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With news that Warner Bros. wants to revisit “The Matrix” hitting recently, speculation has run wild about what a new film would focus on.

Birth.Movies.Death. is reporting that a new Matrix film would center around a young Morpheus, with Michael B. Jordan starring.

Lawrence Fishburne played Morpheus in the original trilogy.

If true, it looks as though WB wants to tell more stories in the film’s universe instead of a straight reboot.

He brings up a good point. Apparently Andrew Garfield had conversations with director Marc Webb. We know Mary Jane Watson won’t be in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” but what if MJ didn’t stand for Mary Jane?

“I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ,” Garfield told EW. “And I was like, ‘What if MJ is a dude?’ Why can’t we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality? It’s hardly even groundbreaking! So why can’t he be gay? Why can’t he be into boys?”

Garfield went on to say that Michael B. Jordan from “The Wire” and “Friday Night Lights” would be a great candidate. I must say, it would be nice to see comic book films embrace that.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Chronicle” review

The fake documentary genre has been box office gold for the most part as of late. Is “Chronicle” a step in the right direction or another tired entry?

The Good

There are some good and interesting aspects going on in this film. Unlike “Kick Ass”, this feels like a very legitimate entry in regular people turned superheroes. Director Josh Trank, in his feature film debut, and writer Max Landis introduce to themselves in a big way. This is not an ordinary film. The teenagers in the film act…like real teenagers would likely act given the circumstances. It’s fun and games, teens goofing off, until the second half of the film turns dark.Then, it becomes a drama about a teen with some serious problems at home, at school, etc. And you know what? it works. The script, the story, it all works perfectly well. From the less serious and fun beginning to the sad, dramatic end, it all feels natural. Nothing feels forced.

Of course, the other important key to this working are the actors. Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights), Alex Russell and Dane DeHaan are all exceptional. I’ll give them credit, I never once thought about the fact that they were acting. It felt like a legitimate home movie type of deal.

The Bad

This isn’t a perfect film, but what film is? In all seriousness, however, it was very predictable. And, somehow a part of me wonders if the film would have lost any of its effect if it had been shot normally? I don’t think it would have. The found footage stuff is fun here, but, largely, unnecessary. That also takes away from the final confrontation, where it’s hard to follow what’s happening to who. Also, it’s very rushed and you can pretty much guess where this story’s going from the introduction.

The Final Word

A fun, fresh entry in the genre, “Chronicle” is an extremely nice surprise despite its predictable plot. Great fun, pretty tense and much better than expected, it may not be saying much right now, but “Chronicle” may be my favorite film of the year so far.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Red Tails review

George Lucas played a big role in the film “Red Tails” getting made. Is this an epic or an epic sized failure?

The Good

Visually, this film is pretty. The true story it’s based on, is both inspiring and amazing. There’s a few funny one-liners.

Oh, and it has one of my favorite young actors from “Friday Night Lights” in it, Michael B. Jordan.

The Bad

Unfortunately, that’s about where the good ends. Jordan is in the film for about one minute total. Why is his character in the film? I’ve thought about this for hours. He serves no purpose to the plot. He’s not a main or even secondary character. In fact, his character serves no purpose at all.

Also, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrance Howard get lead billing but they play relatively small roles. The leads go largely to the crew of pilots, led by Marty “Easy” Julian (Nate Parker), Joe “Lightning” Little (David Oyelowo), Ray “Ray Gun” Gannon (Tristan Wilds) and others. However, the lead actors range from way overly cheese to wooden and almost everything in between. Gooding Jr. and Howard give surprisingly phoned in performances.

Not that it’s all their fault. The script is…bad. It has every war film cliche in it from the cocky ace to the captain struggling to make decisions. One character battles with alcoholism. However, it only seems to affect him when it’s convenient for the film. All other times, he’s perfectly fine.

This film also shares a lot in common with “Flyboys” right down to one of the pilots falling for a woman where they are stationed at.

Perhaps the biggest problem I had with both “Flyboys” and “Red Tails” is it took its subject matter too lightly. It tried to be a light hearted action film set during a war. It should have been a war movie first. This is because “Red Tails” lacks enough exciting action that, say, “Top Gun” or “Stealth” has. And, quite frankly, the film would have you believe that by shooting down one particular German pilot was the main goal of the “Red Tails” during the war. It also seems to ignore all other events of the war. The issue of racism is handled surprisingly light. And, overall, frankly, it played out like a video game instead of a real war air fight. You can call exactly what’s going to happen to pretty much every character.

The Final Word

Disappointing doesn’t quite cover this film. Think of every great war film. How many of those took a light hearted, at times humorous, approach to its subject matter? I’m going to guess none. “Red Tails” is a wasted effort full of cliches, bad acting, bad writing and lazy film making all around. This is much closer to a “Pearl Harbor” sized disaster instead of a triumph.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.