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The Matrix Resurrections Review

Rehashing an introduction is one way of winning over a new generation of fans while also appealing to the older ones who remember the release of the original. Balancing that line is a monumentally difficult challenge, one that director Lana Wachowski is more than capable of. Where The Matrix was a stunning feature that was soon subsumed by the larger remit of the science-fiction genre and cultural imbalances of the time, The Matrix Resurrections looks to bring a new and stylish flair to an old universe of counter-culture brilliance. “What makes Matrix different?” one games designer asks. Who knows, but what sets The Matrix Resurrections apart is its embrace of modern tricks and tropes, while also maintaining a credible understanding of the impact the original trilogy had on an ever-changing culture.  

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Speed Review

Macho leading lad Jack Traven (Keanu Reeves) is an encapsulation of everything so wonderful about the action genre. More specifically, everything defiant and odd about the 1990s portion of this line of filmmaking. What a wonderful bit of destruction it is. Speed and director Jan de Bont are of the “if it isn’t broke, blow something up,” mentality, and it works especially well here. Buses jumping through flames, Reeves and the cast looking generally rather worried about the events transpiring here. Naturally, it’s all backed up with a stunning soundtrack and a supporting role from Dennis Hopper. Who knows why it worked so drastically well. In an iconographic car crash of the times, audiences will count themselves extremely lucky that Weezer does not make an appearance.  

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The Matrix Revolutions Review

Bringing it all back to the basics we began with is no small feat of endurance. To do so we must have a story and dedicated directors working tirelessly behind the scenes, primarily in the hopes that their gamble pays off. They have chosen to hold themselves at gunpoint. Deliver the goods of a rewarding trilogy, or be decimated by the greed that comes with spinning off your own venture from a mere four years before. The Matrix Revolutions is the final piece of a very easy, dialogue-driven puzzle, but one that has been satisfying and fun to complete. Surely that is the impact directing pair Lilly and Lana Wachowski were hoping for. 

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The Matrix Reloaded Review

It is not fair to think The Matrix sequels would be as impactful on the culture around it as the first instalment. A flash in the pan is only possible once in a blue moon, and hoping to engage with that superb style again is just not possible. The Matrix Reloaded follows on from a story that benefitted from its open ending. That clarity of there being more to the story was a realisation we understood, and an expansion we did not need. All The Matrix Reloaded can hope to do is expand on the exciting fight scenes and universe found in the final high point of 1999.  

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The Matrix Review

Relevant more for the discourse it has created than the story it wishes to tell, The Matrix is now synonymous with red pills, simulation theory and computer hacking hijinks. That, at least, does not remove the entertainment quality found within this feature from Lily and Lana Wachowski. At its core a fine piece of energetic action with tense, underlying pieces of commentary on the tech-crazed world of the time. One of the many signs of a good story is its relevance and reliability in the modern-day, and with The Matrix, that does feel rather inclusive of its ideas and aims. Its intent is not to scare an audience, but to produce thought and interest in the world around them. That much, this film is successful with, but it does so with the calibre of a usual Hollywood action flick.  

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Dracula Review

Countless adaptations, reworkings and allusions to the Bram Stoker classic have been offered to audiences through a variety of mediums. There are only so many that can stick out and ingrain themselves in the legacy of Count Dracula. Who better to helm such a project than Francis Ford Coppola? Knowing that the best way to open any adaptation is with the sultry, smooth Welsh tones of Anthony Hopkins, Coppola’s rendition of Dracula adapts the Stoker classic with a finesse audiences should have expected. Here is a director whose finest works are based on the written word, whose first Academy Award came from adapting life into art, and who, when pressed for a rich experience, has no trouble delivering.

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My Own Private Idaho Review

While the beauty of William Shakespeare may be the flexibility of his work, My Own Private Idaho is an evidently loose understanding of Henry IV and Henry V. To be completely unaware of such an adaptation is likely, as I had been when first watching this piece from Gus Van Sant. Knowledge or not, this River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves starring piece is something any audience member can find themselves enjoying and engaging with. The star quality of the two leads, as well as that of the supporting performers, is a driving force behind how great performances and a steady hand behind the camera can lead to overwhelming efforts that capture two intertwining, yet completely isolated stories. 

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Bill & Ted Face the Music Review

I think in today’s climate, we could all do with being excellent to one another. Bill & Ted Face the Music is the completely unexpected third entry into the late 80s and early 90s teen comedy series starring Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves. Directed by Dean Parisot of Galaxy Quest and Fun with Dick and Jane fame, we’re reunited once more with Bill (Winter) and Ted (Reeves), as they’re tasked with saving the world from inevitable, time-related doom once more. The toll of adulthood has shown a lack of seriousness between the two, who now find themselves as family men, stuck in a loop of trying to live out their destiny, and balancing it with their responsibilities as parents.

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Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey Review

In preparation for the upcoming Bill & Ted Face the Music, I dove into these Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter-led cult classics with such optimism for the pair of them. Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey ramps up the cult attributes, leaning hard into its loveable loser duo, but not bringing about any form of interesting growth or expansion for the settings of its various realities. Tasked with saving the world once again, we pick up five years after the events of Bill & Ted’s Big Adventure, still failing musicians, and still bumbling their way to greatness.  

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Point Break Review

Within seconds of Point Break finishing, my thoughts weren’t on how interesting a narrative it was, nor was my mind on the performances of Keanu Reeves and Gary Busey. No, my only thought was that I really don’t want to go surfing. That’s a sentiment I stand by, my fear of water and my inability to swim at a consistent enough manner to prevent drowning make the utilisation of a surfboard nigh on impossible. The closest I’ll ever come then, is this high-octane, action-packed piece directed by Kathryn Bigelow. That’s as close as I want to go to the sea in the current climate anyway, I doubt I’d be catching too many waves at Seaburn right now.

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