8 Keanu Reeves Movies That Prepared Him For His John Wick Role

Keanu Reeves has long been a Hollywood celebrity with exceptional skill, but it appears that everything built up to his part in John Wick.   

While Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure appears to be a long cry from John Wick, it was the first film that provided Reeves a significant boost in his career.   

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) 

Reeves' change from kid to man occurred only five years later, when he debuted as Jack Traven in Speed. Here, Reeves takes action and heroism to the next level, as he is an off-duty officer caught in the thick of a hazardous terrorist assault that might murder many innocent people.  

Speed (1994)

The next year, Reeves played a radically different part in the sci-fi action film Johnny Mnemonic. The film was written by William Gibson, the creator of fiction such as Neuromancer and the father of cyberpunk, which would play an important role later in Reeves' career.  

Johnny Mnemonic (1995) 

Continuing the cyberpunk storyline, the Wachowskis' great film, The Matrix, caused major waves when it was released in 1999, raising issues about reality, simulation, and the truth.   

The Matrix (1999) 

Six years later, Reeves would reprise the role of the unwilling hero, but this time with a whole new set of otherworldly adversaries.   

Constantine (2005) 

A few years later, in 2008, Reeves began his villain period, transitioning away from playing action heroes and into morally ambiguous parts.  

Street Kings (2008) 

Reeves took on a part that was clearly adversarial when he played Donaka Mark in the Chinese-American film Man of Tai Chi in 2013.    

Man Of Tai Chi (2013) 

47 Ronin (2013) 

Reeves starred in 47 Ronin the same year, just before John Wick was released. The film portrays Reeves as a hero who works to defend and protect those he cares about from terrible powers.   


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