John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
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This movie has "Lifetime movie of the week" written all over it. It's syrupy and over-the-top, and incredibly predictable. But it's fairly entertaining, and I didn't spend the entire time wondering when it was going to be over, so I guess that's saying something. This isn't a big standout, but it's not bad.
I wasn't sure how I felt about this, until about halfway through. Once things started coming together I was really intrigued by it, and the last 15 minutes or so were absolutely terrifying. Low budget horror, when done properly, is much more effective than a million dollars worth of special effects, and this film is a great example.
The acting is solid and the costumes and set are beautiful, but I found this film painfully boring. I've never read the book and it's not normally the kind of thing I enjoy, so maybe it's just that it didn't appeal to me, but I had all I could do to sit through this.
This is one of the best psychological thrillers I've seen in quite a while, and it manages to be truly unnerving with what appears to be a pretty small budget and not a whole lot of action. It's unlike anything I've seen before, and the ending is perfect, in a completely chilling way. This was much better than I expected it to be.
If you can't suspend your expectations of decent filmmaking, you won't make it through more than five minutes of this. Ditto if you can't abide shaky camera techniques. For what it is, though, I didn't hate it. If I was a teenager, I might have actually really enjoyed it. I wouldn't say it's a good movie by any means, but I did find myself invested in it, and I managed to sit through it, which is more than I can say for some other similar films I've seen. Don't keep your expectations too high, and you might survive it.