Movie Spotlight: John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum-Starring Keanu Reeves

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 in 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 intended to begin a franchise, 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 3 is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on May 17, 2019, by Summit Entertainment. It received positive reviews from critics, who praised the fight choreography and Reeves’ performance.

Plot:

Legendary hitman John Wick must fight his way out of New York when a $14 million contract on his life makes him the target of the world’s top assassins. Being declared as excommunicado after killing D’Antonio on Continental grounds, the chances of survival have never been thinner for Wick. With the aid of old allies, John seeks to turn the tide.

Critical Response:

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 95% based on 57 reviews, with an average rating of 8.03/10. The website’s critic 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.” On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 75 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.

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.”

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