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The Matrix Revolutions, created by The Wachowskis: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Neo is trapped in the Matrix.  Morpheus and Trinity are trying to fight for his release.  And things are looking dire.

Meanwhile, the Nebuchadnezzar and the Hammer are working to reactivate ships and formulate a plan to gather in defense of Zion.

When reality begins to fall to the machines it seems that Neo really is their only hope….so long as they can bring him back before the Smiths assimilate him.

General Information:

-Genre: Dystopian, Science-Fiction, Action/Adventure

-Creator: The Wachowskis

-Length: 129 minutes

-Rating: R (mild sex and nudity, moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Jada Pinkett Smith

-Page of Reference in RP1: 49

Review (contains spoilers):

Yeah…I’m just not sure what to say here…

I’m actually really looking forward to the new film that is supposed to come out in 2021 so I can revisit all of these and really find the words to describe all of it.

But honestly….this was a revolution.  The whole trilogy paved the way for so many other things and it is just fascinating to go back and watch these.  There is so much that has been created BECAUSE of the strides and creativity of these films.  From the cinematography to the CGI to the stunts… so much of the trilogy was just absolutely and incredibly distinctive.

Hopefully the next film will come out as scheduled….if not I’m definitely going to be rewatching these and updating these reviews…

It was really just awesome.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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The Matrix Reloaded, created by The Wachowskis: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Six months have passed since the disastrous end to their last mission.  Neo has settled in the crew, he and Trinity are falling in love, and though things are still treacherous with the outside world things seem to have begun to settle down a bit.

When Morpheus receives a message calling all the ships of Zion to an emergency meeting, their little bubble of moderate tranquility is shattered.  The Sentinels have found Zion and sent an army to tunnel to the city.

With less than 72 hours to save their world it is up to Morpheus, Neo, and Trinity to get everyone together to fight the machines.  It is time to return to Zion.

General Information:

-Genre: Dystopian, Science-Fiction, Action/Adventure

-Creator: The Wachowskis

-Length: 138 minutes

-Rating: R (mild sex and nudity, moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gloria Foster

-Page of Reference in RP1: 49

Review (contains spoilers):

This is another excellent film. Not as good as the first but still pretty spectacular.  I highly recommend watching the Animatrix before this because you get some of the stories that are mentioned in the movie that aren’t super necessary but having that depth made me appreciate it more.

Just like with the first movie I think I’m honestly going to have to rewatch this a few times this year and update the review when I can actually form proper thoughts. 

The style the Wachowskis created is so unique (and I’ve worked in film/television on the geek circuit for several years…done editing….worked on some weird projects…) and I just can’t really get a proper grip on everything other than: that was so cool!  Which I guess is fair but not really a great review.

But yes…this film is just as cool as the first…it only fell a little short currently due to the fact that you really should watch some animated shorts before proceeding onto this film…

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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The Animatrix, created by The Wachowskis: a Short Film Review

Synopsis:

A series of 9 animated short films set in the world of the Matrix.  These stories serve as additional background and history as well as other stories surrounding the Matrix and the war that led to the dystopian setting.

General Information:

-Genre: Animated, Dystopian, Shorts

-Creator: The Wachowskis

-Length: 9 Short Films, Total Length 102 minutes

-Rating: Unrated, but note that the content of the animated shorts fits in with the content of the Matrix Trilogy films

-Where to Watch: DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 49

Review (contains spoilers):

The Final Flight of the Osiris:

A pretty standard 3D animation style.  Not sure why it needed to be quite so sexually charged in the fighting sequence in the Matrix training room.  We haven’t seen anything quite like that in the series so far.

The real world seems truer to what was in the first movie.  This is obviously the story of another ship that gets taken down.  That was an awful lot of sentinels.  And to be on the surface, its kind of crazy when they spend all their time below ground. 

I hope they warn Zion.  We know the ship is going down from the title but that is just an unnecessary number of sentinels to take down that ship. I know that it they were for getting to Zion when the driller worked but its really just a lot to send after one ship when 10 or so would do.  We saw 6 nearly take down the Nebuchadnezzar.

The Second Renaissance Parts 1 & 2:

Its interesting that the animations styles change.  This one is a combination of 2D and 3D animation that I’m not super familiar with but that looks like something I should recognize.  Ew.  A little Princess Mononoke style in there too.

