Like many of my friends, the more I learn of the Matrix's backstory, the less I am impressed with the Brothers W.
The whole robot revolution (which was really funny today when I saw a T3 trailer and one of my friends joked that John Conner was the first Neo) is just standard SF, complete with gratuitious Nippon-phile A-bomb explosion.
I loved some of the shorts, but man, the emperor is wearing less and less clothes every day.
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The Tank situation is never addressed. I think we're supposed to think he died between movies from his injuries.
The Trinity/Detective one was fun, as was the haunted house one. I didn't mind Matriculated that much, although I didn't see what was the point of leading the machine all around like crazy elves. The runner one was interesting, and the kid one was okay. The program one was cool for the medieval Japan motif. The Osirus one was surprisingly short (they literally did just stumble onto the machines), and the opening was gratuitous. Once I realized what they were doing, I have to wonder if that's the best form of foreplay they could think of. I know they're in control, but one slip with those swords... And can't the Operator *watch* them, or were they not going to continue?
The two dealing with the history do ruin the matrix a bit. It was good as far as filling in detail, but I think those same details affect the rest of the story. I'm still not sure what the humans were expecting to happen when they blocked out the sun. Last I checked, don't we get our food from plants (and animals that eat plants), which all depends on the sun? I know that leads to that gruel stuff they eat in the matrix, but if we're expecting to live off other forms of power, why wouldn't we have expected the machines to be able to also? Plus, the prejudice against the machines was a bit heavy handed. I think the brief history we got in the first movie was enough. Any more details always tend to ruin the story, and it usually results in a few inconsistencies, and more questions than answers.
Originally posted by EddieBurkett I didn't mind Matriculated that much, although I didn't see what was the point of leading the machine all around like crazy elves.
The runner one was interesting, and the kid one was okay. The program one was cool for the medieval Japan motif.
The two dealing with the history do ruin the matrix a bit. It was good as far as filling in detail, but I think those same details affect the rest of the story. I'm still not sure what the humans were expecting to happen when they blocked out the sun. Last I checked, don't we get our food from plants (and animals that eat plants), which all depends on the sun. I liked it, but I'm glad I chose to rent.
1 - Matriculated. The running around stuff must have served to convince the robot they were sweet and innocent. I like the end of it though..
2 - The runner and the Kid..love the idea behind those. Unlike Neo who had to be guided. These people actually almost free themselves of the Matrix without help!
3 - The war..liked it. It was basically a simply history of mankind. We never learn from our mistakes and are stupid enough to wipe ourselves out so we can defeat the robots (by blocking the sun). We just go out and destroy and not think of the consequences (like losing our life source, our crops and weaponry too) I loved the usage of classic war images translated into the human-robot wars.
(edited by dMp on 23.6.03 1114) *sigh* Why bother?
I liked all of them. The Second Renasiance was a bit like the Terminator history, but there are some differances. One of which is we don't know how the machines became concious and why they attacked humanity. There are some good theories behind it, but nothing we have really seen minus T3 which is coming out this year. Second Renasiance shows us the beginnings of the machine era and the human era. I still think it will be better in T3 anyway.
The only one I didn't like was the Maticulated was a bit weak. The whole acid trip look of the middle was stupid, but the idea of having turning the machines against each other was clever and the final battle was cool. Out of all of them, I thought Program and Detective Story was the best. Program was the best complete story out of the bunch while Detective was great film noir with a typical film noir ending. I do think that they are making more plot holes with some of the stories and with Reloaded. If the detective could be turned into an agent why couldn't NEO they do that to NEO at the beginning? He is a threat just turn him agent end of story. I realize once they are out of the Matrix this may not occur, but the Agents had him before he met Morphous. It makes no sense, but after seeing Reloaded making sense is not these guys strong suit.
A Fan- I'd rather seen Animatrix then see Reloaded again.
Don't forget Baz Luhrmann's remake of Romeo & Juliet, featuring Hill as a drag queen. And wasn't Cynthia Nixon (of Sex and the City fame) in a Law & Order ep during the first season? I wanna say "Subterranean Homeboy Blues"...