Keanu Reeves Confirms the Title and Gives the Meaning Behind ‘John Wick 3: Parabellum’

Prepare for war.

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When it comes to the actual title of the movie we’ve been calling John Wick 3, it seems like the filmmakers are relying heavily on the audience accepting a little classical Latin along with murder by pencil and other mayhem.

Keanu Reeves revealed in an interview that John Wick 3: Parabellum is indeed the movie’s real title, after all. He also gave a straightforward explanation as to what it means.

“Prepare for war. It’s part of that famous sentence, ‘Si vis pacem, para bellum,’” Reeves told Coming Soon.

Parabellum is a direct reference to Wick’s predicament at the end of John Wick: Chapter 2—you know, the entire assassins’ underworld hunting him after he broke the Continental’s rules about conducting business on its grounds.

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Reeves also gave some vague information about Halle Berry’s mysterious role: “…John Wick is fighting for his life and thinks that Halle Berry’s character has some information for him,” he said, “They have a past, and they get involved with The High Table, this kind of overlording entity.”

That’s just enough to get us ready for the war.

Bullets start flying when John Wick 3: Parabellum is in theaters on May 17, 2019.

[Coming Soon]