At the outset, you should know, I’m not going to weigh in on the whole “Keanu Reeves is immortal” debate here. This is purely about his acting prowess.
Not many people may know that Keanu was born in Beirut. But, what’s even more interesting is this Coke commercial he acted in. We bet you can’t recognize him.
While I could go on and on about the person, no one’s interested in that. So instead, I’m going to talk about some of his best movies in Hollywood:
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
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Even though Keanu started acting in 1985, this was his first big break. No one can forget Ted Logan! It sucks that this was the high point of Alex Winter’s acting career but for Keanu, this was only the beginning. A must watch if you haven’t seen it already.
Point Break (1991)
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Let’s just call this the point at which he broke out of the Ted Logan persona. We finally got to see Keanu show off his acting chops. Sharing screen space with Patrick Swayze may not be one of the easiest things to do (unless you’re Baby) but Keanu proved he could hold his own with some of the best at the time. This one even got him an award as the most desirable male by MTV which is quite an achievement when you take into account the fact that Swayze was still mesmerizing everyone with his pottery skills at the time.
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No Keanu Reeves movie list will be complete with this movie. Who thought a movie about a bomb and a bus could achieve so much critical acclaim. 93% on Rotten Tomatoes is no joke!
The Matrix (1999)
Yes, I skipped ‘The Devil’s Advocate’ but who cares because it’s time to talk about what I believe is one of the best action movies of the last century, ‘The Matrix.’ If you saw this movie as a kid, you wanted to be Neo, right? You so desperately wanted to break free from the Matrix. You waited for Morpheus to come and break you out! Those action scenes, that dialogue, those performances are all embedded in my mind even more than the National Anthem. Now, that takes some work.
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Ever since Keanu played John Constantine in this movie, I’ve not been able to imagine anyone else playing the even cooler Dr Strange. Yeah, it might not be the best adaptation in the world, but even Ryan Reynolds needed two different movie franchises to get Deadpool right. So, why shouldn’t Keanu get another chance too? One more thing, Peter Stormare should just be cast as the devil in every movie from now on. He pulls it off beautifully.
John Wick (2014)
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Yes, I skipped through some of his other movies but when you’re talking about action movies, it’s hard to ignore John Wick. He made us all believe in a world run by machines with ‘The Matrix’. But, with ‘John Wick’, he made us believe in something more, he made us believe in well-shot and produced action movies. Considering the number of cuts in most action scenes nowadays, it’s refreshing to see so many single take fight scenes. Also, Keanu put in a lot of hard work preparing for this role. You’ve probably already seen this video of him:
Now, we ask one question, is Keanu the greatest action hero of all time? (As much as everyone will disagree with me when I say this) HELL YES!.