John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Is The Longest Film In The Franchise

by : Francesca Donovan on : 12 Apr 2019 20:33
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John is coming for you, to a cinema screen near you, very soon and the experience is going to be longer than ever before. 

As more details regarding John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum emerge, it seems Reeves and the gang have been working very hard to bring you even more action.


You can watch the trailer for the third in the franchise below:


Here’s some need-to-know information for those of you looking forward to enjoying a movie theatre experience with no bathroom breaks: Just don’t drink any water.

According to the British Board of Film Classification, Parabellum will have a running time of 131 minutes – or two hours and 11 minutes, to me and you.


In context, the third film is nine minutes longer than John Wick: Chapter 2 and a half an hour ahead of the first John Wick film.


So, as Reeves prepares for the release of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, it makes perfect sense for the actor to have enlisted the help of actual real life Navy SEALs to hone his skills.

The third part of the neo-noir franchise sees the legendary hit man forced to fight his way out of New York – with the help of a hit woman played by Halle Berry, of course – when a $14 million contract on his life makes him the target of the world’s top assassins.


That’s what you get for knocking off Santino D’Antonio in the Continental, I guess.


According to Reeves, the film’s title was taken from a 4th century Roman military quote ‘Si vis pacem, para bellum’.

It translate thus:


If you want peace, prepare for war.

So, prepare for war with the SEALs the Beirut-born 54-year-old Matrix actor absolutely did. Pix or it didn’t happen?

Here’s a really, really badass video:


The video shows Reeves practising his shooting stance with former Navy SEAL and CIA contractor, Shawn Ryan, who now owns the tactical training company, Vigilance Elite.

Reeves shadows Ryan almost perfectly as they play out how a Navy SEAL would ‘make entry’ into a room containing risk and ‘clear out’ – in other words, check there’s no one in there trying to assassinate John Wick or his dog.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is set for release on May 17.

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Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.

Topics: Film and TV, Film, John Wick, Keanu Reeves


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