You either love him or hate him: Keanu Reeves
has been called anything from "yummalicious" and "OMG!! HOT! HOT! HOT!" to "a talentless, limp little douche of a man with all the charisma of a sack of onions." (Those are all actual quotes, people.)
Bashing (and defending) Keanu Reeve's acting skills is apparently a popular pastime on the internet. The best (or should I say worst) quotes have thankfully been collected here
. On the occasion of his new film's release ("The Day the Earth Stood Still
), Starpulse takes a look back at the best and worst of Keanu's career.
"The Matrix" was simply a revolutionary movie - in more than one way. Story-wise, it was great entertainment as well as an incentive for many a philosophical discussion about what reality is. Technology- wise, its special effects seemed to be light years ahead of all other movies and, let's say, "inspired", a lot of other filmmakers. You could also say they shamelessly stole from "The Matrix".
In the middle of all that, Keanu Reeves is a perfect fit as the unwitting and unwilling hero who in the end outgrows himself.
"Speed" has become a real classic in the action genre. Really Really Evil Guy (Dennis Hopper
) attaches bomb to bus so that bus cannot go slower than.50 mph. Really Really Good Cop (Keanu Reeves
) saves the day and falls in love with Pretty Bus Driver (Sandra Bullock
) along the way. The story says it all. Even after 14 years, still an evening of great, not-too-deep entertainment.
Keanu Reeves is John Constantine, a kind of "demon detective" who struggles to keep the balance between the humans' and the demons' world by sending unwanted creatures back to hell.
Keanu does a good job at portraying the disenchanted, cynical anti-hero; plus, he looks dashingly handsome in the black suit and tie he wears throughout the movie. Also, he has a really cool tattoo on his forearms.
The Devil's Advocate
A young and ambitious lawyer (Keanu) finds himself in a terrible predicament when he realizes his new boss and patron (Al Pacino
) is actually the devil. There's suspense and there's moral dilemmas - just in the perfect ratio.