Keanu Reeves picks up his supremely efficient hitman immediately where the 2015 original left him: regrouping with his new, as-yet-unnamed dog after taking down the New York mob that he used to work for. Director Chad Stahelski and writer Derek Kolstad have created another unusually satisfying action thriller, with sharply developed characters and a plot that holds more water than most of these kinds of movies. Obviously, it can't be as fresh as the first film, but it's thoroughly entertaining.
Reeves' John still just wants to be left alone, but after taking care of one loose end, he is contacted by Italian mafioso Santino (Riccardo Scamarcio), who calls in a blood oath. Unable to refuse, John heads to Rome to carry out a hit he knows will make his life exponentially more precarious, especially as it puts him into conflict with his old friend Cassian (Common). Sure enough, he now has an army of goons chasing him, led by mute thug Ares (Ruby Rose). So he returns to New York and gets in contact with an underground guru (Laurence Fishburne) who might be able to offer some respite from the hordes trying to kill him. And manager Winston (Ian McShane) is also willing to help John, as long as he abides by the rules of the criminal underworld.
The film is another superb mix of cool imagery and coherent action that moves briskly from one brutal encounter to the next. Vicious gunfights and car chases abound in this movie, and all are staged with bracing energy and a heightened sense of realism. Through all of this, Reeves maintains a sense of weary dignity in finely tailored suits that are refreshed after each messy encounter. How he keeps walking and fighting after each bruising fight is another question.
Continue reading: John Wick: Chapter 2 Review
In 2014, Keanu Reeves' action thriller John Wick was a surprise hit.
The original John Wick movie caught the attention both of audience and critics, so a sequel was soon on the cards, and Reeves was happy to dive back in for Chapter 2.
"When we last left John Wick," he says, "he was going off into the sunset - the moonset - with his dog. John Wick Chapter 2 takes place maybe five days after that. Now John is on a mission to reclaim his life. To me, it's about John Wick fighting for John."
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Reeves stars as the legendary hitman in 'John Wick: Chapter 2'.
Keanu Reeves is back as ex-hitman John Wick in the sequel to the 2014 box office smash and he couldn’t be happier.
John Wick: Chapter 2 sees Reeves’ character back out of retirement and on the run, after a bounty is placed on his head. For Reeves, getting to play Wick one more time was a ‘pleasure’ and left him feeling lucky to go to work every day.
Keanu Reeves is back as John Wick in John Wick: Chapter 2
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John Wick returns for round two some time after being forced back into the criminal life he was so determined to abandon. He's still one of the greatest assassins of all his outlaw peers, and this time - with a bounty on his life - he's taking down every single armed crook that gets in his way and threatens to destroy him.
Keanu Reeves, along with director Chad Stahelski and stunt double Jackson Spidell, recently opened up about the intricacies of the action in the second installment in a short featurette, explaining how the actor got back into the fighting, the weapons training and the crazy driving. It's a mixture of different arts, and something that producers have dubbed 'gun-fu'.
'John Wick Chapter 2' arrives in theatres on February 10th 2017.
Former hitman John Wick is in Rome following events in the first movie where he sought bloody revenge on the man who killed his dog and stole his car. He's still bereaved from the death of his wife Helen (who died before events in the first film) but he has at least got himself a new puppy. While it can be argued that his revenge massacre doesn't necessarily mean he's back in the game even if it did find him in the company of his former associates, this time his vow of retirement is broken for sure. An old friend is trying to takeover over a nefarious group of international assassins, and he is forced to join him because of the blood oath he made many years ago. This is not the kind of job you can quit easily.
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Mike Lassiter finds himself being put on trial for the murder of his father. The Lassiter's are a rich family and Mike lives with his mother Loretta and father Boone. The body of Boone is found with a knife still in the fatal stab wound that killed him, Mike's fingerprints are on the weapon and when he is interviewed by the police he admits to stabbing his father.
With an incredible amount of evidence, the police arrest and charge the teenager with the murder of his father. Mike's mum, Loretta, recruits her attorney friend Richard Ramsay to defend her son and as Richard begins to develop his case more and more facts come to light about that night and Boone Lassiter.
