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John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassins’ guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head, he is the target of hit men and women everywhere.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Chad Stahelski
Screenplay by
Story by Derek Kolstad
Based on Characters
by Derek Kolstad
Produced by
Starring
Cinematography Dan Laustsen
Edited by Evan Schiff
Music by
Production
companies
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release dates
  • May 9, 2019 (New York City premiere)
  • May 17, 2019 (United States)
Running time
131 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $75 million[2][3]
Box office $327.3 million[4]

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (or simply John Wick: Chapter 3) is a 2019 American neo-noir action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski from a screenplay by Derek KolstadShay HattenChris Collins, and Marc Abrams, based on a story by Kolstad. The sequel to John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017), it is the third installment in the John Wick film series. It stars Keanu Reeves as the eponymous character, alongside Halle BerryLaurence FishburneMark DacascosAsia Kate DillonLance ReddickAnjelica Huston, and Ian McShane. In the film, John Wick goes on the run from a legion of hitmen after a bounty is placed for his murder.

The film 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 and Casablanca.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum premiered in New York City on May 9, 2019, and was theatrically released in the United States on May 17, by Lionsgate. The film grossed $326 million worldwide against its $75 million budget, becoming the highest-grossing film of the series in just 10 days, and received generally positive reviews from critics, with praise for the action sequences, visual style, and Reeves’s performance.[5]

The film will be followed by John Wick: Chapter 4 in 2023,[6][7] with a spin-offBallerina, set to release later that same year.[8][9]

Plot[edit]

John Wick is making his way through Manhattan before he is labeled “excommunicado” for the unauthorized killing of High Table crime lord Santino D’Antonio on the grounds of the New York Continental Hotel,[N 1] which is considered neutral ground. He sends his dog to safety with the concierge, Charon, at the very same hotel. At the New York Public Library, John retrieves a marker medallion and a rosary. He is injured in a fight with Ernest, another hitman, and seeks medical treatment from an underworld doctor, but his excommunicado status activates before the doctor can finish, forcing John to complete the suturing himself. Upon leaving, he is quickly pursued by various gangs of assassins, all of whom he kills.

John meets with the “Director”, the head of the Ruska Roma crime syndicate, where he presents the rosary and demands safe passage to Casablanca. As John was once one of them, the Director reluctantly helps. Meanwhile, a High Table Adjudicator meets with New York Continental manager Winston and the Bowery King, notifying them that they both have seven days to resign from their positions for helping John and indirectly going against the rules of the Table.[N 1] The Adjudicator enlists Zero, a Japanese assassin, and orders him to stab the Director through both of her hands as penance for aiding John. In Casablanca, John meets Sofia, a former friend and manager of the Moroccan Continental.

John presents the marker medallion, which binds Sofia to return a favor from the past, and demands to be directed to the “Elder” – the only person above the High Table. Sofia begrudgingly takes John to Berrada, her former boss, who tells John he may find the Elder by wandering through the desert until he can no longer walk. In exchange, Berrada asks for one of Sofia’s dogs. When she refuses he shoots the dog, which survives due to its bulletproof vest. Sofia wants to kill Berrada, but only wounds him at John’s warning. They fight their way out of the kasbah and drive into the desert, where she leaves John. Seven days later, the Adjudicator and Zero confront the Bowery King, who refuses to abdicate his position. In response, Zero’s students slaughter his men while the King is slashed seven times with a wakizashi as penance. Meanwhile, John collapses in the desert and is brought to the Elder, who asks why he is there; John states that he wants to live to keep the memory of the love he once had with his late wife.[N 2] The Elder agrees to forgive John’s transgressions if he kills Winston and remains subservient to the High Table for the remainder of his life. To show his fealty, John severs his ring finger and gives his wedding ring to the Elder.

