Wednesday, September 22, 2021     Volume: 22, Issue: 29
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
A QUIET PLACE PART II
ANOTHER ROUND
BINGEABLE: 100 FOOT WAVE (2021-)
BINGEABLE: BARRY (2018-)
BINGEABLE: CLICKBAIT
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG (2016-2019)
BINGEABLE: SWEET TOOTH
BINGEABLE: THE WHITE LOTUS
BINGEABLE: TITANS (2018-)
BLACK WIDOW
BLAST FROM THE PAST: CARRIE (1976)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX (1999)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE PRESTIGE (2006)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART (1990)
BOSS LEVEL
CANDYMAN
CRY MACHO
GUILTY PLEASURE: BACHELOR IN PARADISE (2014-)
GUILTY PLEASURES: CHEER (2020)
GUILTY PLEASURES: GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE
GUILTY PLEASURES: JOLT
HAVE A GOOD TRIP: ADVENTURES IN PSYCHEDELICS
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM (1996)
I CARE A LOT
I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
IRRESISTIBLE
LIMBO
MISHA AND THE WOLVES (2021)
NEW FLICKS: BLOOD RED SKY
NEW FLICKS: CODA
NEW FLICKS: COPSHOP
NEW FLICKS: CRUELLA
NEW FLICKS: REMINISCENCE
NEW FLICKS: SWEET GIRL
NEW FLICKS: THE SUICIDE SQUAD
NEW FLICKS: VAL (2021)
NINE DAYS
NO SUDDEN MOVE
PIG
ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN (2021)
SOUL
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM (2019)
THE LAST BLOCKBUSTER (2020)
THE MAP OF TINY PERFECT THINGS
THE NEW MUTANTS
THE PAPER TIGERS
THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN
THE SUNLIT NIGHT
TV REVIEW: A WILDERNESS OF ERROR (2020)
TV REVIEW: BATES MOTEL
TV REVIEW: DEFENDING JACOB
TV REVIEW: EXTERMINATE ALL THE BRUTES (2021)
TV REVIEW: HELL ON WHEELS (2011-2016)
TV REVIEW: HOMECOMING
TV REVIEW: HOW TO WITH JOHN WILSON
TV REVIEW: I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE
TV REVIEW: I MAY DESTROY YOU
TV REVIEW: LENOX HILL
TV REVIEW: LITTLE AMERICA
TV REVIEW: MARE OF EASTTOWN
TV REVIEW: MRS. AMERICA
TV REVIEW: ONE MISSISSIPPI
TV REVIEW: PAINTING WITH JOHN (2021)
TV REVIEW: RAMY
TV REVIEW: RUN
TV REVIEW: SPACE FORCE
TV REVIEW: TABOO
TV REVIEW: TED LASSO (2020-)
TV REVIEW: THE BOYS
TV REVIEW: THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD
TV REVIEW: THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT
TV REVIEW: THE LAST KINGDOM
TV REVIEW: THE MIDNIGHT GOSPEL
TV REVIEW: THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL OF ALL (2020)
TV REVIEW: THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA
TV REVIEW: THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT
TV REVIEW: THE VOW
TV REVIEW: TREADSTONE (2019)
TV REVIEW: UNDONE
TV REVIEW: WANDAVISION
TV REVIEW: WARRIOR
TV REVIEW: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
TV REVIEW: ZEROZEROZERO
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS (2005)
UNDERRATED: THE KINGDOM (2007)

BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX (1999)

PHOTO BY COURTESY OF WARNER BROS

BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX (1999)


Where is it playing?: HBO Max, Amazon Video

What's it rated?: R

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

I have something I must confess: I had never seen The Matrix in its entirety, until recently. Granted, when the film came out in 1999, I was only 7. The Matrix is set in the same year.

Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) holds down your average desk job, but he also has a side gig of computer hacking and goes by the name Neo. Something about Neo’s metropolitan city doesn’t sit well with him, and during his hacking escapades, he repeatedly runs into the cryptic phrase “the Matrix.”

He’s mysteriously contacted by Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), who tells him a man named Morpheus can explain the meaning of the message.

Of course, Neo’s curiosity is piqued, and he meets up with the dude. Morpheus then gives his famous spiel about taking the blue pill and essentially conforming with what society tells you or take the red pill to see the truth behind the Matrix.

Duh, Neo downs the red pill and awakens inside a liquid-filled pod next to countless other humans who are connected by cables to an electrical system. Yup, it happened, people! Machines are taking humans’ bioelectric energy and, in turn, putting them in a simulation made to feel like they’re living in 1999 when in reality it’s 2199.

Morepheus believes Neo is “the one” that will unplug mankind and restore the people to physical and psychological freedom.

Let me pause for a second here. Morpheus, if you didn’t already know, was the son of Hypnos, which is where hypnosis comes from. It’s said that to be in the arms of Morpheus is to be asleep. What if this is all a dream?

Jokes aside, while this film broke the boundaries of 360-degree filming—not to mention a mind-binding plot—the acting is a cry for help. Maybe the characters are meant to have no feeling when they interact. I mean, I would be salty too if machines were controlling my reality.

I can’t help but laugh at Reeves’ dry performance, and the script overall. But I enjoyed the idea of having the ability to control your mind, walk on walls, and ninja-kick the crap out of people.

For the end of the ’90s, the film was definitely ahead of its time with the action-packed graphics. In my opinion, the script and the predictability of the story was laughable. It did leave me with a ton of questions: What happens to the people who are saved from the energy sucking machines? What do they do? How can they take down the machines? I guess if I realize that I’m living in another reality and I can bend a spoon with my mind, then I can just will myself to ninja-kick the crap out of a machine! Or I could watch The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.

—Karen Garcia 










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