I’m wondering why Keanu Reeves accepted the lead role in this film because it’s so similar to the story line of his character, Neo, from The Matrix. I’ve seen and taught The Matrix so many times it’s not funny. I’ve only ever seen one other film more times than The Matrix and that’s The Neverending Story. So as I was watching this film, although clearly the main story line was different, I couldn’t help but think to myself: type-cast!
My point is that the “birth” of Reeves’ character in this film is lamely similar to Neo’s pod-awakening in The Matrix. And, he’s a “savior” in both films. I’m just saying that there oughta be some new ideas out there.
Honestly, the main thing I wanted to say about this film is a critique of filmmaking today: when did our imaginations become so non-functioning that filmmakers stopped making movies with metaphors in them? This film had no subtext. It was all clear: change your dirty ways, Earthlings, or you’ll kill the planet. I mean, are we that stupid that we have to have it told to us literally? Where’s the metaphor? Where’s the allegory? Where’s the thinking hard about it to figure things out?
I know what you’re thinking: but they were using allegory when they had the aliens come to kill us. Not good enough.
This all stood out the most especially with all of the politicians and their poor decision-making skills, like the intent-to-torture and their idiotic decisions to attack the sphere and its protector. Clearly, the filmmakers have captured the idiocy of politicians with this. Big surprise.
I guess what I’m saying here is that I’m disappointed that a filmmaker could type-cast Keanu Reeves using the Matrix model, and yet still make a crappy movie.