Monday, November 18, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 37
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
AD ASTRA
ARCTIC DOGS
AVENGERS: ENDGAME
BINGEABLE: Barry
BINGEABLE: CASA DE LAS FLORES
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG
BINGEABLE: GRACE AND FRANKIE
BINGEABLE: INTO THE DARK
BINGEABLE: RUSSIAN DOLL
BINGEABLE: STRANGER THINGS 3
BINGEABLE: THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY
BINGEABLE: THE SINNER (SEASON 2)
BLACK AND BLUE
BLAST FROM THE PAST: FRIENDS
BLAST FROM THE PAST: HOUSE
BLAST FROM THE PAST: LONE WOLF MCQUADE
BLAST FROM THE PAST: OLDBOY
BLAST FROM THE PAST: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX
BLAST FROM THE PAST: UNDER SIEGE 2: DARK TERRITORY
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT
BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON
CHARLIE’S ANGELS
COUNTDOWN
CRAWL
DOCTOR SLEEP
DOWNTON ABBEY
FORD V FERRARI
GUILTY PLEASURE: THE HANGOVER
GUILTY PLEASURES: BARBIE LIFE IN THE DREAMHOUSE
HATEWATCH: CHOPPED
HATEWATCH: FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER’S MONSTER, FRANKENSTEIN
HATEWATCH: NAILED IT!
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
HUSTLERS
IT: CHAPTER 2
JOKER
LAST CHRISTMAS
MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL
MIDWAY
MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL
MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN
ONCE UPON A TIME … IN HOLLYWOOD
PLAYING WITH FIRE
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME (EXTENDED CUT)
TERMINATOR: DARK FATE
THE ADDAMS FAMILY
THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
THE CURRENT WAR: DIRECTOR’S CUT
THE LIGHTHOUSE
THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS
UNDERRATED: INSOMNIA
UNDERRATED: SHUTTER ISLAND
UNDERRATED: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL
UNDERRATED: THE FALLING
YESTERDAY
ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP

BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX

PHOTO BY COURTESY OF WARNER BROS

BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX


Where is it playing?: Netflix, 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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