The understanding of “Parabellum” does present itself until the end of the film, but let us start at the beginning. We meet John Wick (Keanu Reeves) within the same hour where he is given in the last film that gave him a running start. John needs to make a break, and fast. He wants another deal. With the help provided by the new characters played by Anjelica Huston and Halle Berry, Wick is able to reach “The man who sits above The High Table.”
Wick’s first altercation includes a book stunt that makes Jason Bourne’s Supremacy bit look like child’s play. As always, John is quick to improvise when he is short on supplies. He manages to barrel flip antique pistols in order to use mismatched caliber ammunition. It is outstanding. Each fight sequences are well blended and feel nearly seamless. There is a purpose in every strike, slice, and shot. Unlike Quentin Tarantino, the violence is not overly theatrical or cartoon-like.
Mark Dacascos’ character, Zero, carries a level of levity that connects with the audience. He has a “just jazzed to be on the show” kind of presents. He almost enjoys having his hindquarters handed to him by the man he respects the most. Zero’s conclusion is oddly satisfying.
John manages to charm every possible ally to choose to assist him over the fear they have for The High Table. Anjelica fills the mother-like symbol in John’s structure while Halle fills the sister-like symbol within this drama. They both express their great discomfort for what may come for them, yet the sacrifices John made for them is equally valuable to them and demand repayment.
The finale is staged back at the New York Continental. The manager, Winston, refuses to pay his debt to The High Table in the attempt to maintain his status. Winston asks John how he wants to die: Wick can either die like a man who has loved his wife, or he dies as the Boogeyman who is the last man his marks see. Here you will find a delightful Easter Egg that pays homage for The Matrix fans, so watch for it. Furthermore, Winston discloses the meaning of “Parabellum” by stating “si vis pacem, para bellum (if you want peace, prepare for war).”
John Wick 3 is another great piece of storytelling. Honor culture is the currency and code by which John Wick was once bound, but John Wick will not dishonor the love and liberty that was stolen from him.
Watching the two previous progressions to this film is recommended in order to connect the literary context presented in the system that is built to drive the drama.
Should you watch John Wick 3: Parabellum is weekend? My answer is definitely, “yeah.”
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This is a guest post and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Chief Editor since he has not seen the movie.