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John Wick Parabellum - Glass Breaks Through in Action & Cinematography

November 13, 2023
Last updated on April 29, 2024

Chapters of John Wick is one of Hollywood’s most exciting action franchise, filled with various stunts, Russian baddies, and trained assassins. John Wick – Parabellum is the third instalment of the cult favourite action film. The whole narrative of the movie revolves around the lead character – John Wick, an ex-communicado who has a $14 Million price tag on his head and an army of bounty hunters on his trail. The world’s most ruthless gangsters await his every turn.



In this adrenaline-booster film, the cinematographers portrayed a blue–toned picture of Wick’s life through outstanding visualization, glass and ambient lighting. The whole picturization is done with a beautiful rich colour palette and musical camera work. The main setting is in New York City and to bring out an even more pronounced cityscape, all the scenes were shot at night, with rain being a regular backdrop. This allows for an overlap of flashy city colours over a backdrop of darkness to create a magical cinematic experience.



To bring this imagination to reality, Glass has played a significant role. Multiple types and scale of glass have been used to accentuate the hues and mood of every scene; from windows to fully glazed facades of skyscrapers and floors to glass entry doors to taxi headlights and alcohol bottles, each played a part in bringing out the shimmering cityscape of New York City.

There are scenes from the very start, where glass has been used as a major prop to carry the storyline ahead. At the beginning of the movie, while being chased by a bunch of men speaking in Mandarin, John Wick pulls a gun out of a gun shelf - made of a glass panel that appears to be in an antique weapons museum. This gives John leverage time to reassemble the old revolver from two different revolvers on the shelf before the first man in the group of pursuers comes around the corner. John shoots him, initiating the movie’s first action scene.

During this combat, multiple glasses were used to showcase the emotions of a fighting scene. Gunfire, heads, elbows, fists, and knives were thrown at each other from behind the glass shelves until John kills the pursuers and walks out of the scene. Glass here acts as a transparent yet strong material, giving protection as well as a visual advantage.

Throughout the movie, technologically advanced glasses have been used to depict the film's outstanding action and cinematography. In the last part of the movie, the entire fighting scene between zero, Shinobi, and John is shot in a building made entirely of glass with a metal skeleton structure.



While fighting the last two of Zero’s men – Shinobi 1 and Shinobi 2 in the glass stories atop the continental, John slams Shinobi 1 on the toughened glass floor that all three of them were standing on. The fight continues, and John beats them down, and Zero comes into the scene to fight John.

This was the most iconic scene of the movie, with technologically advanced toughened glass acting as a platform to perform stunts and martial arts. The flashy helium lights at the corners of the glass panels and columns create a complicated pattern to embellish the intense drama.



Glass has been used on various occasions to take the cinematography to a whole new level in this film. It has not only acted as a medium to disperse mystical colours to set the mood of the scenes but has also given strength to the action scenes.

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Shivangi is a professional architect and urban design enthusiast based in Delhi. She runs a studio named Chalti Sadak which acts as a platform to explore multiple dimensions of architecture and planning, and thrives on promoting culture, identity, inclusivity, and equality through various design mediums.




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