The release of John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum is a month away and promotion has barely started, but we now know the trilogy-making installment is poised to be the longest in the series, clocking in at a whopping 131 minutes.
Britain's Board of Film Classification (BBFC) released stats and insight on the Keanu Reeves film and what it has in store in addition to its utterly star-studded cast and record running time.
Categorizing John Wick 3 as "Action," the Board's post says "All known versions of this work passed uncut," meaning we are probably getting the uncut, uncensored version of John Wick that most fans have been clamoring for since the first film. The movie is rated R for "strong bloody violence, language," which is unlikely to get trimmed.
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Two prior installments, John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2, laid the groundwork for its vast secret society of assassins and slowly raised the nihilistic stakes of codes and mob rule to a level of carnage hitherto unseen with such style. The first film was under two hours and Chapter 2 came in slightly above that, making the epic, longer runtime for Parabellum quite appropriate.
The BBFC's synopsis states John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum "is a US action thriller in which a hitman must escape several attempts on his life when an Assassin's Guild order a $14 million contract on his head." Chapter 3 picks up right where part two left off -- with every hitman on Earth gunning for him.
Directed by the returning Chad Stahelski, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum releases on May 17. It stars Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Halle Berry, Jason Mantzoukas, Jerome Flynn, and Gotham's Robin Lord Taylor.