John returns to New York and is attacked by Zero and his students before reaching the protection of the Continental. There, in the safety of the hotel, Zero admits to being a fan of John. The Adjudicator arrives, but Winston refuses to abdicate and John refuses to kill him, leading the Adjudicator to revoke the Continental’s neutral status and send both Zero and an army of heavily armed High Table enforcers to kill John and Winston. Winston provides John with weapons and the assistance of Charon and his staff. After killing all the enforcers, John is ambushed by Zero and his students, and John proceeds to kill all but two of Zero’s students. Zero battles John but is eventually defeated and left to die. On the roof of The Continental, the Adjudicator agrees to a parley with Winston, who offers fealty to the High Table.

John arrives. Winston shoots him without killing him, and John falls off the roof to the street below. Winston reassumes his managerial position. The severely injured John is secretly collected and delivered to the heavily wounded Bowery King in an underground bunker; the two agree to join forces against the High Table.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In October 2016, Chad Stahelski, who made his directorial debut with John Wick and served as Reeves’ Matrix stunt double,[10] stated that a third film in the John Wick series was in the works,[11] and in June 2017, it was reported that Derek Kolstad, who wrote the two prior films, would return to write the screenplay.[12] In January 2018, it was reported that Stahelski would return to direct.[13]

According to Reeves, the film’s title was taken from the famous 4th-century Roman military quote “Si vis pacem, para bellum“, which means, “If you want peace, prepare for war.”[14] In an interview with The New York Times, McShane said that the film would be big, good, and that nothing is the same while also hinting that part of the action could be the High Table’s payback not only on Wick but also on his close friend Winston.[15]

Casting[edit]

In January 2018, it was reported that Hiroyuki Sanada was in talks to join the cast.[13] Later, it was revealed that Ian McShaneLaurence Fishburne, and Lance Reddick would reprise their roles from previous John Wick films.[16] In May 2018, Halle BerryAnjelica HustonAsia Kate DillonMark DacascosJason MantzoukasYayan Ruhian, Cecep Arif Rahman, and Tiger Chen joined the cast.[17][18][19] In November 2018, Said Taghmaoui confirmed his involvement in the film.[20]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began May 5, 2018, in New York City, along with additional filming locations in Casablanca. Principal photography lasted until November 17, 2018.[16][20][21] Cinematographer Dan Laustsen was asked about how challenging it was to use as many extended fight scene takes as possible while filming the high action screenplay. He stated, “Of course it is [a challenge], because all the fights—Chad [Stahelski] is doing most of the fights himself. We play that as wide as we can. Because that way we see it’s him. We do that a lot, we try to play it as wide as we can and do long shots. Of course, because Chad has a background from the stunt world he knows exactly how to block this kind of stuff. I’m not the best stunt person in the world, but I’m learning.”[22] In an interview with Jimmy Fallon, Halle Berry said, “I broke three ribs in rehearsal.”[23]

The action scene with a hitman named Earnest, played by NBA basketball player Boban Marjanović, was inspired by the Bruce Lee film Game of Death (1972), where Lee fights NBA basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.[24] Unlike most of the other stunt scenes, Earnest has a few lines bantering with John Wick, but he still loses.

Special effects[edit]

The visual effects are provided by Method StudiosImage Engine, and Soho VFX.[25]

Music[edit]

Tyler Bates and Joel J. Richard return to score the film. The soundtrack was released by Varèse Sarabande.

The theme song for the film is “Bullet Holes” by English rock band Bush. While Tyler Bates was writing music with the band, he decided that the song would be perfect for the film, and sent it to Chad Stahelski.[26] Also featured is the song “Ninja Re Bang Bang” by Japanese artist Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.[27]

Marketing[edit]

The studio spent an estimated $48 million on prints and advertisements promoting the film.[28]

Release[edit]

Theatrical[edit]

Parabellum premiered in Brooklyn, New York on May 9, 2019.[29] The film was theatrically released in the United States on May 17, 2019, by Lionsgate.

