The Matrix

We had to watch this movie in Bible class. I know you’re probably wondering why…so I’m going to enlighten you. We were given a sheet of 2 different worldviews & what they believe. Finding them was our goal. After finding them we had to write a 4 page paper on them. It was pretty hard! Now that we’ve cleared it up, let’s get to the review shall we? It’s rated R for violence and language. It stars Keanu Reeves as Neo, Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus, Carrie-Ann Moss as Trinity, Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith, Gloria Foster as the Oracle, Joe Pantoliano as Cypher, Marcus Chong as Tank, Julian Arahanga as Apoc, Matt Doran as Mouse, Belinda McClory as Switch, and Anthony Ray Parker as Dozer. Neo is the alias that Thomas Anderson uses when hacking. He gets paid by people to hack and burn copies of different softwares. One day his computer starts typing by itself while Neo is sleeping. It tells him to “follow the white rabbit”. A minute later a knock on his door is heard. He answers it & it’s a group of people who purchased software from him. One of the girls turns around & you see a white rabbit tattoo on her shoulder. Neo follows as he’s told. They go to a club where he meets Trinity. She was sent by Morpheus to bring Neo to him. When they meet, Neo is given a choice of 2 pills…red or blue. One reveals the truth to him while the other returns him to his bed & he forgets everything. He takes the one that reveals the truth to him. He’s taken out of the Matrix & into the real world by processes that I don’t care to discuss because it is quite graphic and gross in parts. Morpheus then trains Neo using software that can be “downloaded” into the individual by shock treatment…that’s Tank’s job. If you die in the Matrix, you die in the real world. The rest of the movie, Neo tries to come to a higher knowledge that he is “the One”. There are some shooting scenes & some pretty awesome effects! It’s rated R for a reason though. The movie made me think! If you want to think, see this movie!

A Knight’s Tale

Wow! I really enjoyed this movie! Before a couple of weeks ago, I had not seen the movie since it came out. I remembered parts but not all of it. It stars Heath Ledger as Sir William Thatcher, Rufus Sewell as Count Adhemar, Shannyn Sossamon as Lady Jocelyn, Paul Bettany as Geoffrey, Laura Fraser as Kate, Mark Addy as Roland, Alan Tudyk as Wat Falhurst, Berenice Bejo as Christiana, Scott Handy as Germaine, James Purefoy as Sir Thomas, & Christopher Cazenove as John Thatcher. It’s rated PG-13 for violence & sex-related discussions. William is a squire who loves jousting & is very good at it. His “master” dies & he suddenly has no job…so he goes off with his 2 friends Roland & Wat. They meet this guy who gives William a fake family history so he can pull of knighthood. Since he’s good at jousting, he makes money which he needs. William then becomes Sir Ulrich von Lichtenstein. He has to keep up this act if he wants to joust because only men from noble or royal families competed in this sport. He falls in love with Lady Jocelyn during his travels. The rest of the movie is about him trying to win her over & how he does it is very sweet! You’ll have to see the movie to find out how he does it though because I’m not one to spoil endings. Enjoy!

The Illusionist

2845.jpgI absolutely loved this movie! It stars Edward Norton as Eisenheim, Paul Giamatti as Chief Inspector Uhl, Jessica Biel as Duchess Sophie von Teschen, and Rufus Sewell as Crown Prince Leopold. It’s rated PG-13 for sexual content and some language. It fascinated me from the beginning. Sophie and Eisenheim were childhood friends who fell in love but then were forced apart. Eisenheim traveled the world for many years before they were reunited. He recognized her but she didn’t recognize him…at first. She is engaged to Crown Prince Leopold when they meet again but she doesn’t love Leopold. They fall in love again and spend the rest of the movie trying to escape the grasp of the Crown Prince. Sophie is murdered and the plot gets better from there. I can’t say anymore because I don’t want to spoil it. I recommend this movie to anyone interested in the art of illusion and also anyone who loves a good romantic storyline. Let me know your thoughts on it!

Michael Clayton

michael-clayton-poster.jpgThis was the most confusing movie I’ve ever seen! It stars George Clooney & is rated R for language & sexual references. It starts out with George’s character driving along & then parking on the side of the road. He gets out of his car & walks up the hill where 3 horses are standing. All of a sudden, his car blows up! That’s where the confusion began! After the explosion, the words “four days earlier” flash on the screen. I groaned. I hate it when movies or tv shows begin that way! Anyway, in one scene his son tells him about this book he had read. The book is brought up several times giving me the hint that the book is significant. I can’t really tell you about anything else or I may ruin it for you! I don’t really recommend it to anyone! Let me know your thoughts! 

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

ntbos1.jpgThis excellent movie stars: Nicholas Cage as Benjamin Franklin Gates, Jon Voigt as Patrick Gates, Diane Kruger as Abigail Chase, Justin Bartha as Riley Poole, Ed Harris as Mitch Wilkinson, Helen Mirren as Emily Appleton, Harvey Keitel as Agent Sadusky, and Bruce Greenwood as The President. It’s rated PG for thematic images. It is definitely one of Disney’s best movies ever! The first one wasn’t quite as exciting as this one. Don’t get me wrong, the first one rocked, but this one had more action and had me on the edge of my seat the whole time! I loved the storyline! Once again they bring up the thought of a government conspiracy. Things like this have always seemed very interesting to me anyway, so I was into it from the get go! It starts out in the era of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. It shows him getting murdered in the Ford Theater and a man escaping. As the story progresses, we find out that Ben’s great-great-grandfather is now a suspect in the conspiracy and murder of President Abraham Lincoln. They spend the remainder of the movie trying to prove the Gates family, mainly Thomas, innocent. I don’t want to ruin it for anyone so I won’t tell you everything but there is one and only one detail that can clear their name. I definitely recommend this movie to anyone who liked the first one and who is a fan of Disney. The actors had a definite chemistry and it showed! They seemed to be closer this film than the last one but that’s expected since they know each other better now. It’s a family film and so worth paying to see it in theaters!

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

potc3.jpgThis has to be my fave of the trilogy! It stars Johnny Depp, Keira Knightly, Orlando Bloom, & Geoffrey Rush. It’s rated PG-13 for violence. The end was a complete shock to me! So much of a shock that I actually cried! I think that the 2nd movie wasn’t as good as the 1st & 3rd! This one is the longest of the trilogy being almost 3 hours long! I started watching it at like 10 PM & finished it at almost 1 AM! I am so glad I got it for my birthday! Thanks to my mom for rocking at picking out movies for me! I thought the action & graphics in this movie were so much better! There is one affect that multiplies Captain Jack & it looks so real! I think there has to be a 4th movie! It ended so oddly that it definitely has the potential to begin a 4th! I recommend this movie to all the Pirates fans of the world! In my opinion, the actors have become 1 with their roles & that’s what makes the movie so great!