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Few actors have delivered as many box-office hits as Keanu Reeves has over the last 30 years, and few have suffered more as a result of Hollywood studios’ new era of franchise building and risk aversion. The actor known for Bill & Ted, Point Break, Speed, and The Matrix trilogy stars in the upcoming John Wick, which, while filled with action, is yet another independent film. In fact, Reeves hasn’t worked with a major studio since the big-budget martial-arts flick 47 Ronin bombed big time for Universal in 2013 (expensive re-shoots delayed it a year), and before that, he hadn’t worked with a studio since the 2008 Warner Brothers remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Two and a half decades into a storied career of ass-kickery, Keanu Reeves is kicking more ass than ever in John Wick. John Wick is all about sheer, bloody revenge. It should be said that John Wick isn’t entirely crazy.
Methodology: During a scuffle in which both fighters are pulled underwater — with a huge shark swimming nearby, mind you! — Bond forces Kananga to ingest an inflation pellet. Kananga becomes buoyant and begins expanding, eventually rising out of the water like a balloon before finally exploding. Bond’s waterlogged send-off — “He always did have an inflated opinion of himself” — is perfectly dry.
"I lost everything. That dog was a final gift from my dying wife." If you ignore, for a moment, that the fact that the cheeky dialogue for the new Keanu Reeves thrillerJohn Wick sounds like it came from a clichéd country-music song, there’s reason to get excited about this thriller, from stuntman-turned-directorChad Stahelski. This first trailer for Wick is full of tricks: At first, it seems Keanu is just your average cool car-driving, dog-conversing Jersey guy.
For devotees of the Keanu Reeves oeuvre, nothing is more satisfying than seeing the deadpan actor at his most intense and hard-driven. As you can see in the first peek at Reeves in the upcoming film John Wick, his fans should have plenty to celebrate. The film features Reeves as an ex-hitman “out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him,” according to the press notes. The cast also includes Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo and Willem Dafoe.
Some you certainly recognize, like well-known character actors Alan Ruck and Beth Grant, who have starred in everything from de Bont’s Twister and TV’s Spin City to films like A Time to Kill and No Country for Old Men. Others have toiled behind the scenes and remain in comparatively thankless positions in the industry, like Marylou Lim, a set costumer who frequently collaborates with actor Will Ferrell, or 100-year-old Milton Quon, a legendary Disney animator who worked on Fantasia and Dumbo and whose memory is as sharp as ever. It was truly an honor to seek out each of these individuals, who deserve as much credit for the success of the film as superstars Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. When it became an exhausting scavenger hunt, tracing clues to find, say, David Kriegel, who now owns a unique children’s dance studio with his wife in Studio City, or Loretta Jean Crudup, who somehow finds the time to act in Christian plays and write a novel while helping to feed the poor and work for young women down on their luck — the reward was all the more satisfying.