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great documentary that relies entirely on content
Although without any directoral sense or flair (ala Michael Moore), this film gets straight to the point, remains totally unbiased, and lets the viewer decide for himself.
Very interesting subject, incredible new revelations and another leap forward in the search for extra-terrestrial life.
This film is explained in laymans terms and does not require you to be a UFO maniac or -in the know- per se, although roswell fanatics and believers will certainly rejoice over the evidence found in this documentary.
Lacking any true movie-like qualities (its basically a lone interview with UFO footage), this feature survives on content alone. 7\10
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
A quick overview of the film
Quite possibly the worst of the last two Matrix films, the final in the trilogy comes off as dry, monotonous and un-inspiring.
The love story between Neo and Trinity is boring, annoying and pointless, and just like the last film, helps get in the way of the overall pace of the movie.
Unlike the original, the lines are predictible, played and quite simply not funny. Filled with pointless prophetical and philosophical rhetoric, the movie attempts to label itself as some form of epic grandiose, played out through unconvincing and 2dimensional acting.
The first Matrix sucked you in and took you along for the ride, an exciting thriller with amazing action. The last two films, you feel like you're on the outside watching something you don't care about.
The characters are distant, no one is having fun and they all take themselves too seriously in a series that has become overly silly and un-necessarily complicated. Funny and interesting moments like neo running across to the left of the screen then back onto the right in the train station are exactly what this movie needed, and the pace and scenes feel disconcerted and the pace is decent at best.
The few action scenes there are remain even less appreciated, despite their technical marvel, it's interesting to watch as there is nothing else to take from this movie.
Two disappointing sequels to one of the best action movies of all-time.
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Amazing action upholds an underachieving story
I'm a huge matrix fan; my expectations for this movie were extremely high, given the quality of directing by the Wachowski brothers. Bound, the directors first movie, was a breathtaking movie with an incredible storyline. The original Matrix managed to sustain an excellent story while boasting spectacular special effects in an awesome sci-fi thriller. And then there were three...
Without the mystery and intrigue of the original (beginning with the fanfare that asked "what is the matrix?") the original needed something to captivate the audience once again. In an attempt to replicate the originals success in this area, The Matrix: Reloaded attempts to grab us with Neo's dream/prophecy of his love, Trinity, dying to an agent. This is a decent nail-biter but nothing special, and the movie fails to gain much momentum with a total action/storyline imbalance.
The action in this movie is incredible, and there's LOTS of it. This is countered poorly with uninspired scenes outside the matrix, mainly inside a dreadfully boring Zion, the last human city. The love scene, the dreams, the partying and the propaganda going on inside Zion feel out of place. The pacing does not build up momentum and the ups and downs of the movie are sporatic, leaving the audience with tidbits of a great scenes that feel independent and out of place.
The revelation as to the reason of the one and why he exists is ingenious and one of the best scenes in the film, but without the proper building blocks prior to it leaves this crucial piece of the story alone in the dark. Trinity's rescue is almost identical to Neo's and reminds me of the second Death Star in 'Return of the Jedi'. In the final minutes of the movie, both the unexplained and the predictable coincide to leave us with a pathetic anti-climax that feels like we've reached the middle of the movie.
And, from a broader perspective, that's exactly what it is. The final two films are, in reality, one movie cut into two, which is a shame because the storyline feels underdeveloped. Had both been together this movie could surely have been salvaged and turned out quite well. But as a standalone movie it leaves us with several memorable scenes as well as some incredible fighting scenes- like pieces of a puzzle not properly put into place.
In the end, we can only enjoy the groundbreaking action, wonder what could have been and hope the final movie in the Matrix trilogy can salvage a potentially Indiana Jones like series.