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The dog really climbed the wall.

 Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, and two dogs striding across a desert.

“We heard someone was underestimating dogs.”



John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is shooting his way into theaters near you this weekend, and dogs everywhere are going to be thrilled. After movies in which Keanu Reeves goes one dog and ensures the safety of another, the dogs in the third John Wick movie finally gets a piece of the action. Specifically, there's a breathtaking shootout in which Reeves, Halle Berry, and Halle Berry's dogs use human-dog teamwork to fight their way through a crowd of henchmen. That teamwork usually takes a specific form: The dogs go right for the genitals, then pin the henchman to the ground until Berry or Reeves can deliver a couple of headshots. But in one instance, a dog uses Halle Berry's as a springboard, then scrabbles up to the second story and attacks on gunman on a balcony. And Rob Nederhorst, the film's visual effects supervisor, would like to know that the dog really did climb that wall:

Nederhorst was responding to this passage in David Edelstein's review of the film at Vulture :

The motorcycle chase is pretty good, too, and a strong fight would be the gangsters if kicking horses' legs didn't look like CGI. That CGI is an ongoing issue. The Matrix even if Parabellum did not have a simulacrum-like fakeness that would make you think of The Matrix even if have the same leading man.

The film's locations are one thing, and the horses in the stable something else again, but the reputation of hard-working stunt dogs is just unacceptable. They're good dogs! They can climb up walls to attack guns if they believe in themselves! As proof, here is a climbing a four-meter wall, without the benefit of special effects or Halle Berry:

As further proof, here is the trainer Omar von Muller's protégé Jumpy, doing 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 but without the assistance of CGI, here's another one of von Muller's dogs doing a 60-inch high jump like it was nothing:

Also, although it doesn't have any instantly the use of CGI versus physical stunts in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum it seems important to point out that Muller has a dog to ride a skateboard standing upright:

In conclusion, amazing acrobatic clowns we definitely do not deserve. Also, if you have insulted or otherwise angered a dog, and your plan is to hide from that but by hanging out on a second-story balcony, secure in the knowledge that she will be able to reach you without the assistance of big budget Hollywood special effects, you are in for a surprise.

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