5 films that make Keanu Reeves an A-list star besides John Wick
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Unlike the one-color acting style in recent franchised blockbusters, the Canadian actor has played many special roles throughout his massive career. Few people know that apart from bloody killing scenes, Keanu Reeves also owns impressive humorous, mysterious roles.
In addition to "John Wick" as a hit movie icon recently, the following films will be an appropriate choice for audiences to explore other exciting versions of the 54-year-old star.
"Constantine" is a supernatural, horror film directed by Francis Lawrence, based on the Vertigo Hellblazer comics. The film followed Keanu Reeves' character, detective John Constantine (who had the ability to identify and communicate with angels and demons) to investigate mysterious and supernatural cases.
In the film, he collaborated with female detective Angela Dodson to find the cause of the mysterious death of her mentally ill twin sister Isabel Dodson. The trip to discover the truth pushed him and his partner to the desert of Mexico, where evil and darkness were awaiting an opportunity to rise.
"Constantine" attracted viewers thanks to outstanding dramatic element integrated into striking action scenes and cinematic effects. In addition to Keanu Reeves, the cast also included huge names like Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf and Tilda Swinton.
4. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
"Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" is a comedy released in 1989. The work was directed by Stephen Herek and written by the duo Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon. Notably, this is one of the films that started the great career of action star Keanu Reeves. In the movie, he played Ted, who took a time trip through a phone booth with Bill (Alex Winter). Earlier, Ted's father, a local sheriff, threatened to send the boy to military school if he failed the history test.
The fateful trip brought them back in 1988, about 700 years ago. Their mission was to ensure the bond between the two artists in the Wyld Stallyns band, which would become the core of future music development. Throughout the journey, the pair discovered a series of fascinating and mysterious historical events.
Interwoven in the movie is a series of amusing details, especially the charming acting as high school boys of Keanu Reeves and his co-star. The film delved into the adventure but still made viewers emotionally touched by deep moments of friendship and family.
3. Point Break
"Point Break" is an American action film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, released in 1991. In addition to young star Keanu Reeves, the work also featured Patrick Swayze and Gary Busey. "Point Break" followed Keanu Reeves' character as an undercover cop assigned to investigate and discover the identity of a high-level bank robbery.
The Canadian actor's charming look and masculine acting style as well as thrilling action scenes were much appreciated by audiences. In particular, the film was considered a "scorching" phenomenon in the summer with the participation of many hot girls.
The development of "Point Break" began in 1986, written by writer W. Peter Iliff. The film crew started shooting and carried out post-production work for 4 years before its release with a budget of up to 24 million USD. It is known that the whole plot was the inspiration of the blockbuster "Fast & Furious".
2. The Matrix
"The Matrix" is an American sci-fi and action film directed by Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski. The film released in 1999 by Warner Bros. was also the cinematic work that initiated the trend of using bullet time image effects, allowing viewers to witness an action scene at slow speed. This technique also helps viewers to enjoy every small movement in the scene.
The film was a futuristic journey of the future world, following programmer and hacker Neo (Keanu Reeves), who was always skeptical and had an unusual feeling about the real world. In one incident, a man who called himself Morpheus came to find him. This man told him that the world people consider to be real was just an simulator program for machines to govern people. There, only one person could break the Matrix. The last remaining survivors and the Matrix agents all went to find that person. And that person was Neo.
Throughout the film were very unique futuristic scenes and details. "The Matrix" brought a new wind to a future world that had never been so clearly visualized throughout movies back then. In addition, viewers also caught up in the mystical and dark colors of the underworld with a lot of deadly pitfalls.
"Speed" is an American action movie released in 1994. This was the first work of director Jan de Bont. The film followed a local policeman trying to rescue civilians on a bus rigged with a bomb, which would explode and burn all passengers alive if it moved at a speed of under 50 mph.
In the movie, Keanu Reeves played the leading role alongside action star Sandra Bullock. Viewer could hardly take their eyes off the movie with thrilling action scenes and time pressure. The combination of the two actors and countless action scenes like racing, chasing the bus, clinging to helicopters... created a fever of action movies in the 90s.
In addition to Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, "Speed" also featured Dennis Hopper, Joe Morton, Alan Ruck and Jeff Daniels. The film was so commercially successful when it grossed over 350 million USD while the budget was only $ 30 million. The work also won many major awards, including two Oscars.
By: Emma Chavez