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Poor and disappointing movie *** spoilers ***
May 22, 2019
The original movie had a plot that kept the movie rolling forward through the action scenes. The second movie's plot was as good, but it compensated by exploring the universe created in the first movie. Chapter 3 doesn't have a plot to speak of. It's mostly John Wick running for his life, making the action tiring.
Where plot and exploration of the universe are introduced, it is done in a senseless, empty way.
Sofia takes John to Berrada accompanied by two dogs. Berrada shoots one of them. Seconds later both dogs attack assassins viciously, like nothing happened.
One example is the introduction of The Elder, a Bedouin living in the middle of the Moroccan desert and sits above the high table. It is unclear why would such a position exist and why would he live in the middle of the desert, except to make up for so many minutes of movie.
The adjudicator makes for a similar problem. Toward the end of the movie, she just sits in a room in the NY Continental, and magically knows when all her assassins have been killed by John Wick and Charon, just so she could call Winston to negotiate with him. She identifies herself as an adjudicator by handing over a coin, the movie not addressing the question of what would prevent anyone from passing the coin in order to present himself as an adjudicator. This is a contrived method, just to build on the existing coins.
I expected the movie to reach it's end point within an hour, then continue to the 4th movie's plot. Apparently there's more money in going the other way. Next movie, I'll wait for the reviews before seeing it.