Film - Keanu Reeves Top 10

Keanu Reeves

After a random chat Steve Taylor-Bryant takes on the Top 10 challenge for Keanu Reeves...

I love Twitter conversation. I have some interesting, intelligent, and passionate friends in the social networking community that also love a good debate. Just last week we somehow managed to get from defence of Torchwood: Miracle Day, through Tom Cruise never having done a bad film (alright, that's my opinion and I'll explain in another article), and onto our favourite Keanu Reeves films. Easy peasy lemon squeezy you're all thinking, but no. It really isn't.

Keanu is a likeable dude, he always comes across as a passionate supporter of the arts and a friend to all know him. He does rather suffer the same fate of Jack Nicholson though in that Keanu always seems to play Keanu. I love many of his 80 some projects but as soon as he speaks you know it's a Keanu flick in the same way you see wide eyed madness and know Nicholson is coming up with another Nicholson moment. When it comes to a star having this problem, if it even is a problem, you have to start looking at what they accomplish when their mouth opens rather than just sit back and relax as Keanu plays Keanu again. There are some atrocious films in his back catalogue that maybe weren't all his fault but you can't help but wish for someone else to have been cast - The Day the Earth Stood Still is a great example. However there is some classics in his past that you just can't see anyone else playing and that's the films I'm going to concentrate on as I try and narrow down 80 into a Top 5 (ish, okay 10).

Keanu Reeves films make box office, some unexpectedly and some predictably, but I don't always judge money taken as a level for good films I mean Michael Bay films make money and Dredd didn't so whilst there may be some stonking good earners in the list I hope some of my favourites that didn't manage huge returns also please his fans and maybe get a few of you to revisit his celluloid offerings. It should also be known that at the time of writing this that I have not yet seen John Wick or Knock Knock and I'm also hoping to show there is more to Keanu than Bill and Ted air guitar and surfer speak.

10. The Gift

The Gift

“I'm guilty of cheating on my wife, of being a bad husband, a bad Christian. But I ain't guilty of killing Jessica. I swear to God.”

A woman with extrasensory perception is asked to help find a young woman who has disappeared.

9. Feeling Minnesota

Feeling Minnesota

“You ate my ear. You killed your wife. You framed me for it. And you're mad at me because I lied?”

An ex-convict and his bumbling crook brother fight for the same woman.

8. Johnny Mnemonic

Johnny Mnemonic

“Listen. You listen to me. You see that city over there? THAT'S where I'm supposed to be. Not down here with the dogs, and the garbage, and the fucking last month's newspapers blowing *back* and *forth*. I've had it with them, I've had it with you, I've had it with ALL THIS - *I want ROOM SERVICE*! I want the club sandwich, I want the cold Mexican beer, I want a $10,000-a-night hooker! I want my shirts laundered... like they do... at the Imperial Hotel... in Tokyo.”

A data courier, literally carrying a data package inside his head, must deliver it before he dies from the burden or is killed by the Yakuza.

7. A Scanner Darkly

A Scanner Darkly

“The pain, so unexpected and undeserved had for some reason cleared away the cobwebs. I realized I didn't hate the cabinet door, I hated my life... My house, my family, my backyard, my power mower. Nothing would ever change; nothing new could ever be expected. It had to end, and it did. now in the dark world where I dwell, ugly things, and surprising things, and sometimes little wondrous things, spill out in me constantly, and I can count on nothing.”

An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.

6. Devil’s Advocate

Devil's Advocate

“I'm the hand up Mona Lisa's skirt. I'm a surprise, Kevin. They don't see me coming: that's what you're missing.”

An exceptionally adept Florida lawyer is offered a job to work in New York City for a high-end law firm with a high-end boss - the biggest opportunity of his career to date.

5. The Watcher

The Watcher

“Why did you turn away from me? Why was it so hard for you to accept? Cos you know I did it for you. You came so close to me that night. I remember clearly what I felt when I heard your footsteps falling behind me. Pride. I thought it would keep us together forever. For me it was our finest moment. I can still see the flames.”

A detective tracking a serial killer gives up all hope of solving the crimes and moves to another city. After he's settled in the old acquaintance he makes himself known. The serial killer has resurrected and resumes sending him pictures of his next victim.

4. The Replacements

The Replacements

“Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory... lasts forever.”

A comedy based on the 1987 professional football players' strike. Gene Hackman plays the coach of the team, Jack Warden is the owner, Brett Cullen is the All-Pro quarterback that goes on strike and Keanu Reeves is the "scab" who replaces the star QB.

3. Point break

Point Break

“Wars of religion always make me laugh because basically you're fighting over who has the best imaginary friend.”

In the coastal town of Los Angeles, a gang of bank robbers call themselves the ex-presidents. commit their crimes while wearing masks of ex-presidents Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson. The F.B.I. believes that the members of the gang could be surfers and send young agent Johnny Utah undercover at the beach to mix with the surfers and gather information. Utah meets surfer Bodhi and gets drawn into the lifestyle of his new friend.

2. The Matrix

The Matrix

“I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You're a plague and we are the cure.”

Thomas A. Anderson is a man living two lives. By day he is an average computer programmer and by night a hacker known as Neo. Neo has always questioned his reality, but the truth is far beyond his imagination. Neo finds himself targeted by the police when he is contacted by Morpheus, a legendary computer hacker branded a terrorist by the government. Morpheus awakens Neo to the real world, a ravaged wasteland where most of humanity have been captured by a race of machines that live off of the humans' body heat and electrochemical energy and who imprison their minds within an artificial reality known as the Matrix. As a rebel against the machines, Neo must return to the Matrix and confront the agents: super-powerful computer programs devoted to snuffing out Neo and the entire human rebellion.

1. My own private Idaho

My Own Private Idaho

“Why, you wouldn't even look at a clock unless hours were lines of coke, dials looked like the signs of gay bars, or time itself was a fair hustler in black leather.”

Surreal character study focusing on the friendship between two male hustlers, Mike and Scott, in Portland, Oregon. They live on the streets, do drugs, and sell themselves to men and women. Mike is quiet, gay and suffers from narcolepsy. Abandoned as a child, he is obsessed with finding his long-lost mother. Scott is the rebellious son of a high-ranking family, who lives this life mostly to embarrass his father. Mike is in love with Scott, who still maintains he is straight and insists that his wild lifestyle on the streets is only temporary. Together, they embark on a quest to find Mike's mother, traveling from Portland to Idaho to Italy, with Scott picking up a beautiful girl along the way.

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