It's uncovered that Boone is a vicious man who could be 'exceptionally cruel' and Mike witnessed events of abuse carried out on Loretta by his father - he'd even threaten his son. As the case proceeds, Richard asks another attorney to come on board and help keep Mike out of prison. Janelle is a young yet enthusiastic lawyer who believes that Mike is protecting his mother from the crime that she committed. It's possible either of the two family members could've killed Boone and what starts out to be a clean cut case for the prosecution soon becomes more convoluted.
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Has Keanu come to save the day after the EU Referendum?
Actor Keanu Reeves unexpectedly turned up at Portcullis House on Tuesday (June 28) leaving us all to wonder if he’d come to save the country after Brexit. The actor posed for selfies with MPs during his visit, while Twitter rolled out every Matrix-related Brexit gag you could possibly think of.
Keanu Reeves - CinemaCon Bi Screen Achievement Awards held at Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nv on April 14, 2016 at Caesars Palace - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Thursday 14th April 2016
Keanu Reeves - Premiere of Lionsgate's 'Knock Knock' at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood - Arrivals at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 7th October 2015
Despite a relatively small output, the Wachowski Brother's have made a profound impact on Hollywood. Here are their film listed from critically impeccable hits to flaccid failures.
Press shy and intentionally low-profile, the Wachowski brothers (now brother and sister) occupy a rare position in Hollywood of being household names, responsible for some truly awe-inspiring works of cinematic innovation that have enamoured critics and audiences alike. Yet, unlike directors of a similar calibre and position in pop culture- Tarantino and JJ Abrams for instance, they allow their films to speak for themselves, eschewing the usual directorial promotional tropes and refusing interviews.
Andy and Lana Wachowski rarely appear in public and never commit to promoting their films.
They are so ardent to withhold anonymity in favour of greater artistic candour that it is reportedly highlighted in the Wachowski’s contracts that they will remain unburdened by arduous press commitments. Despite this, the pair are amongst the biggest names in Hollywood, thanks mainly to the Matrix trilogy, which revolutionized the cinematic experience. A Wachowski Bros. picture is synonymous with outstanding cinematography, multi-dimensional plots and a visual feast that is never short of the spectacular. Positing a triple threat of sorts, the Andy and Lana have proven their ability to not only direct a picture, but also to produce and pen truly original and brilliant screenplays in their own right.
Continue reading: The Movies Of The Wachowski's: From Best To Worst
A remake of Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 'Point Break' is in the works. What do we know so far?
So, it looks like the Point Break remake is set for release in August 2015. Directed by Ericson Core, whose only other big directing job was 2006’s Invincible starring Mark Wahlberg, the new script has been written by Total Recall remake co-writer Kurt Wimmer. There's a whole lot of action movie experience going on there, which is a promising start. Core was also the director of photography for The Fast and the Furious way back in 2001, so we've got faith his visuals will be pretty impressive - that's for sure.
The 2015 remake is pegged to be an unofficial reboot of The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 film of the same name, which starred Keanu Reeves as an ex-quarterback-turned-FBI-agent and Patrick Swayze as a system fighting surfer. After it's suspected that a gang of bank robbers, nicknamed 'The Ex-Presidents,' are potentially a group of surfers, Agent Utah is sent in to infiltrate their group.
Continue reading: 'Point Break' Remake: What We Know So Far
Ramirez takes on the role a year after Butler exited
The ‘Point Break’ remake finally has its Bohdi as Edgar Ramirez takes over the role from Gerard Butler. The film, which will retain the original story of an FBI agent infiltrating a ring of criminals but will be set in the world of extreme sports, is set for release on August 7 2015.
Edgar Ramirez kisses his ALMA award
Variety had the scoop, writing: “Alcon has been looking for someone to take over the role of Bodhi — played by Patrick Swayze in the ’1991 original — after Butler exited the project over a scheduling conflict, and looks to have found his successor in the “Carlos” star.”
