Before 2014, Keanu Reeves was still most famously known for being Neo in the Matrix series. But once John Wick came out, it re-established him as a badass action hero. The film was more impressive than anyone could have expected, and it wasn’t just because of Keanu. Now, the series is on to the third part with John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, which will be in theaters this summer. It’s one of the most-anticipated films of the year and it also just might be the best action film of 2019. Here are five reasons why:
1. The Director
John Wick killed (pun intended) at the box office because it was an action film directed by a stuntman. Even though it was his first film as a director, Chad Stahelski proved that he knew what he was doing. He did it again with John Wick: Chapter 2 in 2017, and now he’s back to amp up the action even more in John Wick: Chapter 3.
2. The Cast
While Keanu Reeves is clearly the star of the series, the cast is full of amazing actors with many of the favorites from the previous movies returning and new ones joining them. You’ll be seeing Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Saïd Taghmaoui, Jerome Flynn, Tobias Segal, Boban Marjanović, Anjelica Huston and Ian McShane in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.
3. High Stakes
The ‘Parabellum’ in the title comes from the Latin phrase ‘Si vis pacem, para bellum‘ which means ‘If you want peace, prepare for war’. There’s a global bounty on John Wick’s head for killing a member of the international assassin’s guild at the Continental Hotel and he’s given the grace period of one hour before everyone starts hunting him down. He’s cut off from his usual resources, and Wick will have to do everything to escape New York City alive.
4. More Dogs
Dogs have always been an important part of the series since the first film. It was the death of his puppy that brought the retired assassin John Wick back into the profession. In the latest film, it’s not just John who has a dog. Halle Berry, who plays the assassin Sofia, is shown in the trailer with three dogs by her side. In interviews, the director has revealed that Berry was basically a trainer for the dogs and she is the one who is commanding the dogs in the film and not someone else giving orders behind the scenes.
5. More of Everything Else
In the first film, we saw Keanu Reeves use a pencil as quite an effective weapon. Now, from what we see in the trailer, it looks like he’s moved on to using books. With pretty much every assassin who’s anyone hunting him down to get the 14 million dollars, John Wick will get even more inventive to survive. We even see him riding a horse through the streets of New York and we can’t wait to see how that comes about.
Haven’t seen the John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum trailer yet? See it here and stay tuned for more updates about the film.