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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 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.
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Back to the Future, created by Robert Zemeckis: a Film Review

Synopsis:

After ending up back in 1955, Doc Brown takes off in his DeLorean…and ends up stuck in 1885.

Marty teams up with the 1955 version of Doc Brown after receiving a letter from the 1885 Doc Brown so they can repair the DeLorean to return it to 1985 where it belongs. 

Doc Brown says that he wants to stay in 1885, loving the Old West, but when Marty finds photos of a tombstone with Doc’s name on it he is determined to go BACK to save his friend from this fate.  But he only has 6 days in order to get Doc BACK to the FUTURE.

General Information:

-Genre: Science-Fiction

-Creator: Robert Zemeckis

-Length: 116 minutes

-Rating: PG (for mild sex and nudity, mild violence, moderate profanity, mild use of alcohol and smoking, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

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

-Main Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Thomas F. Wilson, Lea Thompson, Elisabeth Shue

-Page of Reference in RP1: 56

Review (contains spoilers):

While this is still a solid movie….its not my favorite of the trilogy.

I do love that they stuck with the back and forth that happens in the other movies which makes it a fun film.  And the relationship that Doc and Marty have is still wonderful.

Its just a lot harder to buy the fact that NO ONE would really see the DeLorean and have a really bad reaction to how out of place the whole thing is.

I love that there is still the idea that Marty Is running into his family…as is the case in the other two films.  We get to see Doc Brown in love…

But the old west, cowboy thing was just too much for me.  And always has been.  I mean, using a train to get to the right speed to get the DeLorean to transport. Its just not as believable as the lightning in the first charging the coil.  Especially since most trains top speed in the 1880s was only about 70 mph…and that was pushing it… the average speed a steam locomotive went was about 30 mph.  and they need to hit like 85 mph to get the DeLorean to jump.

But yeah…that’s what happens when I look too much into something.

Usually, I only watch the first two movies and kind of ignore this one.

If you haven’t seen it…watch it.  It’s a decent film and it is nice to watch the whole trilogy.  Especially if you can ignore all of the little historical anachronisms that really throw me out of the film…

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Back to the Future Part II, created by Robert Zemeckis: a Film Review

Synopsis:

After returning back to his proper time Marty McFly has turned around JUST enough of the past to make his present pretty awesome.  While walking down the street with his girlfriend, Jennifer, Doc Brown appears in his DeLorean time machine…

This time they aren’t going to the past…but to the future where the group has to help save Marty and Jennifer’s future children!

General Information:

-Genre: Science-Fiction

-Creator: Robert Zemeckis

-Length: 108 minutes

-Rating: PG (for mild sex and nudity, mild violence, moderate profanity, mild use of alcohol and smoking, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

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

-Main Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson

-Page of Reference in RP1: 56

Review (contains spoilers):

I don’t like this one as much as the first film.  I just feel like Back to the Future was more streamlined and thought out…but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good film.

The shenanigans have the same feel as the first movie…really it’s a good continuation to the series.  The events don’t feel out of place to the story.  The ending is about what you’d expect and the overall visuals are consistent. Its just set in the future…not the past.

Though now that we are in 2021 and 2015 is well past where we are it is kind of fun to see what the designers imagined for 2015. And what the reality actually was.

I think that one of the big reasons I don’t like this film as much is that Biff is a fairly big character in it and he just isn’t a character that I want to see more or know more about.  I like the general storyline with Jennifer and Marty having to save their kids…I just could have done without more Biff….

Totally worth the watch.  But sometimes I like to pretend that this trilogy is actually just two movies…more on that later.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Back to the Future, created by Robert Zemeckis: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Marty McFly is your typical, average, 1980s teen.  He’s got a beautiful girlfriend, the cool clothes, and has dreams to become a famous rock star.  Marty is pretty much the definition of cool. The problem is…everyone else in his family isn’t.

He worries that no matter his dreams and ambitions, he will end up like his parents and sibilings…bullied into their adult years for being a nerd, an alcoholic, or just at a dead-end job for the rest of his life…

But when Marty is called out one night to meet up with his eccentric friend, the slightly crazy scientist Emmett “Doc” Brown things get a little more complicated.  Doc has created a time machine inside of a DeLorean…which is crazy enough…add in the terrorists that want the technology and an accidental jump into 1955 things just got a lot more difficult for Marty McFly.

How will he get back to 1985 if the DeLorean is out of power?  Will his music career take off?  And how do you handle your MOM thinking you’re hot?!?!  If Marty can’t figure it out…he might just end up disappearing out of existence…and time is running out…

General Information:

-Genre: Science-Fiction

-Creator: Robert Zemeckis

-Length: 116 minutes

-Rating: PG (for mild sex and nudity, mild violence, moderate profanity, mild use of alcohol and smoking)

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

-Main Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

-Page of Reference in RP1: 56

Review (contains spoilers):

I love this movie.  Its one of my more frequently watched films.

Just a great fun teen flick with a science-fiction twist.

Marty and Doc are so much fun.  Their interactions are so pure.  Doc Brown is just a wonderful character and Christopher Lloyd was the perfect choice to play him.  Just a bit kooky and over the top…but not in a way that becomes irritating or annoying.

And Michael J. Fox’s performance as Marty McFly is fantastic.  Between his natural “cool guy” attitude to how he reacts to his mom having a crush on him…to his killer skills on a guitar…I can’t really think of a better actor to play Marty.

This movie is just an all around gem.  The costuming for both the “present day” in 1985 and then the beautiful clothes of the 1950s is on pointe.  You get the classic cars. A great soundtrack.  The insane interactions…and of course, Marty trying to keep himself from disappearing.

Just a great ride from start to finish.

Highly recommend.  Especially if you love 1980s films, comedies, science-fiction, or just a really great teen and family friendly movie!

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.