By Arlett Ramirez
Assistant Web Content Manager
Keanu Reeves saw a resurgence in his career last year. He starred and/or cameoed in three popular movies that viewers couldn’t help but praise his performance. This renewed admiration for Reeves prompted Warner Bros. studio to order a fourth film in the “Matrix” franchise with Reeves returning as Neo. However, in the mid-1990s to early 2000s Reeves was the biggest box office draw.
Since we’re in quarantine, I thought this would be the perfect time to share my favorite Reeves’ movie roles for you to watch and fall in love with Reeves as well. Plus, I’m trying to watch all his filmography so here’s just a tiny slice.
“Always Be My Maybe” (2019)
When I first watched this film, I had no idea that Reeves was in it. So, when he made his grand entrance (and I do mean grand entrance) I literally screamed and LOLed. Just take a look at the clip below, to know what I’m talking about.
In this movie, he plays himself as a celebrity love interest. Every time he’s on the screen you can’t help but smile or laugh. He just steals the scene. I also learned that Reeves signed onto the movie to pay homage to his Asian heritage since the film has Asian-American leads and focuses on Asian culture. “Always Be My Maybe” is available on Netflix.
I watched this film last summer and it quickly became one of my favorite films of his. Reeves plays Johnny Utah, an undercover FBI agent investigating a group of bank robbers, and forms a complex relationship with the group’s leader who is played by Patrick Swayze.
This is the film that helped Reeves become an action star. Before this film, most knew him from the “Bill and Ted” franchise. Reeve’s portrayal as Utah is transformative. I don’t want to ruin the film, so I strongly suggest watching Keanu surf and skydive. All I’m going to say is that Keanu did that! “Point Break” is available on Hulu.
One of the best films ever! If you haven’t watched “The Matrix,” do it right now. You’re seriously missing out on a great film. The Matrix is a revolutionary movie, not just for its visuals, but with a plot that seems to be a cautionary tale of the dangers of artificial intelligence.
Reeves stars as the protagonist Neo/Thomas Anderson, a hacker who is trapped (later freed) in a simulated reality created by AI to distract humans while using their bodies as an energy source.
I watched “The Matrix” last summer and now it’s a film I can watch any time and any day. Reeves’ broke bones during filming and learned extensive martial arts for choreographed fights. Just last year, it was announced that a fourth “Matrix” film will be released in 2021, proving that Reeves’ still has the star power.
For those who didn’t grow up watching Reeves in “The Matrix” they’ve come to know Reeves as John Wick a man searching for the men who broke into his home, stole his vintage car and killed his puppy which was a last gift from his recently deceased wife.
This movie has everything. It has a hitman/assassin, mob boss, two loveable and adorable pups, plus a star-studded cast consisting of Wilem Dafoe, Alfie Allen and Ian McShane. Just like “The Matrix,” this film has some amazing fight choreography that Reeves has become known for. The “John Wick” franchise can be found on HBO.
This filmed helped the year 1994 become known as the year with the best movies. It also helped Sandra Bullock (in her breakout role) become a household name. Reeves plays an LAPD SWAT officer named Jack Traven who is chasing a mad bomber. The bomber rigs a bus to explode if it ever drops below 50 mph.
It’s another one of Reeves’ beloved films and known as a 90s hit movie. This was pre-Matrix and cemented Reeves as a Hollywood action star.
Reeves has become one of Hollywood’s most well-known actors. His movie lines can be quoted with ease. This quarantine take some time to watch some of these movies. You’ve got the time!
Featured image by Arlett Ramirez.