Keanu Reeves, who self-identifies as a person of color, is out with the latest violent installment of John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, hitting theaters Friday during the middle of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
That was, essentially, the entire plot of John Wick-well, that and watching Keanu be equal parts amusing, mopey, and brutal. As Continental Manager Winston (Ian McShane) puts it, John Wick needs to decide whether he's the boogie man or, simply, a man.
The eponymous John Wick is on the run in Parabellum for two reasons.
There are plenty of twists and turns in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, but perhaps none more so than the revelation that the protagonist's name is actually just a pseudonym. The assassin who the entire franchise is named after isn't actually really named John Wick.
John has killed the wrong guy, a member of the worldwide assassins guild the High Table.
The filmmaker let the exciting info slip on Friday, when asked which of the John Wick films was the most hard to make.
Sitting on a throne and covered in the cuts the High Table gave him as punishment for insubordination, he tells Wick - who is flat on his face on the ground - just how pissed off he is. None of this matters.
In the first few minutes, John Wick kills people with a library book, about fourteen zillion knives, and A HORSE.
Sure, the bread and butter of any John Wick movie is its skull-splitting, blood-splattering action scenes-filmed here, as inventively, exhilaratingly, and wince-inducingly as ever, by stuntman-turned-director Chad Stahelski-but almost as interesting, it turns out, is the fantastical world John Wick skulks around in between his massacres. Now that I think about it, of course watching the world's greatest, grumpiest assassin indirectly avenge a puppy by using a goddamn murder horse is the apex of cinema. Every gun shot, body blow, shattering jaw and gut slicing rings out sonorously from the screen, so that even if yet another faceless henchperson loses their life, leaving this mortal plane unnoticed, at least the act of violence that ended them will be remembered.