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with_IN
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,_,
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,_,
cheesy_NN
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,_,
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,_,
terrible_JJ
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._.
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,_,
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godzilla_NN
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writing_NN
,_,
or_CC
both_RB
._.
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first_OD
glance_NN
,_,
the_DT
matrix_NN
,_,
larry_NP
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andy_NP
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sci-fi_???
/_SYM
kung-fu_???
/_SYM
shoot-em-up_???
spectacular_JJ
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looks_VBZ
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a_DT
prime_JJ
candidate_NN
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join_VB
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list_NN
of_IN
high-concept_NN
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movies_NNS
,_,
especially_RB
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dopey_NP
keanu_???
reeves_NP
in_CD
the_DT
leading_JJ
role_NN
._.
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high_JJ
levels_NNS
of_IN
cheese_NN
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gaudy_JJ
dialogue_NN
,_,
the_DT
matrix_NN
works_NN
._.
it_PP
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an_DT
uncanny_JJ
blend_NN
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action_NN
and_CC
surreal_NN
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dozens_NNS
of_IN
other_JJ
films_NNS
(_(
most_DT
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the_DT
terminator_NN
films_NNS
,_,
star_NN
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,_,
and_CC
total_JJ
recall_NN
)_)
,_,
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original_JJ
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interesting_JJ
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._.
reeves_NP
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neo_JJ
,_,
a_DT
computer_NN
hacker_NN
who_WP
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into_IN
an_DT
initially_RB
bewildering_JJ
set_NN
of_IN
encounters_NNS
with_IN
"_"
trinity_NN
"_"
(_(
carrie-anne_NP
moss_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
rival_JJ
hacker_NN
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supernatural_JJ
powers_NNS
and_CC
stunning_JJ
good_JJ
looks_NNS
,_,
a_DT
unseen_JJ
,_,
omniscient_JJ
cult_NN
figure_NN
known_VBN
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"_"
morpheus_NP
"_"
(_(
lawrence_NP
fishburne_NP
)_)
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
trio_NN
of_IN
creepy_JJ
men_NNS
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dark_JJ
suits_NNS
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act_VB
like_IN
irs_???
agents_NNS
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hell_NN
._.
neo_JJ
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the_DT
world_NN
he_PP
has_HVZ
known_VBN
all_PDT
his_PP$
life_NN
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
what_WDT
it_PP
seems_VBZ
._.
moreover_RB
,_,
he_PP
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that_CS
the_DT
grim_JJ
,_,
bleak_JJ
world_NN
he_PP
is_BEZ
introduced_VBN
to_IN
has_HVZ
been_BEN
waiting_VBG
for_IN
him_PP
to_IN
save_NN
it_PP
._.
neo_JJ
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assume_VB
the_DT
role_NN
of_IN
messiah_NN
,_,
with_IN
grave_NN
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he_PP
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actually_RB
"_"
the_DT
one_CD
"_"
prophesized_JJ
to_IN
come_VBN
and_CC
save_VB
the_DT
world_NN
._.
reluctant_JJ
or_CC
not_XNOT
,_,
what_WDT
follows_VBZ
is_BEZ
a_DT
mix_NN
of_IN
hong_NP
kong-style_NP
slow-motion_NP
shootouts_NNS
,_,
surreal_NN
dream_NN
sequences_NNS
,_,
high_JJ
speed_NN
chases_VBZ
,_,
and_CC
comic_NN
book_NN
kung-fu_???
fights_NNS
._.
the_DT
film_NN
also_RB
raises_VBZ
interesting_JJ
philosophical_JJ
questions_NNS
about_IN
reality_NN
._.
how_WRB
exactly_RB
do_DO
you_PP
know_VB
what_WDT
is_BEZ
real_JJ
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what_WDT
is_BEZ
in_IN
your_PP$
mind_NN
?_?
and_CC
if_CS
the_DT
real_JJ
world_NN
were_BED
much_RB
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and_CC
grim_JJ
than_CS
a_DT
fantasy_NN
one_CD
you_PP
were_BED
living_VBG
in_IN
,_,
would_MD
you_PP
want_VB
to_TO
face_VB
the_DT
true_JJ
world_NN
or_CC
continue_VB
to_IN
live_JJ
in_IN
a_DT
more_DT
comfortable_JJ
illusion_NN
?_?
unfortunately_RB
,_,
the_DT
matrix_NN
doesn't_DOZ
provide_VB
many_DT
answers_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
questions_NNS
it_PP
raises_VBZ
,_,
but_CC
at_IN
least_DT
it_PP
puts_VBZ
some_DT
ideas_NNS
behind_IN
all_PDT
the_DT
explosions_NNS
,_,
shoot-outs_NNS
,_,
and_CC
flying_JJ
roundhouse_NN
kicks_VBZ
._.
