You may have begun questioning the opening vignette. Keanu has in fact acted in two major pictures since polishing off the Matrix movies. First, audiences were treated to a wretched Devil’s Advocate wannabe movie entitled Constantine. Albeit far from normal for me to question the logic of a megastar accepting a cheesy role in a film that is an atrociously boring version of the movie that launched his career into full throttle, the motion picture itself is lame, boring and tedious. The only highlight is the introduction of the self-loathing comic abilities of Shia LaBeouf.
Next, we were treated to the epic smash hit The Lake House. What could be hotter than a movie with two aging stars who know absolutely nothing about steamy romance, who refuse to do sex scenes, and who take the worst scripts ever dead seriously? The premise of this film is too hilarious for words. Keanu places a letter in the mailbox of the same Lake House where Sandra is living two years in the future. She somehow instantly receives the letters; they fall in love based on this pathetically flimsy premise and then somehow through this magical time warp, their love affair grows. Ok, this does not even qualify as a chick flick, women and men hate it, and the waste of Keanu’s talent is a shame.
Street Kings is an above average picture. It is another police thriller, but before pre-judging, it is not another LA Confidential rip-off, it is a standalone film with an awesome premise, and an ensemble of actors that is second to none. Forest Whitaker is not billed by the promoters of this film as a lead actor, but his convince ability as a dirty police commander is astounding. He becomes better with each subsequent film.
Keanu plays a somewhat bipolar officer of the infamous LA Vice Squad. One moment he is calm and collected, remorseful the next, then a deadly murderous maniacal killer moments later. Go Keanu! He oozes badass, and portrays a truly unique character. The plot twists are not unexpected for those who always spoil the movie by trying to figure out the ending before it happens. It does not aim to be too clever, but ends up having just the right amount of unsuspected suspense to pull through as a contender for the number one box office spot.
Welcome back to the world of excellence Keanu, too many incredible actors have dove off the deep end and not returned to their original form. You seem to have the drive and ambition to be great again. Here is looking forward to your next films.
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