1. Future Shock (1994)
Reeves started his career as a director with a film called Future Shock which is a horror anthology film. Future Shock is about a psychiatrist who uses virtual reality to investigate the minds of three of his patients. His patients consist of a paranoid woman who is at home alone, a submissive man who has a roommate from hell, and a man obsessed with his own death.
2. The Pallbearer (1996)
The Batman comes with a dark feel and Reeves’ debut film is a horror film. However, that doesn’t mean Reeves has only worked on dark films throughout his career. Two years after his directorial debut, Reeves is working on a romantic comedy called The Pallbearer.
The Pallbearer even stars two well-known actors, namely David Schwimmer (who plays Ross Geller in the Friends series) and Gwyneth Paltrow (plays Pepper Potts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe). Unfortunately, The Pallbearer was less successful in terms of revenue or valuation. However, there’s nothing wrong with watching this film to see the only romantic comedy film made by Reeves.
3. Cloverfield (2008)
After the failure of The Pallbearer, Reeves focused more on directing the series during 1997–2006. 12 years after the release of The Pallbearer, Reeves is finally back with a new film called Cloverfield. Unlike Future Shock and The Pallbearer, which Reeves wrote, Cloverfield’s script was written by a different person, namely Drew Goddard.
Cloverfield tells the story of six New Yorkers who run away from giant monsters and other small creatures that are invading New York, when they are having a farewell party. Presented in the style of a documentary, Cloverfield was a huge success and even received very positive reviews from critics.
Reeves’ directing style in Cloverfield is one of the things that gets the most praise. With only a budget of 25 million dollars (around Rp. 360 billion), Cloverfield made a big profit with revenues of 172 million dollars (about Rp. 2.4 trillion).
4. Let Me In (2010)
16 years of debut by working on horror films, Reeves is finally back working on another horror film entitled Let Me In. This film turned out to be a remake of the Swedish film Let the Right One In (2008). Let Me In stars Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Grace Moretz, when they were teenagers.
Set in the 1980s, Let Me In is about a 12 year old boy named Owen who is often bullied at his school. One day, Owen meets a girl his age named Abby. Owen and Abby are friends and love grows between them. Unbeknownst to Owen, Abby turns out to be a vampire.
Not only directing, Reeves also worked on the Let Me In script. This film received a fair amount of praise from critics because it is considered a remake that does not distort the material from the original film. On the other hand, Let Me In was less successful in terms of revenue.
5. a Planet of the Apes
20th Century Fox decided to reboot Planet of the Apes with the release of Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011). In the film, 20th recruited Rupert Wyatt as its director. Wyatt should be back working on the sequel. However, he decided to leave the sequel project and 20th Century Fox hired Matt Reeves to direct Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Set 10 years after the events of the first film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes tells the story of a group of humans who struggle to survive after surviving a deadly pandemic. On the other hand, Caesar became the leader of a group of intelligent chimpanzees whose population was growing.
20th Century Fox was the right choice for recruiting Reeves because his directing style in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was critically acclaimed. In terms of revenue, this film is also much more successful than the first film.
6. War Planet of the Apes
The success of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes made Reeves re-appointed to work on the sequel, entitled War for the Planet of the Apes. Unlike the previous films, Reeves also played a role in working on the script for War for the Planet of the Apes. As the title suggests, this film features a war between humans and chimpanzees.
Reeves managed to present a trilogy that was so grand and so emotional. No wonder War for the Planet of the Apes is the Planet of the Apes film with the highest score on Rotten Tomatoes, which is 94%. Say Fortunately, this film does not earn as much as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.