Home media[edit]

The film was released on Digital HD on August 23, 2019, and was released on DVDBlu-ray, and Ultra HD Blu-ray on September 10, 2019, by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.[30]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum grossed $171 million in the United States and Canada, and $155.7 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $326.7 million.[4] Deadline Hollywood calculated the net profit of the film to be $89 million, when factoring together all expenses and revenues.[28]

In the United States and Canada, Parabellum was released alongside A Dog’s Journey and The Sun Is Also a Star and was initially projected to gross $30–40 million from 3,850 theaters in its opening weekend.[31][32] The film made $5.9 million from Thursday night previews, more than the total of the Thursday night previews for the previous two films ($950,000 and $2.2 million). It then made $22.7 million on its first day (including previews), increasing its projected gross to $56 million. It went on to debut at $57 million, becoming the first film to dethrone Avengers: Endgame atop the box office.[33] It was the best opening of the series, and more than the first film made during its entire theatrical run ($43 million).[34] In its second weekend the film made $24.4 million, finishing second behind newcomer Aladdin.[35] It then earned $11.1 million in its third weekend and $6.4 million in its fourth.[36][37]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 89%, with an average rating of 7.5/10, based on 353 reviews. The website’s critical consensus reads, “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum reloads for another hard-hitting round of the brilliantly choreographed, over-the-top action that fans of the franchise demand.”[38] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 73 out of 100, based on 50 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.[39] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “A−” on an A+ to F scale, the same as its predecessor, while those at PostTrak gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars and a “definite recommend” of 75%.[34] Rotten Tomatoes also ranked it at No. 2 on its list of “The Best Action Movies of 2019”.[40]

Peter Sobczynski of RogerEbert.com gave the film 4 out of 4 stars, calling it “a work of pop cinema so blissfully, albeit brutally, entertaining that you come out of it feeling even more resentful of its multiplex neighbors for not making a similar effort.”[41] Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a grade of “A−”, writing that “as gorgeously choreographed, gratuitously violent action movies go, it’s high art”.[42] Wendy Ide of The Observer gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, calling it “a flying kick to the senses” and writing that “The spectacular third installment in Keanu Reeves’s fighting franchise overwhelms with opulent martial arts set pieces”.[43]

Accolades[edit]

 
Award Category Recipient Result
Art Directors Guild Awards[44][45] Best Contemporary Film Kevin Kavanaugh Nominated
Austin Film Critics Association[46] Best Stunts John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Won
BMI Awards[47] BMI Film Music Joel J. Richard (composer)
Tyler Bates (composer)
Won
British Film Designers Guild Awards[48] International Studio Feature Film – Contemporary Kevin Kavanaugh (Production Designer)
Ian Bailie (Supervising Art Director)
Chris Shriver (Supervising Art Director)
David Schlesinger (Set Decorator)
Letizia Santucci (Set Decorator)
Won
Critics Choice Movie Awards[49] Best Action Movie John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Nominated
Golden Raspberry Awards[50] Razzie Redeemer Award Keanu Reeves Nominated
Golden Schmoes Awards[51] Favorite Celebrity of the Year Won
Coolest Character of the Year John Wick Runner-up
Favorite Movie Poster of the Year nom John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Nominated
Best Action Sequence of the Year Knife Fight in Shop Runner-up
Final Fight Nominated
Golden Tomato Awards[52][53][54][55] Best-Reviewed Action & Adventure Movies John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Won
Fan Favorite Movies 7th place
Golden Year Award Keanu Reeves Won
Fan Favorite Actors Nominated
Golden Trailer Awards[56][57] Best of Show John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Won
Best Action Won
Best Summer 2019 Blockbuster Trailer Won
Best Action Poster Won
Best Teaser Poster Won
Hollywood Critics Association Awards[58][59] Best Stunt Work John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Won
Best Action/War Film Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society[60][61] Best Stunt Coordination Team Won
Best Movie Poster Art Nominated
IGN Awards[62] Best Action Movie Won
People’s Choice Winner Best Action Movie Won
Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild[63] Best Contemporary Hair Styling – Feature-Length Motion Picture Kerrie Smith
Therese Ducey
Nominated
Best Contemporary Make-Up – Feature-Length Motion Picture Stephen Kelley
Anna Stachow
Jacenda Burkett
Nominated
Motion Picture Sound Editors[64] Feature Film – Sound Effects / Foley Mark P. Stoeckinger (supervising sound editor)
Alan Rankin (sound designer)
Martyn Zub (sound designer)
Luke Gibleon (sound designer)
Dan O’Connell (foley artist)
John T. Cucci (foley artist)
Nominated
Online Film Critics Society[65] Best Stunt Coordination John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Won
People’s Choice Awards[66] Favorite Movie of 2019 Nominated
Favorite Action Movie of 2019 Nominated
Favorite Male Movie Star of 2019 Keanu Reeves Nominated
Favorite Action Movie Star of 2019 Nominated
Halle Berry Nominated
Saturn Awards[67] Best Action or Adventure Film John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Nominated
Best Actor Keanu Reeves Nominated
Best Editing Evan Schiff Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Society[68] Best Action Choreography John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Won
St. Louis Film Critics Association[69] Best Action Film Nominated
Taurus World Stunt Awards[70] Best Fight Nominated
Best Stunt Coordinator And/Or 2nd Unit Director Won