Continue reading: Edgar Ramirez Replacing Gerard Butler In 'Point Break' Reboot
Most of us know that Zooey Deschanel and Jared Leto are pretty musical, but there's a bunch of other celebs who also have musical skills on the side!
Those celebs are a talented bunch, sometimes even more than they let on! Lots of them are also skilled musicians on top their acting and directing day jobs. We bet you’ll never believe that some of these famous people have the time to play an instrument on top of all the other projects they’re always involved with.
Clint Eastwood made his name as an actor in movies about the Old West, before going on to become one of the most renowned directors in the movie biz. However, we bet you didn’t know that he’s also a skilled composer and has composed the film scores to accompany a selection of the movies he has directed, including Million Dollar Baby and Mystic River.
Clint Eastwood often composes the scores to his movies
Continue reading: 10 Actors Who Are Also Talented Musicians (Hint: Not Just Jared Leto!)
Hill was paid $60,000 for his role in 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' but he isn't alone in taking one in the wallet for the sake of art
Jonah Hill has made headlines recently after it was revealed he was paid just $60,000 for his Oscar-nominated role in The Wolf of Wall Street. Now, $60,000 is a lot of money to a lot of people, but in the world of Hollywood actors and their big pay cheques, Hill was paid pitance for his work. Still, he is not the only one to take a pay cut for the sake of the project paying them.
Jonah Hill is apparently nothing like his character in Donnie Azoff
Hill decided to take a pay cut, from the usual 6-7 figure digit he tends to receive, because he was so determined to get the part of Donnie Azoff so he could work with the director of the project, Martin Scorsese. By putting his dreams first and his bank account last, Hill has received his second Oscar nomination to date and has been roundly praised by critics for his role. What's more , Hill isn't alone in taking one for the team and opting out of a big pay cheque for the sake of the project he's appearing in.
Keanu Reeves talks about his character Kai in the Japanese film '47 Ronin' and his experiences on set in a press junket interview.
'Being raised by the Tengu he learns some martial techniques', Keanu says of Kai. 'He can fight a certain way, he can see witchcraft, he has this connection to nature and in certain moments he can do this kind of. movement passing through space at an accelerated rate.' On performing some of the physical stunt work on set, Keanu admits he had much fun. 'In '47 Ronin' I had a chance to do some sword-fighting, Japanese long-sword, which was a lot of fun. I got to work with Hiroyuki Sanada who is a great swordsman and a great actor.'
In light of Fast & Furious' new release dates, we take a look at the box office landscape for 2015.
Yesterday the release date for Fast & Furious 7 was announced for April 2015. As predicted, this allows for some production delays and for the cast and crew to have a mental health break following Paul Walker’s death.
It also means that the film will be pitched against a different set of competitors, which might affect the franchise’s profits. In July 2014, the main competitor to our favorite fast-cars-no-plot franchise would have been Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Vin Diesel broke the news via Facebook yesterday.
'47 Ronin' has been panned before its Christmas Day release.
As the world's movie theaters prepare to load up the 47 Ronin reels from Christmas Day this year, there seems to be a real concern in the air over whether there'll be any audience to show it to. Keanu Reeves, of The Matrix fame, takes on another action role in director Carl Rinsch's new action drama.
Reeves plays Kai, a half-English, half-Japanese outsider who is beaten and sold into slavery. Kai joins a small group of Japanese samurai warriors. The group are exiled after the dishonourable death of their leader and Kai is enlisted into the "47 Ronin," an elite group of fighters who vow to seek revenge against the army that has killed their master.
Keanu Reeves takes on witches, trolls, giant snakes and other fiends in the '47 Ronin' new trailer.
Keanu Reeves plays an outcast in the fictional retelling of the forty-seven ronin, and while it looks a lot more promising than his other recent movies, could it be the one to save his career?
Keanu Reeves in '47 Ronin'
So, he's not exactly been rolling in the glory in recent years with 2012 seeing him star in major commercial and critical flop (an understatement) Generation Um and this year in the China based film Man of Tai Chi which was also his directorial debut and fared a lot better considering it was his first directing stint but still failed to grasp mainstream attention.
