With the Wick-vs.-the-world showdown set, ‘John Wick 3’ has a blast playing in its sandbox (Movie review)

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he first two chapters of the “John Wick” saga — in addition to somehow making top-shelf entertainment out of a suit-wearing, dog-loving dude gun-fu-ing his way through baddies like he’s in a live-action video game — do some of the best world-building of any original franchise this decade. At the end of “Chapter 2,” John Wick (Keanu Reeves) breaks a cardinal rule of this oddly formal crime underworld by killing someone on the grounds of New York’s Continental hotel. Thus in “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” every assassin who loves money (all of them, in other words) aims to kill Wick and collect the $14 million bounty. Continental boss Winston (Ian McShane) gives Wick 50-50 odds of surviving.

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‘John Wick’ films strip down action/revenge genre to make it fresh again (Movie review)

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here are many impressive things about the “John Wick” films – the second of which, “John Wick: Chapter 2” (February 2017), recently hit HBO – even beyond the lead character’s kill count of 204 between the two pictures. What I like most about them, though, is that they simplify and refresh the genre, reminding us why we love action films in the first place.

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