Keanu Reeves turns 58 |  10 BEST Films by the Lebanese actor who conquered Hollywood

Keanu Charles Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon, the son of a future costume designer (at the time he met Keanu’s father she was a dancer) and a geologist. Reeves moved to many places throughout his life. Once, Keanu’s mother took the family to Australia and then to New York, there his mother remarried and the family moved to Toronto.

During high school he had been a promising hockey goalie. His nickname at the time was ‘The Wall’. Keanu dreamed of becoming a successful player and thus making it to the Olympics for the Canada national team, but an injury ended his hopes for a successful career in the sport.

Somehow frustrated, he packed his bags and arrived in Hollywood in the mid-1980s to try his hand at acting. Between one appearance and another, a great opportunity arose in a film that would be among his biggest hits: Bill and Ted. From this lightning success, he never ran away from film-oriented productions, so he had the chance to work with great directors, such as: Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola, Gus Van Sant and Kenneth Branagh, thus gradually consolidating himself as one of the great names of world cinema. Keanu still has qualities that are rare, very dear to fans mainly for his respect for others and his simplicity.

Below, we list ten unmissable films by this genius artist, who turns 58 this September 2, 2022:

One of those films to be marked in the memory of cinephiles with very interesting, exciting scenes and with a spectacular/unforgettable ending. in the plot, Keanu Reeves plays a rookie police officer working an undercover operation to try to apprehend dangerous masked bank robbers. The trio: Kathryn Bigelow (the first Oscar-winning female director in history), Patrick Swayze and Reeves are really good.

Program boys (1991)

One of the great drama films of Reeves’ career, where he worked alongside his friend River Phoenix. In this production he had the chance to work with one of the most famous directors of all time, Gus Van Sant. In the plot, we see two young call boys who make a living on the streets of Portland between drugs and prostitution until something changes in their lives from a situation.

One of the best known films of the Brazilian public starring our honoree. Directed by filmmaker Jan de Bont, Top Speed shows impressive chemistry between Reeves and Sandra Bullock. In this very well-directed action plot, the actor takes on the role of a police officer who needs to stop a dangerous terrorist, played by the great Dennis Hooper. Undoubtedly one of the star’s greatest films.

In this intense suspenseful feature film, with a very interesting cast by its side (Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Connie Nielsen…), Reeves plays a successful lawyer who, upon moving to New York, begins to be disturbed by unexpected appearances. A movie that the crowd loves or hates, but no one denies the quality in the scene of so many Hollywood stars together.

One of the biggest hits of ‘nerd cinema’, directed by lilly and Lana Wachowski, Matrix is a major milestone in the history of cinema and automatically in the career of Keanu Reeves, who plays the unforgettable protagonist: Neo. A feature film that, when understood, is loved by the viewer. A very interesting experience that was very cool seen on the big screens of cinemas around the world.

John Wick – Back in the Game (2014)

There is only one time when it is essential to wake up. That time is now! Marking the filmmakers’ debut Chad Stahelski and David Leitch as principal directors of a feature film, John Wick – Back in the Game it is an honest film in what it sets out to be: to be an action film with great sequences having considerable coverage of clichés. To assume the role of the insurmountable protagonist, the ancient Neo was called, Keanu Reeves, which fit the paper like a glove. The opener of one of the most successful action franchises of recent times.

Family problems have no address, the eternal Ferris wheel of education. In the late 1980s, it hit theaters The Shot That Didn’t Backfiredirected by Ron Howard, a comedy-drama that shows a complicated family arrangement with different types of upbringings. X-raying a family with the most diverse crises, the duo’s brilliant script Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel It makes us reflect all the time. The actress Dianne Wiest was nominated for an Oscar for this film and Randy Newmanauthor of the soundtrack, competed with the song I Love To See You Smile to the Grammys, the Golden Globes and the Oscars. the cast is great Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest, Rick Moranis, Keanu Reeves, Joaquin Phoenix (in one of his first films), among others.

Sweet November (2001)

In the year 2001, Keanu Reevesbeside Charlize Theronstarred in the sad and quite reflective Sweet November. Directed by Pat O’Connor, the film tells the story of a workaholic publicist who meets a woman who forever changes his way of seeing the world. Hard to hold back crying at the end of the movie!

Bill & Ted: A Fantastic Adventure (1989)

A film that marked the pop culture of the time and an entire generation! Directed by Stephen Herek and with script signed by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon this is the first big hit of Keanu Reeves’ career. Talking about time travel, music and rediscovering (or discovering) world history, the adventure was shown on some channels here in Brazil.

Turning the game (2000)

Directed by filmmaker Howard Deutch and making a box office of more than 50 million dollars around the world, Turning the Game tells the story of an American football team that needs to replace its players due to a strike, so it hires a veteran coach who starts to discover names that really love the sport. In the cast, great names like Gene Hackman, Jon Favreau and Rhys ifans. A curiosity about this production: Keanu Reeves gave up part of his salary on the film so that Gene Hackman could be part of the cast. Holy generosity!

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