It's been a while since we've seen Keanu Reeves really kick somebody's ass. Sure, he unleashed an unholy amount of whoop ass in the three "Matrix" movies, but since then he's preferred mellower roles like a doctor who's weirdly attracted to Diane Keaton in "Something's Gotta Give," and whoever he played in whatever "A Scanner Darkly" was. Thankfully, he's returning to his hyper-violent ways with his directorial debut, "Man of Tai Chi." Yay.
The trailer starts out intriguingly, with a man in a chilly grey room instructed to look towards a two-way mirror, then commanded to "Fight" (sort of like "Mortal Kombat," except chillier.) We then see Keanu on the other side of the mirror, looking like a creepo who orchestrates these fights. Later, we see that he has tasked a tai chi practitioner (Tiger Hu Chen, who was Reeves' stuntman in the "Matrix" movies — look at those flowing locks!) for a new form of underground fighting. "No mirrors, pure fighting," Keanu growls. It also looks like this guy might be a narc. Oh, and Keanu stabs somebody. The last couple of shots show that Keanu still knows kung fu (get it), when he takes on Tiger. Looks good.
"Man of Tai Chi" was recently picked up by Radius-TWC, The Weinstein Company's multi-platform genre arm (that put out the underrated "Aftershock" earlier this year), at Cannes this year. It's expected to be released sometime later this month, hopefully during a time when our ass-kicking reserves are at their lowest.