In 1999, Larry and Lana Wachowski unleashed their inventive feature 'The Matrix,' which followed computer programmer Neo (Keanu Reeves) as he learns that reality as we know it is simply a simulated one created by machines to keep humans under control. Neo discovers he is the "Chosen One" destined to lead a rebellion against the machines and free humans from their oppression. The film was wildly successful and spawned two sequels, an animated anthology, and a video game, and made the visionary Wachowskis a household name. Fifteen years later, we revisit the cast of this beloved contemporary sci-fi classic and see what they're up to now.
Released in 1991, 'Point Break' starred Keanu Reeves as Johnny Utah, an FBI agent who infiltrates a crew of surfing bank robbers in an attempt to bust them, but unwittingly bonds with their leader, Bodhi (Patrick Swayze). The classic action flick was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, way back before she directed 'The Hurt Locker' (which earned her an Oscar for Best Director, making her the first woman to win that award) and 'Zero Dark Thirty.' Twenty-three years later, after a remake has been announced with Gerard Butler succeeding Swayze, we take a look back at the cast of this cult favorite and see what they're up to now.
You've surely seen the trailers for '47 Ronin,' which feature Keanu Reeves teaming up with a bunch of masterless samurai to take on a bunch of supernatural threats. If you saw them and wondered what the heck was going on, you're not alone. Story, at least in the marketing for the film, seems to have taken a back seat to CGI beasties. Thankfully, a new animated prequel to the feature film has arrived to give us a glimpse of what everyone is actually up to in this movie.
Keanu Reeves continues his martial arts movie journey in the new '47 Ronin' trailer. After starring in and directing 'Man of Tai Chi,' he's ready for a more "epic" journey, filled with fantastical (and heavily CGI-ed) monsters, a heart-pumping soundtrack and an army of samurai ... 47 to be exact.
Keanu Reeves makes his directorial debut with 'Man of Tai Chi,' a martial arts flick in which he also stars as the enigmatic Donaka Mark, a man who pays the most skilled martial artists from around the world to fight in increasingly dangerous matches against one another for the amusement of rich people. But Reeves isn't the real star of the film -- the honor goes to Tiger Chen, the martial arts coordinator Reeves met on the set of 'The Matrix.' Chen plays a glorified version of himself, a struggling delivery man who practices the art of Tai Chi, but wants to use the zen-like exercise form for fighting. That's when he meets Donaka.
The directorial debut of Keanu Reeves, 'The Man of Tai Chi' seems like it should be a bigger deal. Is it that hard to sell "Neo directs a own kung-fu movie" to audiences? But like so many low budget films these days, it's going to premiere on Video on Demand later this month before getting a cursory theatrical release. You'd think there would be a market for such a film, but perhaps most people would rather watch it at home. Now there's an official trailer for the film's domestic release.
The first trailer for '47 Ronin' left just as many people baffled as excited. After all, this movie looks downright nutty: Keanu Reeves as an inexplicably caucasian samurai leading 46 of his fellow warriors against all kinds of supernatural monsters is not something you get to see at the multiplex every day. While we can scratch our heads and wonder what this movie actually is all day, the new international trailer gets right to the point. Even with a language barrier, it makes it clear that '47 Ronin' is all about the monsters.
When it comes to comic book movie castings, this sort of outrage is nothing new. Just about every announcement comes with some sort of protest, as comic book fans have their own preconceived notions of what the big screen version of their favorite hero or villain should look and sound like.
'47 Ronin' is a movie that has had its fair share of troubles. The film was set for release last November before it was pushed back to February of this year and then again to Christmas Day. In between were rumors that the film was wildly overbudget and its director - Carl Rinsch - was removed from the film. But, all that will be forgotten if '47 Ronin' is actually a good film (see: 'World War Z'). But, is it a good film? Let's watch the trailer and see what we can find out.