The storytelling style is interesting too.  Like it would be a mythology story.   I feel like we are going to get a lot of history in here from Rights marches for the machines to making their own country.  Reaching out their hands, and getting slapped in the face.  War.  Destroying the sky.  It is just insane to me.

What I’m really taking away from this whole story (which is something I really knew already) is that most humans suck.  Its crazy to me that humans will chose to go to war rather than negotiate.  We see it every day… this just took it even further.

The machines win of course which is where we are in the films.  And while it’s absolutely terrifying to think about the model the machines use with humans as the batteries is actually quite efficient and completely sustainable with little waste.  And that’s kind of scary.

Kid’s Story:

This animation style is really interesting to me.  Its like they animated a painting.  All the sketch marks are still there, and the setting has the quality of a painting.  It’s a very chaotic style that seems to capture the energy of the story quite well.

That is incredible.  He did what Neo and so many others needed the Pills for by himself.  So, it is possible to become aware of the world around you.  It’s a great allegory for mental health in the Matrix.  There are a lot of discussions even now that people with mental health diagnosis see reality in such detail that it becomes painful.

Program:

I like how this animation feels.  It reminds me of looking at a 2D traditional Asian tapestries. Ukiyo-e.  Its beautiful.

This story is reminiscent of what happens in the first movie.  There are obviously people who want to go back even after they had rebelled and taken the Red Pill.

World Record:

I’m not sure how I feel about this animation style.

Another story of someone who made it out of the Matrix on their own.  It’s fascinating that it is possible.  With intellect. With physical acuity.  He didn’t make it completely out…

Beyond:

This feels more like a traditional anime style.  It reminds me of a show but I’m not sure exactly which one.

A story all about a glitch in the Matrix where things reverse, can be broken and be remade, you don’t hit the ground when you fall.  It’s all simply different. It’s a great explanation for haunted houses or places where things disappear.

A Detective Story:

Very film noir, Sin City vibes. Lots of Alice in Wonderland references just like the first movie.

I like this style a lot and its nice to get a bit of Trinity’s story before we meet Neo.

Matriculated:

This is super trippy.  I get the idea of reprogramming a bot. But like…this is weird.

Having a converted army has to be helpful.  It allows you to be more stationary but in the long run is it worth it.  Especially if they can still find and destroy you.

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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The Matrix, created by The Wachowskis: a Film Review

Synopsis:

The year is 1999 and a group of police have cornered a woman.  She overpowers them with seemingly superhuman powers.  As she flees, the police and a group of mysterious looking Agents pursue… she barely escapes.

Meanwhile, Thomas Anderson, is living a double life.  By day he is the respectable computer programmer.  By night he is the hacker, alias Neo, who has been feeling like the world is off.  His frequent encounters online and through the underbelly of the web with “the Matrix” have him feeling disarmed.  When he wakes up late one day and sees someone contacting him through his computer the world is turned on its side.

When he is faced with the choice of waking up or returning to sleep, he chooses to wake up.  Which is a choice that he may end up regretting when he wakes to find his reality and job as a computer programmer was merely a dream…and reality is much, much dangerous than he could ever imagine.

General Information:

-Genre: Dystopian, Science-Fiction, Action/Adventure

-Creator: The Wachowskis

-Length: 136 minutes

-Rating: R (mild sex and nudity, moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano

-Page of Reference in RP1: 49

Review (contains spoilers):

The filmography in this is quite different from anything I’ve really experienced.  Its very film noir meets cyberpunk.  Lots of references to Alice in Wonderland.  And not just the obvious ones.  The ones they just say.  It adds to the mystery of what is going on in the world.

After rewatching this film I have to say I did not remember anything about what happened…I guess that is what a decade between watches will do for you.

I loved the feel and the story in this film.  Its kind of the perfect mix of science-fiction and dystopian future. 

It’s just a fascinating concept and the little details had my film mind trying to figure out not only how they did the practical effects (that last scene in the office building lobby was just stunning) but how the CGI effects still stand up fairly well after over 20 years of advancements…

I’m not really sure exactly how to explain how I feel…I’m still kind of processing everything that is in the film because there was a lot of information dumped on you in a style that is so uniquely its own that I really think I’ll have to watch this a few more times to really get a grasp on a proper review.

What I do know is that this is a nearly perfect film….definitely deserves a 5/5.

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.