The latest installment of the John Wick franchise takes off on Friday. This fourth chapter promises to be the longest and likely most violent. But the John Wick franchise isn’t the only action work for Reeves. For this week’s Binge, I’m taking a look at some other Keanu Reeves action films.
Point Break (1991)
About: Here, Reeves plays Johnny Utah, an undercover agent that infiltrates a group of surfing bank robbers. This is one of his first iconic roles and still one of his most fun. He’s great opposite Patrick Swayze here.
About: Another cop role for Reeves here, as he plays Jack Traven, a bomb specialist who is on a bus that has to keep going fast to avoid blowing up. He has great back-and-forth with Sandra Bullock here and Dennis Hopper makes for a fun bad guy. I really enjoy this film and I enjoy Reeves in the role.
The Matrix (1999)
About: This is probably Reeves’ most iconic role. Here, he plays Neo, the One, in the Wachowskis film franchise. It spawned four films and Reeves is great in all of them, but this is inarguably the best and was one of the most creative films I’d ever seen when it came out.
About: No filmography these days seems complete without a superhero role. This is Reeves bite at the D.C. apple as John Constantine, an exorcist and demon hunter. This had some creative visuals and is an interesting property, even though I didn’t love the film. It’s got a dedicated legion of fans.
47 Ronin (2013)
About: A year before John Wick, Reeves played a different kind of killer on a mission as a Samurai seeking revenge in this one. The body count is plenty high as are the action sequences. Again, not my favorite film but if John Wick is your jam, you’ll likely be pumped to see this one.
Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.
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