To a level, the films that you have to watch after John Wick: Chapter three – Parabellum are the identical as you might want to watch after any John Wick film. Director Chad Stahelski has been noting the collection’ influences during, specifically the movies of Sergio Leone, Akira Kurosawa, Sam Peckinpah, William Friedkin, John Woo, Park Chan-wook, Jackie Chan, and Buster Keaton, plus films starring Steve McQueen, notably Bullitt, and John Boorman’s Level Clean particularly and particularly.
Fortuitously (however surprisingly), I haven’t completed considered one of these lists for any of the John Wick films but. Nonetheless, I don’t need to be too common. The next picks certainly embrace some films that could possibly be beneficial to followers of John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2, however every has a direct connection to Chapter three, both for the filmmakers or for myself.
- 1 The Villainess (2017)
- 2 The Raid 2 (2014)
- 3 Assaulted: Civil Rights Underneath Hearth (2013)
- 4 Velocity (1994)
- 5 The Fisher King (1991)
- 6 The Warriors (1979)
- 7 The Spy Who Beloved Me (1977) and Recreation of Demise (1978)
- 8 The Good, the Dangerous and the Ugly (1966)
- 9 The Bare Prey (1965)
- 10 Casablanca (1942)
- 11 The Common (1928)
The Villainess (2017)
When our personal Rob Hunter reviewed Jung Byung-gil’s The Villainess, he not solely referred to as it the most effective motion films of the yr but in addition in contrast the Korean function to “comparable current gems” John Wick and The Raid. He additionally later listed this film as quantity two, proper behind a best choice of John Wick: Chapter 2 in his official record of the most effective motion films of 2017. Subsequently, it’d be becoming to advocate The Villainess after you watch any John Wick film anyway.
Applicable to Chapter three, nevertheless, is the truth that the newest John Wick sequel is clearly impressed by The Villainess. Admittedly so, no less than for one sequence. In a featurette video teasing the brand new film’s motorbike chase and sword/gun struggle, actor Keanu Reeves says, “Cinema is wealthy in traditions, what has come earlier than. I noticed an image referred to as The Villainess, and it turned out that Chad had seen it.” Then Stahelski provides: “The Villainess is a superb motion film, and it has an incredible motorbike sequence in it. The primary couple occasions we watched it, me and my stunt workforce and results group have been impressed and stated, ‘Ah, that was a very cool concept.’ That is tipping our hat to them. Right here’s our little ode to you. Good fucking job!”
The Raid 2 (2014)
The Raid films have already gotten a point out on this record, as Rob Hunter’s different comparative reference for The Villainess. The 2011 unique and this sequel are well-known sufficient to acknowledge that means. However these Indonesian motion films are definitely not acquainted, even when they’re recognized about, to everybody going to see a John Wick sequel. In any other case, the remake of The Raid (aka The Raid: Redemption) wouldn’t nonetheless be in improvement. No one who loves John Wick: Chapter three – Parabellum must be skipping the actual deal for the English-language copycat merely due to the language, although.
I’m solely highlighting The Raid 2 with the idea that you simply’d additionally see the primary film however you additionally will not be watching John Wick or The Raid films for the plots and may simply enter the sequels blindly to benefit from the motion. Both method, The Raid 2 is the place you’ll discover each Yayan Ruhian (who was additionally within the unique as a special character) and Cecep Arif Rahman, as the 2 “ninja” fighters whom John Wick takes on in a brutal however humorous sequence close to the top of the film. It’s a a lot better Hollywood import and employment of their skills than Star Wars: The Pressure Awakens, and if I’m remembering proper, each of their characters are left alive by John Wick, so hopefully, we’ll see them return in John Wick: Chapter four.
Assaulted: Civil Rights Underneath Hearth (2013)
Are you able to be a fan of the John Wick films and in addition be a supporter of gun management? Positive, as a result of films aren’t actual. However it may be a difficult challenge and loads of even favorable critiques of John Wick: Chapter three – Parabellum and the remaining acknowledge the critic’s uncomfortableness with a lot gun violence and weapon fetishization. Perhaps that’s why so lots of them spotlight the knife struggle and employment of canine and horses as weapons this time round?
Barring the existence of documentaries about precise worldwide leagues of assassins, this week’s doc decide is perhaps probably the most controversial I’ve ever really helpful right here. Assaulted: Civil Rights Underneath Hearth is a movie arguing towards gun management. Narrated by Ice-T and that includes such supporters of the Second Modification as Ted Nugent (clearly), its main viewers is definitely the choir on the difficulty. However for those who’re going to take pleasure in one thing with as a lot gun-based motion and with such a excessive kill rely by weapons, you may as properly hear the actual gun lovers out, for media literacy sake anyway. And this sober and comparatively balanced doc is perhaps the perfect outlet for these voices to succeed in open and curious minds.