Kai is a half-English and half-Japanese outsider who was exiled from his homeland, beaten within an inch of his life and enslaved for his heritage. Now he is stronger; an accomplished fighter with an ability to triumph over even the most formidable of adversaries. He is enlisted by a group of samurai warriors to help them regain their land which has been overrun by an infinite army of demons, witches, monsters and giants who have enslaved their people following the dishonourable death of their leader. The forty-seven ronin vow to avenge their master, sacrificing their own lives to attempt to free their compatriots; though as the land becomes more and more sated with savage beasts and ruthless mystics, Kai is left wondering if this is one battle he can't win.
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Can 47 Ronin be the film that saves Reeves' career?
Finally, the second trailer for 47 Ronin has hit, meaning we can see more of Keanu Reeves in the martial arts epic. But this isn’t your classic, intricately choreographed martial arts flick; there are monsters and dragons in it, too.
Can Reeves haul in the huge audiences required to make Ronin a hit?
The legend of 47 Ronin reads thusly: 47 samurais without a leader (that’s what Ronin means) set out to avenge their death of the man who once led them. The film takes place in a fantasy version of ancient Japan, populated by mystical beasts, a power-hungry witch.
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Kai is an outsider, banished from his home, beaten and forced into slavery for being half-English and half-Japanese. He was among a small group of samurais exiled after the dishonourable death of their leader, and now his suffering has turned him into one of the land's most formidable warriors, able to defeat even the largest of beasts. He is enlisted to be part of an army of forty-seven ronin who vow to seek revenge against the infinite army that has taken over their home and killed their master. However, their plan looks almost impossible as the nation is rapidly becoming overrun with a myriad of colossal shape-shifting monsters with the ability to wipe out the ronin all at once.
'47 Ronin' is a fictional interpretation of the real events that happened in Japan in the 18th century, when a small group of samurais sought to avenge their leader. There have been many variations of the story and it has been described as Japan's National Legend. First time director Carl Rinsch is at the helm of this gripping fantasy war film and it has been written by Chris Morgan ('Fast & Furious', 'Cellular', 'Wanted'), Hossein Amini ('Snow White and the Huntsman', 'The Wings of the Dove', 'Drive') and Walter Hamada in his screenplay debut. It will hit the UK on December 26th 2013.
'47 Ronin' looks to pack a serious punch.
Keanu Reeves has made an explosive return to Hollywood in the action-adventure 47 Ronin, directed by The Gift's Carl Rinsch. The movie follows the story of 47 strong team of fearless samurai who seek vengeance after a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind.
The Poster for '41 Ronin'
Driven from their homes, the samurai seek the help of Kai (Reeves), a half-breed they once rejected, who helps fight across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors.
The glitzy film festival is turning into a hotbed of crime
This year’s Cannes Film Festival is taking the movies a little too far; first we had the jewellery theft – that was right out of a film, then we had the crazed faux gunman, who claimed he had a grenade – that was right out of a film, albeit a comedy, and now we’ve got a Chinese film executive with stolen luggage.
Keanu Reeves in Man of Tai Chi
Granted, the Chinese dude with stolen luggage might not be the most heinous of crimes, but it’s a crime nonetheless. And besides, that film exec probably had loads of really important things in his luggage, like money and phones and photos. China Film Group vice president Zhang Qiang bailed out of his scheduled press conference appearance with Keanu Reeves for Man of Tai Chi – the Matrix star’s first film behind the camera. He did so because of the stolen luggage, having found out his bags had been pilfered from his rented accommodation at Pierre & Vacances Résidence, Cannes Beach. "Security in France is so bad, and the [people] are so arrogant," he posted on Weibo, China's version of Twitter, adding, "This film festival is not worth mentioning!"
