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John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum Review: 8 Ups & 2 Downs

Downs...

2. The Villain Is The Worst Of The Trilogy

Summit Entertainment

Granted, the villains in the John Wick films have always taken a bit of a backseat to Wick (Keanu Reeves) dismantling literally hundreds of largely anonymous goons, but this feels especially apparent the third time around.

While the first film had John fighting an extremely personal battle against Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist) and the sequel presented a brilliant dynamic with fellow assassin Cassian (Common), Parabellum's main assassin Zero (Mark Dacascos) ultimately feels a little more ordinary.

To be clear, Macascos does a fine job with what he has - especially during the film's many action sequences - but he never feels suitably distinguished from any of the antagonists we've seen before.

He's a bit of a John Wick fanboy, which is fun for a gag or two, but there's not much going on here otherwise, as is reflected by the fairly familiar nature of his inevitable fight against Wick.

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