Earlier than he was John Wick, earlier than he was Neo (in The Matrix), Keanu Reeves was Jack Traven. The film that firmly established the actor as a blockbuster motion hero, Velocity is a really totally different sort of motion car than what Reeves is understood for now. He doesn’t get to do a whole lot of man to man preventing, not to mention exhibit any martial arts expertise. For being a film initially dismissed as one other Die Exhausting knockoff, Velocity doesn’t even have a lot of a kill rely. Principally it’s simply Reeves serving to to maintain a bus from slowing down and triggering a terrorist’s bomb. After which virtually the identical factor however with a subway practice.
One purpose to advocate Velocity, which I determine most of you have got already seen, is so that you can watch it whereas imagining Halle Berry within the position of Annie. She had been the primary actress provided the feminine lead within the film, however she declined (that summer time she would co-star in The Flintstones as an alternative). Judging by their first time working collectively in John Wick: Chapter three – Parabellum, Berry and Reeves in all probability would have had good chemistry in Velocity, and perhaps we might have seen them reunited for The Lake Home 12 years later. Maybe her profession would have been completely totally different. Maybe she winds up in Gravity and Hen Field. However then, additionally, what would have been Bullock’s breakout as an alternative?
The Fisher King (1991)
I’ll make this one temporary. I’ll all the time take any alternative to advocate Terry Gilliam’s really greatest film, which like John Wick: Chapter three – Parabellum follows some males who’ve misplaced their method as they navigate many unknown and ignored corners of New York Metropolis. However the primary purpose for me to advocate it this time is as a result of the brand new John Wick film encompasses a scene in Grand Central Station, with two individuals making an attempt to attach solely to be obstructed by others within the Principal Concourse. Solely in Chapter three, the character may need displayed some choreography have been it not for the individuals of their means, whereas in The Fisher King, it’s a fantastical show of choreographed dance that’s the impediment.
The Warriors (1979)
In Walter Hill’s The Warriors, a road gang is framed for the assassination of a pacesetter who has tried to unite all of New York Metropolis’s gangs collectively. Focused by all of the others after successful is put out for them over the radio, the titular group flees the rally held up within the prime of the Bronx and must get all the best way again to their house turf out on Coney Island. Masking three full boroughs, it’s an extended path to go together with tons of individuals after you, whether or not traveled by subway or on foot. The Warriors is predicated on a novel impressed by the basic historic story of Anabasis, which depicts an arduous retreat by the Greeks again house from Persia.
For the primary act of John Wick: Chapter three – Parabellum, it looks like John Wick is in the identical state of affairs as The Warriors. Like them, he has successful put out on him, and he has to run south from higher Manhattan. All through the film, we see him enterprise to Occasions Sq., Chinatown, the Bowery, throughout a bridge into Brooklyn, and extra as he avoids different hitmen, assassins, and gangs. Nevertheless it’s by no means clear the place he’s finally heading. He’s not going residence. He manages to go away NYC and get to Africa on an apparently very quick ship (the journey ought to take about two weeks), after which he returns to the Huge Apple. Perhaps at the least that first act ought to have taken John Wick close to Coney Island, the place Angelica Huston’s ballet might have been situated within the Little Russia neighborhood of Brighton Seashore.
The Spy Who Beloved Me (1977) and Recreation of Demise (1978)
There are two films that appear to have impressed the casting of NBA star Boban Marjanović as an murderer. The 7’three″ basketball participant provides John Wick a troublesome time throughout a struggle sequence set within the New York Public Library Most important Department (certainly one of the best scene shot there because the starting of Ghostbusters), and the distinction between the lads’s sizes (Reeves continues to be pretty tall at 6’1″) was a nod to Richard Kiel within the James Bond films The Spy Who Liked Me and Moonraker and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar within the posthumously completed Bruce Lee film Recreation of Demise.
For Kiel, who iconically performs the metal-mouthed henchman Jaws, Stahelski advised Leisure Weekly: “I’m an enormous fan of discovering actually fascinating individuals and performers and to coach them within the martial arts. We have now an excellent firm, 87/eleven, that makes a speciality of martial arts choreography and coaching forged members to do stuff. So, I’m an enormous fan of the previous James Bonds, like Moonraker, the place you had the character Jaws, who was like seven ft, had the metallic mouth. We needed to perform a little ode to that, so we have been like, Okay, who do we discover?” They discovered Marjanović, in fact.
Regardless that Stahelski names Moonraker, I like to recommend the higher earlier 007 flick The Spy Who Liked Me, which has a battle between Jaws and Bond in a decent area of sleeping compartment of a practice. Tall man, tight area, battle scene. Feels like Stahelski’s dialogue of the scene in one other interview, through which he cites a sure kung fu film because the inspiration. “Fairly than use a regular-size stunt man, we’re going to make use of the most important stunt man we will discover,” he informed The Observer. “Keanu gained’t have the ability to get round him, and that’ll be humorous to attempt to shoot — like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bruce Lee in Recreation of Dying. We’re going to try this, however we’re going to place it in a decent area. We’re going to make it troublesome for our digital camera group.”
