Keanu Reeves, the internet’s boyfriend that just can’t wait to meet your parents, has become the new talk of the town. Now that the “John Wick” franchise has made its way into cinematic greatness, and his selfless good deeds have become the stuff of legend, the actor seems to be stuck on everyone’s minds.
And how can he not, he’s just so cool.
When news broke at E3 2019 that Reeves would be a part of the highly anticipated “Cyberpunks 2077” by CD Projekt Red, gamers rejoiced. But the news isn’t the first time Reeves has dipped his binary toe into the digital pool. Throughout his own filmography, he has become the poster boy for cyberpunk in film. Even though it is not every movie, or even that often, his interest in the genre helps push the movement forward to the spotlight. It’s a neon spotlight, but a spot light nonetheless.
The Matrix Series
A Scanner Darkly
Under appreciated in its time, the Richard Linklater film based on a Phillip K. Dick novel has become a cult classic. It was shot to look like a trippy animated feature, but the process was actually reversed. The movie was shot digitally and then animators drew over every shot in post production to create a drugged-out look that bends towards neo-future without diving to deep. It works to make the film more believable to the viewer by introducing a crazy idea and concept without the need for too much suspension of disbelief.
In the not to distant future (pick either X-men or MST3K to reference here), roughly 20% of the US population is addicted to a special new drug requiring the government to get way more Big Brother with their investigation. Reeves character, while undercover for The Man, becomes addicted to the nasty narcotic.
“Scanner” also lends towards an early influence on Cyberpunk, the noir detective story. We all know Harrison Ford was doing Humphrey Bogart in “Blade Runner”, and that influence can be seen throughout all things cyberpunk, whether it’s books, films and video games. It’s like how westerns influenced samurai movies that influenced westerns.