I don’t know what it is with Keanu Reeves, you either love him or well….. not hate, that’s a strong word – really dislike him is probably a better, kinder thing to say. I for one have always liked Keanu since Rivers Edge.
The Speed star makes another return to cinema’s with his latest action thriller John Wick; the tale of a retired hit man who is forced back to what he does for that age old reason; revenge! That and the fact someone puts a contract out on him, so that’s really defense isn’t it.
The film, from Lionsgate, opened across the USA last Friday and garnered the number two position over the weekend, making a cool $14.2 million and managed to rank ahead of Fury, the World War II pic starring Brad Pitt which had opened the weekend before.
The last cinematic outing for Reeves was the disastrous 47 Ronin. Being a fan of the fify year old Canadian actor, I’ve sat through some movies like that one and thought to myself I can see where you thought it was going, but it didn’t.
Directed by former stunt man Chad Stahelski, John Wick stars Reeves as an ex-hitman who comes out of a peaceful retirement to hunt down the gangsters who have taken everything from him. The movie also stars Michael Nyqvist (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), and Willem Dafoe (Spiderman).
Keanu Reeves has had an interesting career with some huge cinematic hits, The Matrix trilogy, which again you either love or …..well….. you don’t get it. After the worldwide success he went on to have so many ups and downs, not only in his career but his personal life as well, with the death of his daughter and soon after his fiancée.Reeves went to ground for a while following the double tragedy as one would expect.
He has spent the last ten years doing some very large scale projects, like 2005 horror-action film, Constantine, and The Lake House, with Sandra Bullock, and both received success at the box office. He went on to play the lead character in two 2008 films, Street Kings and The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Following on from that Reeves took a more art-house bent as well as making his directorial debut in, Man of Tai Chi. The film premiered in 2013 with showings at the Beijing Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival. The work was awarded in Beijing and praised by recognized director of action genre films, John Woo.
In 2011, he returned to other artistic mediums of expression with a turn writing the text for a “grown-up picture book” entitled Ode to Happiness. In 2011, he produced the documentary Side by Side about the supplanting of photo-chemical film by digital camera technology; Reeves interviewed several celebrated directors including James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, and Christopher Nolan.
While John Wick continues to get excellent reviews across the USA, it doesn’t open in the UK until 2015 according to IMDB it does however open in Australia this week, 30th October. View the trailer here
Apart from writing for 4YE, Jacie has her own blog https://thejaciea.wordpress.com/ and is also on twitter @mrsjanderson.
When not fangirling over Marvel, DrWho, Shakespeare,Tom Hiddleston, Richard Armitage, Game of Thrones and a large list of pop culture,Jacie listens to a lot of wide and varied music (preferably on vinyl) and is also currently writing a fiction novel a well as dabbling in FanFiction.
In between all that she finds time to be a mother and the occasional acting gig.