It’s easy to write off Keanu Reeves. He’s not an actor who disappears into roles, he has an unusual first name, and he rarely performs in the high drama that courts the approval of critics. Whenever he does drama, it’s usually stuff that’s too small for people to notice (The Whole Truth) and for the most part, he’s fairly comfortable in his role as a genre staple.
But to write off Reeves as nothing more than an action star who lacks range would be missing the breadth of his filmography and his skill. Just because people like seeing Reeves as an action hero, that doesn’t mean that’s the only role he’s capable of playing, and while it’s easy to pigeonhole and dismiss him, doing so would be a mistake. Ever since he burst on the scene in the early 90s, Reeves has remained an interesting, underestimated talent who deserves more recognition for his body of work. You don’t stick around in Hollywood for three decades if you don’t have something unique to offer, and Reeves has become a singular presence.
Read on for the Top 5 Keanu Reeves performances.