Keeanu Goes Samurai in ’47 Ronin’

Keanu Reeves has done a fantastic job in recreating his Hollywood image. His roles in dude movies such as Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey and Point Break (both 1991) – the latter certainly being a hardcore film but a dude movie nonetheless – stereotyped him as a bit of an airhead, pretty boy with a rad name.

But then came movies such as Speed (1996), The Devil’s Advocate (1997) and the super-awesome, some-what-trippy Matrix trilogy (1999 & 2003) which saw Reeves evolve into a hardcore, world saving, bullet dodging, satan killing hero seeking to crush evil with nothing more than his fists, mind and the odd well placed roundhouse kick to the head and/or torso. This character, in my opinion, reached its peak in Street Kings (2008) where Reeves played the badass-I-couldn’t-give-a-fuck Detective Tom Ludlow hunting down crooked cops in Los Angeles. It seems I was wrong…

Keanu is back in 47 Ronin, a movie about forty-seven Samurai warriors who avenge the death of their master in 18th Century Japan. Yes I have some questions too – most obvious being that Keanu is not Japanese – but who cares? Picture Keanu with a Samurai sword in his hand pulling some ridiculous Neo type stunts and you’ve got a film worth watching.

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