Keanu Reeves Arrives: River’s Edge (1986) Flash Review


River’s Edge (1986)

Released: May 8th, 1987

Genre: Crime, Drama

Director: Tim Hunter

Writers: Neal Jimenez

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Crispin Glover, Dennis Hopper

Opening Thoughts:

Honestly, I’ve heard of this movie, but the most I knew about it was that Keanu Reeves was in it. So it was fun to watch a film with no buzz and one that I’ve not seen before in full. A very interesting yet very dark.


A high school slacker commits a shocking act and then tells his friends about it.  Their reaction varies wildly.

Flash Review:

I don’t want to spend a lot of time on this film, but it is a crime drama that discusses the darker instincts of human nature. The cruel and ugly aspects of our lives.  It definitely has its clever moments, but isn’t quite as smart as it thinks it is.

Still a good cast makes this film work fairly well and while not Keanu Reeves biggest or even first role ever. It is probably the general public was first introduced to him.


As far as debuts go (his debut to the masses anyway) you could do a lot worse than this film. It is very dark and sometimes lingers too much on its darkness.

Keanu Reeves Film Ladder (Work in Progress)

River’s Edge (1986)

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