Boxing Day in UK cinemas looks set to be a big one this year. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG and ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES will no doubt both still be enjoying box-office success, though the 26th December sees competition in the shape of Ben Stiller’s THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, the unfortunate JUSTIN BIEBER BELIEVE and the return to the big budget movies by Keanu Reeves in 47 RONIN.
December 2008 saw the release of remake THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL. This was Reeves’ last big screen lead role and since then the actor seems to have been focusing more on indie roles with films such as THE SECRET LIVES OF PIPPA LEE and GENERATION UM…
47 RONIN places Reeves at the centre of a fictional re-telling of the real life group of 18th Century Samurai who avenged the murder of their master. The film which is directed by Carl Erik Rinsch, sees Reeves star alongside Japanese actors Rinko Kikuchi (THE BROTHERS BLOOM, PACIFIC RIM) and Hiroyuki Sanada (SUNSHINE, THE LAST SAMURAI), as well as some impressive CG mythical creatures which are seen in the trailer. We have yet to see the final film but are getting pretty excited about seeing Reeves show-off his sword skills.
Keanu Reeves first made his name as time-travel slacker in comedy BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, and has never really been able to shake off his alter ego’s ‘airhead’ persona. Some of you out there might also find it quite ironic that the name Keanu roughly translates as ‘cool breeze over the mountains.’
Reeves has had a string of box-office successes including SPEED and of course THE MATRIX, and its sequels. He has also had his share of turkeys in the form of JOHNNY MNEMONIC and CHAIN REACTION. We’re yet to know which way 47 RONIN will go, but ahead of its release we’re treating you to a refresher of Reeves’ career highlighting both the highs and the lows.