John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
|John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Chad Stahelski|
|Story by||Derek Kolstad|
by Derek Kolstad
|Edited by||Evan Schiff|
|Box office||$187.7 million|
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (also known as John Wick: Chapter 3 or simply John Wick 3) is a 2019 American neo-noir action thriller film starring Keanu Reeves as the titular character. It is the third installment in the John Wick film series, following John Wick (2014) and John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017). The film is directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins, and Marc Abrams, based on a story by Kolstad. It also stars Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Anjelica Huston, and Ian McShane. In the film, ex-hitman John Wick finds himself on the run from legions of assassins after a $14 million contract is put on his head.
The first film was always meant to begin a series, and a third installment was announced in June 2017. Much of the returning cast and crew was confirmed in February 2018, with new members joining that May. Filming began that month and lasted through November, taking place in New York City, Montreal, and Morocco.
John Wick: Chapter 3 was theatrically released in the United States on May 17, 2019, by Summit Entertainment. It has grossed $187 million worldwide, surpassing the entire gross of the second film in just 10 days, and received positive reviews from critics, with praise for the fight choreography, visual style, and Reeves’ performance.
Less than an hour after the conclusion of the previous film, former hitman John Wick is now a marked man and on the run in Manhattan. After the unsanctioned killing of crime lord and new member of the High Table Santino D’Antonio in the New York City Continental, John is declared “excommunicado” by his handlers at the High Table and placed under a $14 million bounty. On the run from assassins, John reaches the New York Public Libraryand recovers a crucifix necklace and a “marker” medallion from a secret cache in a book. He fights his way through numerous assassins populating New York City until he reaches The Director, a woman from his past, who accepts the crucifix as a “ticket” for safe passage to Casablanca, Morocco. The Director also brands Wick to signify that he has used up all his favors with her.
Meanwhile, an adjudicator with the High Table meets with Winston, the manager of the New York City Continental, and the Bowery King, the leader of a network of vagrant assassins. The adjudicator admonishes both for helping John Wick kill Santino D’Antonio, and both are given seven days to give up their offices or face serious consequences.
In Casablanca, John meets Sofia, a former friend and the manager of the Casablanca Continental. He presents his marker and asks Sofia to honor it by directing him to The Elder, a high-ranking member of the High Table, so that he can ask to have his bounty waived. Sofia takes him to an assassin named Berrada, who tells John that he may find the Elder by wandering through the desert until he cannot walk any longer. In exchange for this information, he asks for one of Sofia’s dogs; when Sofia refuses, he shoots the dog. In a bout of rage, Sofia shoots Berrada, and the duo fight their way out of the kasbah and flee into the desert.
Having fulfilled her marker, Sofia leaves John in the desert. He roams until he collapses from exhaustion but is found by The Elder’s men. John explains his actions, saying he is desperate to live on to “earn” the memory of the love he once had with his wife. The Elder agrees to forgive John but only if he assassinates Winston and continues to work for the High Table until his death. To show his commitment, John severs his ring finger and gives his wedding ring to The Elder.
Meanwhile, the adjudicator recruits the assassin Zero and his “students” to enforce the will of the High Table. With Zero’s help, the adjudicator accosts the Director and the Bowery King. As penance, both are maimed, the Bowery King almost fatally. John arrives back in New York City and is pursued by Zero’s men, but he escapes to the Continental and takes sanctuary. He meets with Winston, who encourages John not to die as a killer but as a man who loved and was loved by his wife.
Then the adjudicator arrives…
Though my wife says this is the best of the John Wick films, I disagree. From start to finish there was absolutely nothing surprising here. If you have seen part 1 or 2, you know exactly what to expect. There is not enough new, or intriguing plot to give it a higher rating. JW is great movie night fun, and an entertaining series, but part 3 is just more of the same from part 1 and 2. 3.5 stars – MR