Suspect Zero (2004) – DVD Review

Suspect Zero DVD

Film:
DVD:

Written by Zak Penn and Billy Ray
Directed by E. Elias Merhige
Starring Aaron Eckhart, Ben Kingsley, Carrie-Anne Moss

Features:

  • Running audio commentary with director Merhige
  • Featurette: What We See When We Close Our Eyes
  • Remote viewing demonstration
  • Alternate ending with optional commentary by Merhige

Released by: Paramount
Rating: R
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Fans of the genre should consider it.

Benjamin O’Ryan (Kingsley) used to be a FBI agent. That changed when he became part of a program to track serial killers. He learned the techniques of remote viewing, psychically picking up on the details of murders, even seeing these horrible crimes through the killer’s eyes. Of course being that close to evil changes you. He has directed that darkness against those who he previously observed. O’Ryan now hunts his targets himself and he kills what he catches. And he’s after two targets. One is another FBI agent, Thomas Mackelway (Eckhart). He’s on the outs with the Bureau for extraditing a suspect by knocking him unconscious and putting him in his truck. Mackelway, along with his partner Fran Kulok (Moss), are trying to catch O’Ryan. But O’Ryan can literally see one step ahead of them. He knows that Mackelway has the same gift or curse and is pushing him so he can help O’Ryan with the second target: the Moby Dick of serial killers, a killer whose pattern is no pattern, whose hunting ground is the entire United States. This is Suspect Zero. But with O’Ryan unraveling, Mackelway conflicted between justice and loyalty to the FBI, and a murderer whose avoided detection for years–the differences between predator and prey are becoming confused.

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The Matrix Revolutions (2003) – Movie Review

The Matrix Revolutions movie poster

Written & Directed by The Brothers Wachowski
Starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Mary Alice

My Advice: Rent the DVD when it comes out for the FX, otherwise skip it.

We’re right where we left off in the last film: Neo (Reeves) is in a coma, Bane (Ian Bliss) has somehow gotten Agent Smith (Weaving) inside of him, Zion is about to get its tits shot off, and Morpheus (Fishburne) is feeling like a dumbass because, seemingly, the Oracle (now played by Alice after the untimely death of Gloria Foster) lied. Now Neo’s lost somewhere between worlds and if he doesn’t get back soon, then the human race is toast.

Congratulations, Brothers Wachowski! You’ve given us the worst third movie in a series since Superman III. Or, since you’re comic fans, I’ll put it another way: you’ve given us the cinematic equivalent of Secret Wars II. After the completely brilliant setup of the second film, the brothers manage to fumble the ball in a spectacular, tragic way. The first film set up everything, the second debunked the first film and the third film manages to disappoint almost from jump: after a completely pointless opening sequence, the highlight of which is people running upside down and shooting, we’re treated to an endless series of missed opportunities. All of those neat questions you conceived from the enigmas in the second film? None of them are answered. And they’re not even not-answered in that, “Ooh, we’re being mysterious and mystical and cheerily obtuse” way–you know, the one that can be endearing and thought-provoking. No, no. They’re just not addressed. At all. Which is amazing, considering that this film is even “talkier” than the second–the difference being the second film’s dialogue had meat to it. This time around, we’re given nothing but third-rate overwrought “heart felt” garbage, with none of the philosophy or banter that makes the series function.

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The Matrix Reloaded (2003) – Movie Review

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Written and Directed by: The Brothers Wachowski
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Harold Perrineau

My Advice: Don’t Miss It.

In the latest installment, Neo (Reeves), having recently found out that he’s the savior of the human race (no pressure!), is having troubles sleeping. He keeps having dreams that his girlfriend and fellow asskicker, Trinity (Moss), is meeting her demise at the hands of Agents. Still with Morpheus (Fishburne) and now new crew member, Link (Perrineau), they’re all waiting for word from the Oracle (Gloria Foster) as to what the hell it is they’re supposed to do next. However, they’re going to be given some trouble by a rival captain in the human resistance (Harry Lennix) and also the return of Agent Smith (Weaving), who’s learned some new and deadly tricks.

I was afraid of this film; I admit it. I was afraid mostly because so much time had elapsed since the first film and so much had changed in the cinema, that the Wachowskis would miss their window of opportunity. Instead, I’m pleased to report, they pulled it off. One half of it, anyway. And the testicular fortitude required to pull off the film I’ve just seen boggles the mind. They knew the standard had been raised and they met it and leapt right over it.

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The Matrix (1999) – Movie Review

The Matrix movie poster

Written & Directed by: The Brothers Wachowski
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Ann Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Hugo Weaving

My Advice: Matinee.

Meet Thomas Anderson (Reeves), by day mild-mannered software programmer, by night “Neo,” a hacker extraordinaire. His life seems to be going fairly well, until he meets someone he was never expecting to: the uberhacker to end all uberhackers, the legendary Morpheus (Fishburne), and the man has a secret which will change Neo’s world forever. But the change is a hard choice that once made is nothing you can walk away from and potentially quite lethal.

Okay, here’s the few items of bad news I can impart. First of all, Reeves’ acting prowess hasn’t increased any. Second, the setup of Reeves’ character before the fit starts hitting the shan is measured in nanoseconds. Third, parts of the ending struck me as hurried and cheese-ridden.

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