Continue reading: Crime Spree Cannes – Yet Another Burglary At Film Festival
Director chosen for Point Break movie
The remake of Kathryn Bigelow’s classic movie Point Break has now got a director on board. According to Empire Online, Alcon Entertainment, who have been developing this one for some years now, have announced that they have Ericson Core on board to direct. Not only does Ericson Core have a superb name, for an action movie director, but he’s got pretty good form too. Rest assured, folks, he wasn’t selected on the basis of his name alone (we can’t actually verify that, we’re just assuming that he wasn’t).
It’s long been known that Kurt Wimmer has written the screenplay for the remake but now they have the man behind The Fast and the Furious, Daredevil and Payback (as cinematographer) on board. He’s also directed episodes of Family Law as well as the Mark Wahlberg-starring Invincible. According to IMDB, Core is currently attached to a project named Fair Trade, though no cast have actually been allocated to that one just yet, the site suggests. It’s likely that Point Break could well become the next project for Core, if Fair Trade isn’t going to fly.
The original Point Break, of course, starred Keanu Reeves as an FBI agent trying to infiltrate Patrick Swayze’s gang of adrenaline-hungry bank robbers. According to Empire, the remake “evolved” from an original plan to create a sequel.
Continue reading: 'Point Break' Remake Seats Ericson Core In Director's Chair
Roger Ebert has died aged 70, just days after announcing his cancer had returned.
Roger Ebert, the esteemed American journalist, movie critic and screenwriter, has died aged 70 after a long battle with cancer. Ebert worked as a critic for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 right up until his death, making him one of the best known film critics in America. He was the first writer of his kind to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism and had his columns syndicated to more than 200 newspapers in the United States and many abroad.
Many will remember Ebert for his barbed war with rival critic Gene Siskel, often verbally sparring whilst discussing films in public. The pair created the trademark 'Two Thumbs Up' when both hosts gave the same film a positive review. As a director, if you had the two thumbs up from either Ebert of Siskel, you were invariably onto a good thing. In 1999, Ebert launched his own annual film festival called Ebertfest and six years later became the first critic to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His colleague Neil Steinberg said Ebert was "was without question the nation's most prominent and influential film critic." A positive review from the Chicago native could boost a movie's box-office takings, though a mauling could ruin everything. Ebert gave out plenty of those during his long and distinguished career, though a few stick out:
Continue reading: Roger Ebert Dies Aged 70: The Five Movies He Hated The Most
Carl Rinsch, the director of 47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves, has been made to relinquish his editing duties following a disagreement regarding some important scenes and budget concerns, reports The Guardian.
Bizarrely, arguably the film’s biggest star – the Matrix actor Reeves – was absent in the climactic scenes of the samurai film, which has meant bad news for the first time director. Rinsch, making his directorial debut away from commercials, is now allowed nowhere near the film’s editing process, due to his decision to omit Reeves. A number of studio-ordered reshoots took place in the UK weeks ago, which now firmly place him at the centre of the action, adding a love scene, close-ups and extra dialogue. The film now finishes with a battle between Reeves' character Kai and a supernatural monster. Given that the majority of the film’s cast are Japanese, U.S audiences would have been confused by the 48-year-olds’ absence.
Budgetary issues also lead to the Hollywood studio Universal back-benching Rinsche, as the film's budget swelled to $225m (£139m) from an original $175m (£108m) although Universal has denied suggestions it will now cost that much. The finishing touches are now being applied by studio co-chair Donna Langley. Interestingly, The Wrap claims Rinsch would have been removed as director of the film prior to the reshoots were it not for a Director's Guild of America rule.
Henry (Reeves) is just drifting through life with his wife Debbie (Greer) when his old school friend Eddie (Stevens) leaves him to take the fall for a bank robbery Henry knew nothing about. His life in prison isn't much worse than outside, and his new friend Max (Caan) makes up for the fact that Debbie runs off with one of the robbers (Hoch). And when he gets out a year or so later, Henry decides that since he's done the time, he might as well do the crime.
