John Wick 3: Parabellum
Release year: 2019
Director: Chad Stahelski
Screenwriter: Chad Stahelski, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins, Marc Abrams
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Anjelica Huston
A 14 million dollars price tag has been put on John Wick’s (Reeves) head after he has been made excommunicado. So just about every bounty hunter around is after him and everyone daring to help him will be punished harshly by the international assassin’s guild. But John Wick is not your average assassin. He is a legend.
Following directly where the second installment of this exciting franchise John Wick 3 throws itself straight into the action and just about holds it there through two hours. In other words; expect to be exhausted at the end, this is hard-core action. By now you know the legend that is John Wick, the Baba Yaga, the man who tried to lead a normal and peaceful life until someone dragged him back into the game and paid the prize for it. But now Wick sees the consequences. His situation looks hopeless but this is John Wick. As he demands favours to be payed back we get the pleasure of Huston (The Wiches, 1990) and Berry (Gothika, 2003) joining the game, with especially Berry being an interesting asset with her highly trained killer dogs. Fishburne (The Matrix, 1999) and McShane (Hellboy, 2019) as well as Reddick (White House Down, 2013) makes welcome returns to surprising effect while Dillon (Hitting the Wall, 2011) plays her character as ice cold and mean and Dacascos (The Driver, 2019) is a strong enemy to Wick. So familiar faces return and new is introduced but it is never confusing following the story, it is much harder keeping up with the number of kills. Because Wick still delivers when it comes to action and Reeves (Speed, 1994) still manage bad ass with ease in this exceptional beautiful and high paced action thriller. Bring on the next!
The title “Parabellum” comes from the Latin phrase: “Si vis pacem, para bellum” which means “If you want peace, prepare for war.” It is also an alternate name for the ubiquitous 9mm handgun cartridge (“9mm Parabellum”). The phrase itself appears three times in the movie: it is tattooed on the back of the ballerina girl in the beginning, it appears on the door of a bus outside the hotel, and Winston (Ian McShane) says it out loud later in the movie.
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