joining his quest for old times sake. To make amends, Wick tries to find a man called ‘The Elder’, who sits above the high table. But he’s untraceable, can John find him for redemption?
The good, the bad and the bullets
The first act is arguably the best part of the movie. John Wick movies are not known so much for stories as for brilliantly crafted action sequences. The franchise ups its ante with a uniquely presented fight and chase sequences. If there was an Oscar for stuntwork, this move would have won every one of them. Action is the heart of this movie and the only reason we’d recommend you to watch it in theatres.
They say, ‘Your heroes are only as good as your villains’.
What’s an action movie without a terrific villain? Apparently, it’s the area where Parabellum falls short. Zero (Mark Dacascos) the knife-wielding ninja is the baddie of this film. Despite his martial arts masterworks and unwarranted wit, we were not overly fond of him.
John Wick 3 is rightfully a neo-noir bloodbath which ends on a dramatic note but teases for more sequel.
We’ll probably see Halle Berry in a meaningful role next time. Her cameo sets up the backdrop of what she might be up to in the next film.
So go to Star Cineplex if you love the puppy loving hit-man John Wick. Get your tickets from here.
Bonus: This time, there’s a lot of horses as well, and they kick major ass!