The Matrix Revolutions: What the Hell?

TITLE: Matrix Revolutions

DIRECTOR: Wachowski Brothers

STARRING:  Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving

GENRE: Science Fiction

YEAR: 2005

COUNTRY: United States

Alright everybody, here is the final review for the last film in the Matrix trilogy, The Matrix Revolutions. Oh my god was this one horrible.

The Matrix Revolutions stars the majority of the original cast from the previous two films. Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Hugo Weaving all reprise their roles as Neo, Morpheus, Trinity, and Agent Smith respectively. This film follows our group as they try to contact the Oracle and prevent the spread of the Agent Smith malware. However, this storyline makes up only half of the film. The other half follows another group of characters (who we briefly met in Matrix Reloaded) as they prepare for the machines’ invasion of Zion.

Alright, I am just going to warn y’all now, this is going to be a short paragraph. While I felt I gave the film a harsh score, Revolutions has very few redeeming qualities. The assault on Zion is actually a pretty cool scene, despite none of the main characters are involved until the end. The build up to that scene is also pretty interesting and intense, but Morpheus doesn’t give two shits.

There is so much wrong with The Matrix Revolutions that I don’t think I will be able to fit it into this one paragraph. The majority of our main characters aren’t really even doing anything for the first half of the film. The once cool choreography now looks like it ripped off Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Trinity is an absolute mess, she has lost her badassery from the first film. Don’t even get me started on the final battle between Smith and Neo. You know you are doing something wrong when Smith has been the same after three films and in the same role.

PROS:

  • Hugo Weaving Performance.
  • Keanu Reeves performance.
  • Laurence Fishburne performance.
  • Awesome Soundtrack

CONS:

  • Convoluted and confusing ending.
  • Carrie-Anne Moss is fucking annoying.
  • Complete disregard of rules set in first two films.
  • Ripoff of Crouching Tiger hidden dragon fight scenes.

SCORES: 5.0 / 10

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Matrix Reloaded: Freeway Fighting

TITLE: Matrix Reloaded

DIRECTOR: Wachowski Brothers

STARRING:  Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss

GENRE: Science Fiction

YEAR: 2003

COUNTRY: United States

Alright everybody, here is my review for the second film in the Matrix trilogy, Matrix Reloaded. This is apart of my first movie marathon of late, all three of the Matrix films. Each week you will have at least one.

The Matrix Reloaded stars the majority of the cast from the first film with Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles. In the Matrix Reloaded we follow Morpheus and his crew as they communicate with the Oracle and try to recover the Keymaker. The Keymaker can make unlock any door or any vehicle, which also includes shortcuts in and out of the Matrix. While the film is very slow initially, part way through the second act their is a major fight scene on the freeway. This is a very lengthy scene and honestly the best part of the film, which I will cover later on below.

While the Matrix Reloaded is far below the first film, I did enjoy it. The freeway scene is by far the most notable, with car hopping, fighting on big rigs, blowing up cars with swords, and Neo being Superman. The whole scene is very unrealistic, the scene was definitely entertaining to watch. The whole “shortcut through the Matrix” arc is very interesting. Using the Keymaker, you can access a hallway that includes all of these doors that lead to different parts of the Matrix.

The Matrix Reloaded has been praised on the same level as the first film but critics, but I would definitely say that it didn’t deserve it. The film’s production is way too over the top, and much of the story felt like filler. The main scene that griped me was the end of the film.

*******SPOILER ALERT****”””””

In the climax of the film, the Keymaker is murdered trying to hold open the door to the core of the Matrix. Morpheus disappears through one door to the real world, where Neo continues on. He enters a room and meets the Architect. He is the creator of the Matrix and explains that Neo can either save Trinity or Zion Neo chooses Trinity and thus dooms Zion.

*********END SPOILERS**********

Overall the Matrix Reloaded was not as decent as the first film, but not a horrible waste. Just like ever other sequel ever.

PROS:

  • Freeway Fighting
  • Interesting but convoluted plot.
  • Awesome soundtrack.

CONS:

  • Keanu Reeves Neutral face.
  • Not much advancement on the plot.

SCORES: 7.0 / 10

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Oblivion = The Matrix (2013)

Hello everybody!

It has been a while since I have written a film review huh? I am working on many different projects right now, so I will be introducing some guest writers in the coming weeks, but here is my next review, The Matrix (2013)! I mean Oblivion of course.

OBLIVION (2013)

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TITLE: Oblivion

DIRECTOR: Joseph Kosinski

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United States

 

Alright, so for those of you who haven’t seen any advertisements for Oblivion (which I am pretty sure we all saw it and thought it was a pretty awesome looking film), Oblivion stars Jack Harper (Tom Cruise), Victoria (Andrea Riseborough), Julia (Olga Kurylenko), and Malcolm Beech (Morgan Freeman).  The film follows Jack Harper and Victoria’s mission to recover the remaining resources that Earth has to offer.  The film is set 60 years after the Earth was ravaged by an invasion of Aliens known as Scavs and the Moon was destroyed.  The rest of humanity escaped aboard a huge space station called the Tet, which is receiving the resources Jack recovers. Over the course of the film, Jack (Cruise) meets Malcolm (Freeman) and Malcolm shatters his ideas of what really happened.

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Okay, there are two aspects of Oblivion that absolutely saved the film: an amazing performance from Tom Cruise (also Morgan Freeman being a brilliant messiah, Morpheus anyone?) and the film looks absolutely beautiful.  But let’s stick with the acting and story first.  While I really can’t stand Tom Cruise, I really couldn’t see anyone else for the role.  The character definitely gave Cruise the opportunity to remind us why he is an action star.  As for the story, let’s just say this.  You have seen this story MANY times.

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So now to the look of the film.  Kosinski’s style really shows through here, and it definitely came out quite amazingly.  The landscapes of a desolate Earth are absolutely breath-taking, I could get lost staring out over its beauty forever.  The cinematography in Oblivion is what IMAX was made for.  I just wish it didn’t cost $120 million to get these kind of results.

 

Pros:

  • Amazing Tom Cruise performance
  • Morgan Freeman = New Morpheus
  • Cinematography is beautiful

Cons:

  • Lackluster story, you have seen it before.
  • No chemistry among Cruise and his romantic interests.
  • Plot twists you can see a mile away.

 

SCORE: 6.0/10 Stars

 

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