The John Wick series has delivered some phenomenal action sequences through its three movies. One of these moments featured Wick riding a horse through New York City while assassins on motorcycles were chasing after him, trying to kill him. And one of the special features from the upcoming home release for John Wick 3: Parabellum details how the scene came together and features a very excited Keanu Reeves.
While this special feature titled “Saddle Up Wick” goes into great detail about the ins and outs of this sequence and its training, the real star of the piece is the breathtaking visage and interviews with Keanu Reeves.
This scene came together simply because the idea of John Wick on a horse is an awesome sight. “When we were finishing [John Wick] Chapter 2, I was like, ‘Ok. We’re in the park. John is running for his life. Let’s get John on a horse,'” Reeves said with the level of excitement of a child getting a pony for Christmas. “[Director Chad Stahelski] was like, ‘Yes!'” You can see a portion of Saddle Up Wick below.
Special features for home releases can be a bit dry and dull, but Keanu Reeves makes this featurette well-worth your time because there is nothing better than watching him riding a horse, with a gigantic smile on his face.
Reeves explained he was excited to begin training, and the film’s horse wrangler said the actor had a lot of respect for the animals. The featurette goes into extreme detail about laying down rubber mats on the streets of New York to protect the horse’s hooves, how the FX team digitally removed the wire harnesses holding Reeves up, and the specially built truck to film the sequence and hold the actor upright on the horse at the same time. However interesting that may all be, nothing is as great as seeing Reeves trying to contain his excitement as soon as the cameras stop rolling.
John Wick 3: Parabellum on Blu-ray
Parabellum scored a 7/10 on GameSpot where Mike Rougeau said in his review of the movie, “Keanu Reeves’ John Wick is still the instant classic action anti-hero he’s always been, and John Wick 3 absolutely delivers loads more of what the series’ fans love. It’s just that, for the first time, it’s possible to envision a future in which we love it less and less.”
John Wick 3 comes to DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K UHD on Tuesday, September 10. The special features contain nine featurettes about the world of John Wick and the action sequences filmed for the movie. Additionally, there is a game trailer for John Wick Hex, which should arrive in 2020.
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