John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is making its way to theaters near you this weekend and dogs everywhere will be delighted. After movies in which Keanu Reeves will avenge a dog and ensure the safety of another, the dogs of John Wick 's third film will finally have a share of the action. In particular, there is a breathtaking shootout in which Reeves, Halle Berry and Halle Berry's dogs use a dog-dog team work to fight their way through a host of henchmen. This team work usually takes a specific form: the dogs go straight for the genitals, then pin the hand man to the ground until Berry or Reeves can give two hits to the head . But in one case, a dog uses Halle Berry's back as a stepping stone, then climbs the wall up to the second floor and attacks an armed man on a balcony. And Rob Nederhorst, the visual effects supervisor of the film, would like you to know that the dog really made climb this wall:
Nederhorst reacted to this passage from David Edelstein's critique of the Vulture film:
The ensuing motorcycle chase is pretty good too, and a stable fight would be a fright if the legs of the kicking horse did not look like CGI's. This CGI is a permanent problem. A dog that climbs a wall to tear the chinstrap of his attacker is caricatural, and the settings present a false pretense of simulacrum that would make you think of The matrix even if Parabellum did not have the same leading man.
The locations of the movie are one thing, and the stable's horses are yet another thing, but tainting the reputation of hard working stunt dogs is simply unacceptable. They are good dogs! They can climb walls to attack armed men if they believe in themselves! As proof, here is a dog climbing a wall of four meters, without special effects or Halle Berry:
As additional proof, here is the Jumpy protégé of the dog trainer, Omar von Muller, who performs a parkour routine that includes jumps that should be impossible for a dog without the use of CGI:
And speaking of jumps that should be impossible for a dog without the help of CGI, here's another of von Muller's dogs performing a 60-inch high jump as if nothing had happened:
Moreover, even if he does not have direct relating to the use of CGI in relation to physical cascades in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, it still seems important to point out that Muller has trained a dog to ride on a standing skateboard:
In conclusion, dogs are incredible acrobatic clowns that we absolutely do not deserve. In addition, if you have insulted or irritated a dog, and if you intend to hide from that dog by dragging yourself on a second floor balcony, make sure that he will not be able to reach you without the help of great budget Hollywood special effects, you are surprised.