Mr. Watson! Come here! I want you!

26 February 2008

Some years ago, my friend Felix loaned to me his copies of two films, The Matrix (1999) and Equilibrium (2002). I'd not requested either, but he insisted that I take them and that he was in no rush to have them returned. Last April, I finally got around to watching the former; yester-day morning I watched the latter. I'd say that it was a very good film, though I wouldn't say that it was a great film in spite of my strong sympathy for its messages.

I will try not to belabor the extent to which the style of Equilibrium was strongly influenced by that of The Matrix, but I was amused to note that, whereäs The Matrix had a beautiful AE40 incorporated into the mechanism whereby Neo was extracted from the Matrix, Equilibrium included an AT&T WECo Model 302 (only part of which is shown in-frame) amongst the criminalized art.

I should re·watch Dark City (1998). I think that surely I must have missed a SC 1243 in there somewhere.

Addendum: The telephone that Murdoch answers about at about 4:40 into Dark City is an AT&T WECo Model 302.

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