John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum shoots at cinemas near you this weekend, and dogs will be thrilled everywhere. After films in which Keanu Reeves avenges one dog and provides for the safety of another, the dogs finally get a bit of action in the third John Wick movie. In particular, there's a breathtaking shootout in which Reeves, Halle Berry, and Halle Berry's dogs fight through a crowd of henchmen using human-dog teamwork. This teamwork usually takes place in a certain form: The dogs reach for the genitals and put the henchman on the ground until Berry or Reeves can deliver a few head shots. In one case, a dog uses the back of Halle Berry as a springboard, then climbs up the wall to the second floor and attacks an armed man on a balcony. And Rob Nederhorst, the film's visual effects officer, wants you to know that the dog really climbed that wall :
Nederhorst responded to this passage in David Edelstein's review of the film at Vulture:
The subsequent motorcycle hunt is also pretty good, and a stable fight would be a gangbuster if the kicking horse's legs did not look like CGI. This CGI is a perennial problem. A dog poking up a wall to rip his attacker's neck is caricatured, and the settings have a simulacral counterfeit that makes you think of the Matrix, even though Parabellum did not have the same lead actor.
The movie's filming locations are one thing, and the horses in the stable again something else, but to foul the reputation of diligent hour dogs is simply unacceptable. They are good dogs! You can climb walls to attack gunmen if they believe in themselves! As proof here is a dog climbing a four-meter-high wall without the benefits of special effects or Halle Berry:
Further proof of this is the dog trainer Omar from Muller's protégé Jumpy, who runs a parkour routine that includes jumps that should be impossible for a CGI-less dog:
And speaking of jumps that should be impossible for a dog without the help of CGI, here's another of Miller's dogs making a 60-inch high jump as if it were nothing:
Although there is no direct impact on the use of CGI in comparison to physical stunts in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum it still seems important to point out that Mueller put a dog on it has trained to ride upright on a skateboard:
Conclusion: Dogs are amazing acrobatic clowns that we definitely do not deserve. If you've insulted or otherwise offended a dog and you want to hide from this dog by going to a balcony on the second floor, you can count on him to be unable to reach you without the help of big budget Hollywood special effects, you will be surprised.