The unstoppable avenging hitman is back in cinemas for its third installment, and we can’t disregard to talk about it. Nonetheless, John Wick 3: Parabellum is finally here; expect mild spoilers ahead.
For those who’ve been living under a rock and has decided to come out to watch John Wick 3: Parabellum, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a legendary hitman with cool nicknames like the Boogeyman or “Baba Yaga.” He lives in a world like our own but with more assassins in every corner than rats living in your attic, and complete with a whole set of underground government ruled by the High Table.
In the first movie, he retired his guns and knives because he fell in love. Unfortunately, his wife passed away early, but she left him a dog named, Daisy. On a very unnecessary day, Iosef Tarassov–a Russian Gangster–got mad when Wick refused to sell his car and knocks Wick out and killed Daisy on his way out. Infuriated, Wick sets out on a path of vengeance that ultimately sets off the entire series.
On his path to vengeance, he triggers old boss Viggo Tarassov when he can’t talk Wick out of his senseless parade of violence on his son, Iosef. As a result, he places a $2 million bounty on his head. In the end, he kills both Viggo and Iosef simply because nothing will stop John Wick from seeking revenge. The movie ends with him leaving with a freed pitbull set for euthanization, cute.
Moving over to the second movie, John Wick is forced to get out of retirement, again! Remember when he needed to accomplish an impossible task before retiring? He required the aid of Italian crime lord, Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio). Santino, in return, gave him a coin, which they call the “marker” which basically signifies a favor waiting to be returned. Santino asks Wick to kill his sister, Gianna, before she ascends to sit o the High Table, which he wants for himself.
The “marker,” which is one of the two unbreakable cardinal rules in Wick’s world, forces him to pay the favor back and kills Gianna. However, Santino decides to double cross Wick and tries to kill him to cover his tracks as he ascends to the High Table.
Wick escapes, Santino places a $7 million bounty on his head, but ultimately he kills Santino, newly named at the High Table. We are talking about John Wick, he’s practically un-killable. These assassins should have known better.
One problem, though. Wick killed Santino in the middle of a Continental Hotel–a supposed sanctuary for the world’s hitmen where they’re safe and can’t be killed and also the other unbreakable cardinal rule.
John Wick 3: Parabellum picks up moments before Wick becomes “excommunicato” for killing a person from the High Table at the Continental Hotel. The hotel’s manager, Winston (Ian McShane), gives him an hour head-start.
We’ll see Wick scramble to find allies and guns, a lot of it, as his status isn’t only just within New York City but is extended to the whole world with a $14 million bounty. Everyone from the underground world of hitmen and assassins will be wanting a piece of that, and there’ no sanctuary for him to run to this time.
The title refers to the old adage, Si vis pacem, para Bellum: “If you want peace, prepare for war.” Wick has essentially declared war on the High Table, and the escalation plays out exactly as you’d expect when everyone’s favorite dog-loving hitman is involved.
Favorite takeaways from the movie are Wick killing a 6-foot tall assassin in between tight library hallways using a book, almost all of the well-choreographed fight scenes, and Sophia (Halle Berry) having a swath of vicious dogs attack in her behalf.
In conclusion, without giving too much away, John Wick 3: Parabellum knows how to keep the ball rolling within its storyline without sacrificing the brusque-noir vibe that made the film great. Moreover, the fight scene is only getting better with one of the best executions compared to other movies where they tend to go bigger rather than better.
On other news, we’re pulling the trigger on this one, John Wick 3 also hinted a coming John Wick 4. About the when we’re not sure as the John Wick series usually takes years in between each other. Nonetheless, we’re too excited about it.