John Wick is Running for His Life in the First Trailer for John Wick: Chapter 3

The dog-loving assassin returns to kill lots and lots (and lots) of bad guys on May 17.

I may have poked fun at John Wick upon hearing its premise — lonely assassin comes out of retirement to avenge the death of his beloved puppy — but the truth is that it’s one of the best action movies in recent history. And the second John Wick movie expanded the franchise’s world considerably, offering a deeper look at the rarefied world of assassins that Wick tried to leave before getting pulled back in, with deadly consequences (for everyone else, of course).

John Wick: Chapter 2 ended with Wick — Keanu Reeves in a role he was born to play — on the run, a massive bounty on his head, after violating one of the cardinal rules of his deadly world. Based on the trailer above, Chapter 3 picks right up where Chapter 2 left off, with Wick trying to make it out of town while every other assassin and their brother is on his trail.

Honestly, this trailer has everything you could want: Wick looking grim and battered in a sharp suit (natch), a chase scene with sword-wielding motorcyclists (which immediately reminded me of The Villainess and Kill Bill), Wick taking out baddies while on horseback, Wick taking out baddies by throwing rifles at them, Wick taking out baddies with a book… basically, Wick taking out lots of baddies in lots of crazy, crazy ways.

John Wick: Chapter 3 arrives in theatres on May 17 and stars Reeves, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Jason Mantzoukas, Anjelica Huston, Ian McShane, and most exciting of all, Mark Dacascos. I’ve had a soft spot for Dacascos ever since Brotherhood of the Wolf and the criminally unknown Drive, so I’m really looking forward to his inevitable showdown with Reeves.

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