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In this third instalment of the adrenaline-fueled franchise, Keanu Reeves returns as the eternally embattled super-assassin John Wick. The third John Wick movie, by director Chad Stahelski, is everything but a sedate stroll in the park and will hit local cinemas this weekend. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is distributed by Filmfinity (Pty) Ltd. and will be released in South African cinemas on 17 May 2019. The film will release in 2D, at IMAX theatres as well as 4DX.
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In this third instalment of the adrenaline-fueled franchise, Keanu Reeves returns as the eternally embattled super-assassin John Wick. At the end of John Wick: Chapter 2, he wasn’t in the best shape. “The third chapter is literally connected to second and starts with John Wick on the run,” says Reeves, who has enveloped himself in intense training to make his portrayal as realistic as possible. “It goes crazy from there.”
In cinema – all over the world and throughout the history of movies – we’ve come across plenty of men with guns seeking revenge or running for their lives. But we’ve never encountered anyone quite like John Wick.
Even the full title, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, hints at the carnage in store. The subtitle derives from the Latin phrase Si vis pacem, Parabellum, meaning, “If you want peace, prepare for war.” And, apparently, it’s a war we shall have.
The slick action flick pulls out all the stops, and Stahelski has hinted that for all the bloodshed seen in the first two instalments, we really haven’t seen anything yet. “This film ‘goes slightly north’ of the previous one with regards to the body count,” he says.
According to Stahelski, the movie will feature horses, dogs, cats, a raven, a flock of pigeons, shotguns and ninjas. Basically, just another day at the office for Wick.
Besides this strange assortment of animals – John Wick may be cinema’s most notorious dog lover and protector – Reeves won’t be alone in the threequel. Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane and Lance Reddick are all back as The Bowery King, Continental Hotel owner Winston and Continental concierge Charon.
There also won’t be a shortage of new assassins after Wick, with Mark Dacascos playing Zero and Jason Mantzoukas appearing as the Tick Tock Man.
In addition, Anjelica Huston has joined the cast as The Director, who will presumably work closely with The Adjudicator, played by Asia Kate Dillon. The two are members of The High Table, who are displeased that Wick killed one of their own in Chapter 2.
The most exciting new cast member, however, is Halle Berry in the role of Sofia, a fellow assassin and friend of Wick’s who risks everything to help him on his mission to escape New York City.
Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7XM597XO94
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