Follow-ups[edit]

Sequel[edit]

On May 20, 2019, following the third film’s successful debut, John Wick: Chapter 4 was announced and given a May 21, 2021 release date. This film was planned to be released alongside The Matrix Resurrections, also starring Keanu Reeves.[71] However, on May 1, 2020, the film was delayed to March 24, 2023, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[72]

Spin-off[edit]

In October 2018, Lionsgate Films acquired Shay Hatten‘s action thriller Ballerina, with Thunder Road Films producing the film with Hatten rewriting the script to be a part of the John Wick franchise,[73] for which the proof-of-concept short film pitch, described as “female John Wick” was previously uploaded to YouTube in September 2017,[74] with the film’s intended protagonist, a tattooed ballerina and would-be assassin named Rooney, making her cinematic debut in Parabellum, portrayed by Unity Phelan. In October 2019, Len Wiseman was hired to direct the film.[75] In October 2021, Ana de Armas entered talks to star in the lead role, replacing Phelan.[8][9] On November 7, 2022, principal photography on the film, starring de Armas, began in Prague,[76][77][78] with Ian McShane and Keanu Reeves announced to be reprising their respective roles from previous films the following day.[77][79]

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

Overview

Overview

Super-assassin John Wick returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world’s most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.
Trailer

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Cast

Cast

Keanu Reeves

Halle Berry

Ian McShane

Laurence Fishburne

Mark Dacascos

Asia Kate Dillon

Lance Reddick

Anjelica Huston

Tobias Segal

Saïd Taghmaoui

Jerome Flynn

Randall Duk Kim

Margaret Daly

Robin Lord Taylor

Susan Blommaert

Jason Mantzoukas

Cecep Arif Rahman

Yayan Ruhian

Roger Yuan

Tiger Hu Chen

Boban Marjanović

Unity Phelan

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Sergio Delavicci

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India Bradley


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Olivia MacKinnon


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Sarah Villwock


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Maxim Beloserkovsky

Charles Askegard

Stefaniya Makarova

Jeff G. Waxman

Aïssam Bouali


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Mustapha Adidou


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Alexey Golousenko

Jon Valera

Hiroo Minami

Dana Schick

Shade Rupe

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Mary Vernieu

Michael Nyqvist

Chad Stahelski

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David Leitch

Tyler Bates


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Chris Shriver

Dan Laustsen

Luca Mosca

Jeff G. Waxman

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Jonathan Eusebio

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Kevin J. Edelman

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Schavaria Reeves

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