Continue reading: Henry's Crime Review
Alcoholic police detective Todd Ludlow (Keanu Reeves) has just finished wrapping up a notorious kidnapping case when Captain Jack Wander (Forest Whittaker) gives him the bad news. His ex-partner Terrence Washington (Terry Crews) is talking to Internal Affairs, and bureau head Captain James Biggs (Hugh Laurie) is looking to take Ludlow down. Before he can intimidate his former friend into not snitching, a pair of gang bangers kill him. Desperate to clear his own name in the death, Ludlow begins to investigate. Soon, he's linking the crime to a couple of local drug dealers who seem incapable of committing the hit. With Wander on his side and Biggs on his back, it will take all the street savvy he has to solve the case -- that is, if someone doesn't try and permanently stop him too.
Continue reading: Street Kings Review
Kevin Kline plays Joey Boca - a guy who runs a pizza parlor in Seattle - as an oversexed, extremely Italian workaholic who is able to explain his chronic infidelity by saying with a straight face, "I'm a man, I got a lotta hormones in my body." It's a clown's performance, a filmmaker doesn't bring Kline in for this sort of role and demand subtlety but rather one that's so over-the-top it achieves a kind of genius that Kline also showcased in his similarly stereotypical role in A Fish Called Wanda (in that one, he played a clown's view of an American abroad, here he's the clowning pizza man, bad accent, bushy mustache and all).
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Pretty badass, right? Definitely. Deep and meaningful? Hardly. This is a violent and apocalyptic story, based loosely on the Hellblazer graphic novels by comic book legend Alan Moore. And much to the relief of comic book fanboys everywhere, this adaptation adheres to the heavy, religious-war foundational spirit of Moore's work.
Continue reading: Constantine Review
The movie begins when a deranged mad bomber, Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper), severs cables to an elevator inside a Los Angeles skyscraper. The bomber demands $3 million ransom or he'll blow the emergency cables. LA Bomb Squad members Jack (Keanu Reeves) and his partner, Harry (Jeff Daniels), must defuse the bomb before Payne blows the cables. This situation alone could provoke a feature length thriller, but it merely serves as the first act for Speed.
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To understand why, let's just dive right in.
Continue reading: The Matrix Revolutions Review
The Replacements is a hokey mistake of a football film, a mishmash collage of one-dimensional characters, rampant stereotypes of cultures and races, cliched emotional statements of purpose, and Keanu Reeves wishing for The Matrix sequel to start principal photography. The story is loosely based around the pro football players' strike in 1987 and a rag-tag team of replacement football players taking up the reins of professional play for a variety of teams with names like the Washington Sentinels. Keanu Reeves stars as Shane Falco, a has-been football college player looking for redemption. Gene Hackman dons a fedora like Tom Landry and speaks with gusto like a certain coach in Hoosiers.
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The latest from Sam Raimi (For Love of the Game) is a muddled thriller, filled with tired clichés and some of the worst casting in years. Raimi, along with screenwriters Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson, try so hard to create a "serious" psychic chiller that the film is practically drained of any excitement.
Continue reading: The Gift (2000) Review
The Matrix Revisited is now on hand to tell anyone who cares to listen and learn about the most minute facets of the making of The Matrix, exploring everything from the studio's early nervousness to fight training to storyboards to wardrobe to the pioneering and widely-copied "bullet time" camera trick. While you've seen a lot of these before on endless behind-the-scenes documentaries. (In fact, you've seen some of this on the original Matrix DVD, which some correctly feel is robbing us, at least a little, by not simply including this documentary with it in the first place.)
Continue reading: The Matrix Revisited Review
About half way through "The Matrix," the ostensibly intellectualand certainly expensive virtual reality sci-fi thriller starring KeanuReeves as a genius hacker, the movie turns suddenly simple, as if a WarnerBros. exec showed up on the set and said "I don't get it. You're gonnahave to dumb this down for me."
The writing-directing team of brothers Larry and Andy Wachowskicomplied, and once the movie peels away the mystery of the world in whichit takes place -- which happens about 40 minutes into the story -- it becomeslittle more than wildly over-produced string of action sequences, pausingonly for the obligatory smarmy remarks made between barrages of fancy weaponsfire.
