This is my entry into the CineTV contest 26, Worst Movie You've Seen. Link is here.
Name - The Matrix Resurrections
Released - 2021
Director - Lana Wachowski
The worst movie category is pretty hard to define because so many movies can easily fall into this category. Very often I would have a movie night with my wife and I would acquiesce and agree to some RomCom rubbish only for her to fall asleep after 5 minutes leaving me watching some of the worst movies of my life.
Luckily this traumatic experience helped me get through work the next day knowing that there is something worse than being stuck in a cubicle all day doing a job you hated. The only worse thing could be an episode of Grey's Anatomy, that would be real torture.
However, before I get to today's worst film, let's talk about the contenders. The first contender for me is Inglourious Basterds. I am usually a big fan of Tarantino's movies, but here he really created the biggest pile of crap of his career.
I loved Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, and the impressive Kill Bill. So many great things about those films and then to think that you might see a Tarantino film with Brad Pitt in it and it could be awesome like Fight Club or something. But in the end, it was something that was just totally unwatchable for me. It was so sterile and coming from Tarantino made it extra disappointing and a contender for the worst film of all time for me.
It's like Tarantino didn't learn anything from the film The Great Escape with Steve McQueen. Something called humility. Even the watchable Christoph Waltz couldn't save this film with his character's role and quips. It had none of the cinematic moments or quality that you had come to expect from his earlier films.
I don't know if it is have a go at Tarantino day because he was my favorite director for a long time, but his other movie Django Unchained is another big contender for a pile of crap too.
I was watching the film and I couldn't follow it at all. I couldn't relate to the characters or anything. It was all just so artificial and stale. If you would ask me what happened in the movie now, I couldn't tell you I was so bored out of my head by it.
Usually, I can watch anything with Big Head (aka Leonardo di Caprio) in it and Samuel L Jackson. But what another huge disappointment from Tarantino.
Anyway, onto the winner of worst film of all time for me. The Matrix Resurrections. Oh my god, how bad was it!? It wins because it was my worse cinema experience since I can remember.
me after watching this film
Admittedly my expectations were high. I am a huge fan of the matrix series. I loved the whole plot from the first few films. Agent Smith, Neo, The Oracle, and the pretty cool bad guys. Oh, and of course, the legend and one of my favorite actors of all time Laurence Fishbourne who plays the legendary Morpheus.
And where was he??! How can you have the matrix without Morpheus??
But I get it, none of them wanted to make the film, they were done with it, which is fine, but I wish I had not gone to the cinema to see it. Oh, man was it painful.
In the first half of the movie, nothing was happening or they were rehashing clips from the previous movies. We had the whole cinema to ourselves because it was still dangerous to leave your home because of the pandemic. We could really immerse ourselves in the film but instead, we were BORED out of our heads.
Usually, when I go to the cinema and a film isn't living up to my expectations, there has been something to make it worth to keep watching. I haven't EVER wanted to leave a film partly way through, or even like here after just 10 minutes because it was so bad.
Neo and Trinity looked like they were hating every minute of it. They didn't want to be there. I also didn't want to be there. When they weren't rehashing the old films the ridiculous plot was just even more farcical. This film just didn't need to get made.
At least with Top Gun Maverick, although an aged Tom Cruise jumping around with a pilot's jacket on at 60 going super-sonic is ridiculous, they still managed to somehow pull it off. Here it was an abysmal failure.
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