perhaps_RB
stealing_VBG
the_DT
entire_JJ
show_NN
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the_DT
matrix_NN
is_BEZ
australian_JJ
actor_NN
hugo_NP
weaving_NN
,_,
who_WP
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smith_NP
,_,
the_DT
leader_NN
of_IN
the_DT
creepy_JJ
agents_NNS
in_IN
sunglasses_NNS
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suits_NNS
who_WP
seem_VB
capable_JJ
of_IN
being_BEG
anywhere_RB
and_CC
doing_DOG
anything_PN
to_IN
stop_NN
neo_JJ
and_CC
friends_NNS
from_IN
destabilizing_VBG
the_DT
matrix_NN
._.
weaving_NN
's_POS
stony_JJ
appearance_NN
,_,
deadpan_NN
voice_NN
,_,
and_CC
chilling_JJ
comments_NNS
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a_DT
grim_JJ
human_JJ
face_NN
on_IN
the_DT
haunting_NN
,_,
evil_NN
technological_JJ
force_NN
that_CS
controls_NNS
the_DT
matrix_NN
._.
like_IN
robert_NP
patrick_NP
as_IN
the_DT
shapeshifting_NN
t-1000_???
terminator_NN
in_IN
terminator_NN
2_CD
:_:
judgement_NN
day_NN
,_,
weaving_NN
is_BEZ
more_DT
frightening_JJ
than_CS
any_DT
monstrous_JJ
alien_NN
or_CC
homicidal_JJ
robot_NN
because_CS
,_,
despite_IN
his_PP$
power_NN
and_CC
seeming_JJ
invincibility_NN
,_,
he_PP
looks_VBZ
ordinary_JJ
,_,
even_RB
scrawny_JJ
._.
weaving_NN
embodies_NNS
his_PP$
role_NN
with_IN
a_DT
memorably_RB
chilling_JJ
presence_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
features_NNS
some_DT
truly_RB
breathtaking_JJ
special_JJ
effects_NNS
and_CC
stylish_JJ
cinematography_NN
._.
it_PP
seems_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
deliberately_RB
kitchy_JJ
,_,
with_IN
stylized_JJ
fight_NN
sequences_NNS
directed_VBN
by_IN
hong_NP
kong_NP
stunt_NN
specialist_NN
wo_MD
ping_NN
that_CS
reportedly_RB
required_VBN
months_NNS
of_IN
martial_JJ
arts_NNS
training_NN
by_IN
the_DT
actors_NNS
._.
in_IN
a_DT
few_DT
scenes_NNS
,_,
the_DT
posing_VBG
and_CC
posturing_VBG
is_BEZ
unintentionally_RB
funny_JJ
._.
just_RB
seeing_VBG
keanu_???
reeves_NP
engaging_JJ
in_IN
serious_JJ
kung_???
fu_???
is_BEZ
a_DT
bit_NN
jarring_VBG
._.
however_RB
,_,
with_IN
the_DT
comic-book_NN
style_NN
and_CC
tone_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
you_PP
can_MD
sustain_VB
willing_JJ
disbelief_NN
long_JJ
enough_RB
to_TO
enjoy_VB
the_DT
ride_NN
without_IN
losing_VBG
patience_NN
._.
the_DT
matrix_NN
isn't_BEZ
a_DT
classic_JJ
._.
its_PP$
open-ended_JJ
and_CC
confusing_JJ
conclusion_NN
raises_VBZ
more_DT
questions_NNS
than_CS
it_PP
answers_VBZ
._.
it_PP
fails_VBZ
to_IN
resolve_VB
many_DT
of_IN
its_PP$
own_DT
plot_NN
twists_NNS
and_CC
philosophical_JJ
questions_NNS
._.
it_PP
also_RB
relies_VBZ
on_IN
some_DT
conventional_JJ
sentimentality_NN
to_IN
save_VB
the_DT
hero_NN
-_-
the_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
shmaltzy_???
feel-good_NN
goo_???
that_RB
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
avoids_VBZ
._.
reportedly_RB
,_,
the_DT
producers_NNS
have_HV
high_JJ
hopes_NNS
for_IN
the_DT
film_NN
being_BEG
the_DT
first_OD
in_IN
a_DT
trilogy_NN
and_CC
have_HV
already_RB
begun_VBN
work_NN
on_IN
the_DT
story_NN
for_IN
the_DT
sequel_NN
._.
unfortunately_RB
,_,
audiences_NNS
deserve_VB
a_DT
little_JJ
more_DT
than_CS
a_DT
vague_JJ
sense_NN
that_CS
the_DT
story_NN
will_MD
continue_VB
in_IN
the_DT
future_NN
._.
the_DT
matrix_NN
is_BEZ
an_DT
fun_NN
,_,
enjoyable_JJ
diversion_NN
,_,
like_IN
a_DT
big_JJ
puff_NN
of_IN
cotton_NN
candy_NN
at_IN
a_DT
carnival_NN
._.
just_RB
don't_DO
be_BE
surprised_JJ
half_NN
an_DT
hour_NN
later_RBR
when_CS
you_PP
still_RB
feel_VB
a_DT
little_JJ
hungry_JJ
._.