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Keanu Reeves has gone from playing a cartoonishly embellished version of disaffected youth in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure to playing a disaffected adult in a cartoonishly embellished fictional reality in The Matrix. Somewhere along the way, he saved public commuters from a cartoonishly embellished Dennis Hopper in Speed.
And for his next film, his first since Malcolm Venville’s 2009 indie crime dramedy Henry’s Crime, Reeves will blow the roof off of his wheelhouse and play yet another disaffected adult in Generation Um…, this time he’s spends a vice-filled day with two beautiful free-spirited women, so it’s very much within the boundaries of strict reality. Thanks to Apple, we have our first full look at the film in all of its mumbling, bumbling glory. Added bonus: Keanu himself introduces the clip in a manner where it isn’t even convincing that he had anything to do with the film.
Mark Mann’s feature directorial debut, Generation Um… spends a 24 hour day with John (Reeves), Mia (Adelaide Clemens) and Violet (Bojana Novakovic) as they druggily bounce from bar to bar, expressing themselves through sexuality and sharing the deepest parts of themselves via a stolen video camera. It looks to be one of those joyless city-centered films that aren’t the most relatable slices of life for those more prone to country living.
But it will probably be worlds more suitable for life comparisons than will be Reeves’ long-gestating return to the action genre for the Samurai epic 47 Ronin. If given the choice between watching him as a samurai or a lothario, we’d like to pass on both and choose the most excellent Ted “Theodore” Logan.