The Good, the Dangerous and the Ugly (1966)
The ultimate installment of Leone’s loosely related Dollars Trilogy and Clint Eastwood’s “Man with No Identify” character have been an enormous affect on the John Wick films because the starting. Spaghetti Westerns generally, actually, however again when the primary film got here out, Stahelski famous one hyperlink to this particular Leone movie: “Take a look at Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Dangerous and The Ugly — there’s a lot back-story unsaid there,” he advised Complicated journal. “We’re massive followers of leaving it to your creativeness. We simply offer you some gold cash, after which it’s, ‘The place do the gold cash come from?’ We’ll get to that. Have your creativeness do some work there.”
In John Wick: Chapter three – Parabellum, Stahelski added in an precise homage to The Good, the Dangerous and the Ugly. When John Wick items collectively the right gun out of various items of varied vintage revolvers, that’s a direct raise from a basic scene within the Western when Eli Wallach’s character, Tuco, enters a gun retailer and, after not being proud of any of the revolvers out there, equally creates his personal out of others’ elements — although they’re all interchangeable items from 1851 Colt Navys. The tribute is nearly similar, together with John Wick listening to the cylinder.
The Bare Prey (1965)
The thought of John Wick being given a head begin, as first proven on the finish of John Wick: Chapter 2 after which once more at the beginning of John Wick: Chapter three – Parabellum, is a handy narrative system. Give the plot and its characters some suspenseful lead-up to the motion to return. And it’s not that unusual. Whereas not given an official head begin by anybody, The Warriors to get off and operating from the chaotic opening earlier than there’s successful put out on them. And in The Bare Prey, a safari information is given a operating begin earlier than he’s pursued by African warriors who’ve killed the remainder of his celebration however given him a little bit of an opportunity to outlive.
The premise, which is definitely itself impressed by The Most Harmful Recreation, might sound extra racist than it’s, however as identified by movie historian Stephen Prince on his commentary monitor on the movie’s Criterion Assortment launch, director Cornel Wilde (who additionally stars because the hunted man) had an “ethnographic impulse” and an “curiosity in documenting the cultures, language, and music of the area,” which went towards anticipated conventions of each Westerns and different journey films involving African tribes. The Bare Prey isn’t nearly a white man making an attempt escape black others. In reality, the tribesmen and warriors are extra empathically and emotionally portrayed than Wilde’s character is. The director was additionally recognized to do every thing he might to not harm animals in the course of the manufacturing.
I additionally advocate the 1971 movie Punishment Park. The pseudo nonfiction movie is about all Vietnam protestors, Communists, feminists, and different “dangers to inner safety” being sentenced to incarceration or the prospect to outlive on the run within the desert for 3 days. It’s a mixture of John Wick’s excommunicado declaration and flight for his personal security in addition to his journey into the Sahara to see if he can survive lengthy sufficient to be discovered by a mysterious member of the Excessive Desk. It’s a loopy little cult movie by Peter Watkins, who gained an Oscar for the pretty fictional documentary The Struggle Recreation.
When John Wick wants to flee persecution and sure demise, the place does he go? To Casablanca, in fact. The Moroccan metropolis is the place you go for amnesty and/or protected passage, at the very least in response to the basic film named for the place and particularly for individuals fleeing the Nazis throughout World Warfare II. Wick truly finds an previous pal (Berry) there after which a man (Jerome Flynn) who may be capable of give him protected passage or asylum or probably a reversal of his excommunicado standing.
I’m unsure if Flynn is the equal of Rick, the Humphrey Bogart position in Casablanca who owns a restaurant within the metropolis and provides refugees with journey visas, or if that’s the Excessive Desk member out within the desert performed by Saïd Taghmaoui. Issues get just a little complicated in Flynn’s character’s place of operation when the canine begin sicking balls. Perhaps it’s Berry’s character. Or Huston’s again in New York since she provides him passage. Both of them may as nicely have uttered a variation of Rick’s well-known line: “Of all of the gin joints in all of the cities in all of the world, John Wick walks into mine.”
The Common (1928)
As acknowledged within the intro, Buster Keaton is an enormous affect on Stahelski and his John Wick films. The motorbike chase from Sherlock Jr. is seen projected onto a constructing in John Wick: Chapter 2. Now, an iconic shot of Keaton from The Basic makes an look on an enormous display in Occasions Sq. originally of John Wick: Chapter three – Parabellum. I want that was a traditional factor in the actual NYC location. One display devoted to silent movies, which might be nice because you don’t (essentially) want to listen to them.
The Basic is just not solely arguably Keaton’s greatest film (though Rob Hunter and I mutually have a choice for Steamboat Invoice Jr. — we might have used some motion on that boat to Casablanca, by the best way), nevertheless it’s the right one in every of his options to pay homage to within the third John Wick film as a result of, like that and Velocity, it doesn’t actually have an opportunity for a pause within the plot. A lot of the film takes place aboard a locomotive giving chase after which given chase through the Civil Conflict. Keaton performs a Southern engineer who turns into a hero of the Confederacy, however hey, as with John Wick, we don’t have to love or agree with the protagonist to understand their movie.