A recurring character arc in many roles he has portrayed is one of saving the world, as can be seen in the characters of Ted Logan, Buddha, Neo, Johnny Mnemonic, John Constantine, and Klaatu.
Reeves's career choices after Speed were eclectic: despite his successes, Reeves continued to accept supporting roles and appear in experimental films.
Of his performance, Roger Lewis, the Sunday Times theatre critic, wrote, "He quite embodied the innocence, the splendid fury, the animal grace of the leaps and bounds, the emotional violence, that form the Prince of Denmark ...
He is one of the top three Hamlets I have seen, for a simple reason: he is Hamlet." However, Reeves' choices after A Walk in the Clouds failed with critics and audiences.
Reeves began his acting career at the age of nine, appearing in a theatre production of Damn Yankees.
At 15, he played Mercutio in a stage production of Romeo and Juliet at the Leah Posluns Theatre. He obtained a green card through his American stepfather and moved to Los Angeles three years later.