Keanu Reeves may be a favourite with many movie goers, and an underrated performer, but he is not an actor whose work has troubled the Oscars voters over the years. And it seems unlikely that he will be getting his hands on one of those famous golden statuettes for his performance in his latest production, John Wick: Chapter 3, which is due to hit movie theaters next month.
Reeves earned critical praise for his role in the original John Wick (2014), a revenge thriller, in which he starred as a former assassin who comes out retirement, and the box office success of that film, and its equally blood-soaked follow-up, John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017), has led inevitably to this third instalment, which also stars Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne and Anjelica Houston.
But while fans of neo-noir action thrillers may be eagerly anticipating this latest incarnation of the monosyllabic assassin, bookmakers are not predicting much love from the Academy. Irish bookie Paddy Power has given John Wick: Chapter 3 a tentative 150/1 quote in the Best Picture market, which makes it a bigger outsider than Aladdin (55/1), Spider-Man: Far From Home (75/1) and Pokemon: Detective Pikachu (100/1).
While it is no impossible that a film like John Wick: Chapter 3 could transcend its action-movie roots, it seems unlikely that the third instalment will deviate too far from the existing martial-arts-and-gun-violence template that has proven to be a hit at the box office. And it is equally hard to imagine Academy Awards voters preferring Mr Reeves’ latest to the likes of Martin Scorcese’s The Irishman, which Paddy Power rate as the current 3/1 favourite to claim Best Picture, or that movie’s principle rivals in this market: The Laundromat, starring Meryl Streep (4/1), Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (7/1) or political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted (6/1).