Continue reading: Matrix Review
Here's your review of "The Matrix Reloaded" in a nutshell: One incredibly cool, gravity-defying, CGI-aided, swirling-camera kung-fu melee; one jaw-dropping, 100-mph, against-traffic freeway chase; and way, way too much long-winded, expository, circular, self-important, pseudo-philosophical yappity-yappity-yap.
Writing-directing brothers Larry and Andy Wachowski saddle their cast with endless equivocal prattle while toiling to buttress the complex plot and metaphysical undertone of this picture's uber-stylish 1999 predecessor, which saw what we think is the real world exposed as an elaborate virtual reality prison for the minds of all humanity. Mankind's suspended bodies provide a power source for a race of machines, which a small band of escapees are hoping to destroy in the post-apocalyptic world outside the Matrix.
"We can never see past the choices we don't understand," sage but elusive cyber-prophet The Oracle (Gloria Foster) preaches cryptically to Neo (Keanu Reeves), the cyber-Messianic hero whose realization that physical laws don't apply in the Matrix led to the first film's groundbreaking wire-work martial arts fights and bullet-dodging slow-mo stunts.
Continue reading: The Matrix Reloaded Review
While blessed with entertaining performances and uncommon earnestness (for a Hollywood movie) about the tribulations of middle-aged romance, there's something a little too artificial about "Something's Gotta Give."
Taking place largely in a Hamptons beach house (that is quite obviously a soundstage) where a divorcee playwright (Diane Keaton) has been duped into acting as nurse to an aging playboy (Jack Nicholson) after he's had a heart attack while fooling around with her flighty daughter (Amanda Peet), the film's snappy sense of humor is all too often undercut by affected romantic chemistry and by the overuse of facile cinematic conventions, like musical montages of characters laughing, talking and drinking wine while the camera circles them in the candlelight.
As written and directed by Nancy Meyers ("What Women Want," "The Parent Trap" remake), the unlikely love story that forms between Nicholson (who prefers "the complete, uncomplicated satisfaction of the younger woman") and Keaton (who has been adjusting to independence and getting over old-fashioned notions of spinsterhood) is a source of sophisticated laughs -- with the occasional low-brow guffaw thrown in for good measure (say, Nicholson's posterior peeking out of a hospital gown).
Continue reading: Something's Gotta Give Review
The eye-popping, heart-stopping last hour and a half of "The Matrix Revolutions" more than makes up for everything plodding and ponderous that has taken place since the mind-blowing first hour of the 1999 original.
Astonishing in scale and momentous in scope, it encompasses a spectacular battle between the scrappy, out-numbered but heavily armed defenders of Zion (humanity's last refugee city hidden deep beneath the Earth's scorched surface) and a million-strong swarm of enemy sentinels (those frightening, giant squid-shaped robots) invading from the machine-ruled surface world.
But the monstrous melee may be for naught if uber-human messiah Neo (Keanu Reeves) cannot defeat the invincibly evil, incalculably self-replicating rogue computer program known as Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) in a simultaneous, nuclear-strength airborne-kung-fu showdown inside what's left of the crumbling Matrix (that virtual world pulled over the eyes of the comatose majority of mankind kept in stasis by the machines who feed off our life-force).
Continue reading: The Matrix Revolutions Review
Bisexual Scottish actor, Alan Cumming was recently made aware of the rumour that he and Keanu Reeves had secretly been married to each other - despite neither of them ever meeting!
Alan Cumming, the Scottish actor known for 'Goldeneye' and 'Spy Kids', was recently confused by the knowledge that he and Keanu Reeves were married. The bisexual actor was astonished by the news in 2004, mostly due to the fact that he had never met the 'Matrix' star.
In a recent interview, Cumming stated "Someone had sent me this thing from this website and it said I had got married to Keanu. We got married in a secret ceremony, I wept throughout the entire thing, he was very butch about it all and Melissa Etheridge was there and she hummed one of her songs whilst we were getting married. Can't remember, but some other gay people were there."
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