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We've been horribly misusing Keanu Reeves.

Recently, I watched Man of Tai Chi, Keanu Reeves's directorial debut. It was your standard underground fight club goes bad movie, complete with angry white guy the protagonist has to defeat in the final fight scene. (Very light spoilers ahead.)

But this angry white guy was Keanu Reeves.

Keanu is the highlight of this movie—not because of the choreography, which was solid, or because the movie wants him to be. He's clearly playing the villain's role, and we're clearly supposed to hate him. But the understated emotion that is Keanu explodes in this role. From the first shot, you know he's a white hot ball of rage tamped down by several feet of cold, hard business sense.


This changes everything. What if we had Keanu as Agent Smith? As Dracula? As every villain in the history of movies?

As for the rest of the movie, it's fine. The cinematography is solid, the script is typical, the other actors are alright in their roles (except for the protagonist. He's a putz). For the most part, this is a movie that doesn't take many chances, but gets a lot of the little things right—full to 3/4 shots in fight scenes, no one does the rubber dummy, there's a solid reason to fight, etc.


And Keanu Reeves is the villain.

Update: Apparently, Keanu Reeves comes from a mixed background. You're blowing my mind, Keanu.

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