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Movie Jail: This week's defendant is...Carrie-Anne Moss!

Feb. 3, 2014by: Jesse Giroux

Movie Jail

This is Movie Jail, a unique maximum security prison that houses some of the worst writers, directors, actors and producers from Hollywood and beyond. Their crimes? The offenses vary from convict to convict but most of these inmates have contributed negatively to the film world to some capacity and his or her misdeeds have covered a long enough period of time that the authorities had to intervene. In each column a defendant is put on trial, arguments are made, and then it is up to YOU, the jury, to decide if the person is guilty or not guilty of crimes against cinema. Their lives are in your hands, dude.

The Defendant

The Case

The Prosecution: Knife Fight, Silent Hill: Revelation, Fireflies in the Garden, Love Hurts, Normal, The Chumscrubber, Suspect Zero, Red Planet, The Crew

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, when The Matrix and its sequels hit theaters in the late 90s and early 00s, the prosecution thought Carrie-Anne Moss was poised to become a huge star. The actress had also starred in Christopher Nolan's breakout film Memento, and had a supporting role in the Academy Award nominated movie Chocolat, so like many, the prosecution believed Miss Moss had a bright future ahead of her. So what in the hell happened?

The second and third Matrix films weren't as well received as the original, but the prosecution isn't going to blame Miss Moss for those movies' failures, because there were many big problems with those films, and the actress still did a pretty good job. The prosecution is sure most of the people working in Hollywood would also agree, so why didn't Miss Moss become a bigger star?

The problem is the actress has often been cast in completely unremarkable films that do little to help further her career. Knife Fight? Love Hurts? Have any of you even heard of these movies, let alone seen them? Well, you're not missing much. The other issue has been the size of Miss Moss' roles in her movies. How did she go from being one of the leads in a huge franchise to playing Kale's mother in Disturbia? Miss Moss has proven she's a talented actress, yet rarely gets a chance to show off her skills. The defense is probably going to argue she hasn't been in many films that are downright terrible, but isn't wasting your talents in mediocre movies almost just as bad? There are some that really like The Chumscrubber even if critics didn't love it, but almost any actress could have played Miss Moss' part, and she didn't bring anything to the role. Also for the record, some of Miss Moss' movies have been pretty awful, like Red Planet and Suspect Zero.

Miss Moss has also done some work in television, but nothing too impressive or memorable. The prosecution understands it can be harder for an actress to find great roles as they get older, but there are others that have had no problems getting great parts. Or at least parts better than playing Emily Browning's Mom in Paul W.S. Anderson's upcoming Pompeii. The jury might think Miss Moss isn't guilty of starring in too many horrible films, but she is guilty of letting her talents go to waste, and because of that, the prosecution believes she needs to spend some time in Movie Jail.

The Defense: Disturbia, Mini's First Time, Snow Cake, Unthinkable, Fido, The Matrix series, Chocolat, Memento

Ladies and gentlemen, one thing the defense has always believed when it comes to Movie Jail is someone can't go to prison for not appearing in movies. Miss Moss really hasn't starred in that many films since The Matrix Revolutions, and when she has, most of her parts have been small. This doesn't mean she should immediately be found not guilty by the jury, but we should actually take a look at her movie roles as of late, and not just assume that since she hasn't been in any big or important films recently, we should throw her ass in jail.

The prosecution already brought up The Chumscrubber, but the defense feels Miss Moss was excellent in it, even if the role wasn't that big. Some of her other performances have been great, but few people have seen her films to appreciate them. Snow Cake is a perfect example of a very good film with a strong performance by the actress, and it's unfortunate more people haven't seen the movie. Same goes for Mini's First Time and Fido.

Did the prosecution expect Miss Moss to only do action movies or something after the last Matrix movie was released? The defense thinks the actress should actually be applauded for not sticking to only one genre of movies, and there is quite a bit of diversity to her filmography as well.

The jury might still be wondering though why Miss Moss hasn't appeared in more films. Well, she has three kids, born in 2003, 2005, and 2009, so she's obviously been a little busy this past decade raising children. But she's still managed to do some good work during that time, and the defense thinks there are plenty of future projects that would be excellent for Miss Moss. How pumped would you be if she was cast in a new Marvel movie, or if Christopher Nolan announced he will be working with her again on a new project?

Trinity still gets this movie nerd excited, and the defense is positive he's not the only one. Putting Miss Moss behind bars would be the real crime, and I doubt the jury is going to send her to Movie Jail.

IN CLOSING...

Should Miss Moss be sent to Movie Jail because of her recent weak films, or is she just doing the best she can as working actress and as a mother with three kids? Should we expect more from the actress, or do you think she's done plenty of great, if underseen, work? Is Carrie-Anne Moss GUILTY or NOT GUILTY?

COMMENT BELOW WITH YOUR VERDICT!

*The cases for and against a defendant going to Movie Jail by the author are not necessarily his views and opinions but they are some of the beliefs that one would use to effectively make an argument for both sides. Not quite a devil's advocate but you get the point. Anyways, this is all in fun so don't take it too seriously. We have a separate jail for those people called "Troll Tower" and believe me you do NOT want to go there.

WHAT SAY YOU, GUILTY OR NOT?

LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

The jury gave Renny Harlin the long kiss goodnight in last week's trial, declaring the director GUILTY of all charges. Some tried defending Mr. Harlin by pointing to his awesome early films, but most of the jury commented that he hasn't done anything great in a long time, and his most recent films have been garbage. Hopefully Mr. Harlin will return to directing exciting action movies once his sentence is up.

PREVIOUS VERDICTS

GUILTY Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, Vince Vaughn, Tim Burton, The Farrelly Brothers, Michael Bay, Jessica Alba, Ice Cube, Gerard Butler, Halle Berry, Marlon Wayans, Julia Roberts, M. Night Shyamalan , Katherine Heigl , Cuba Gooding, Jr. , Tyler Perry, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Ashton Kutcher, Happy Madison Productions, Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Willis, Paul W.S. Anderson, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brett Ratner, Rob Cohen, Renee Zellweger, Shia LaBeouf, Renny Harlin

NOT GUILTY Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Nic Cage, John Travolta, Oliver Stone, Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey, Wes Craven, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Rodriguez, Kristen Stewart, Roland Emmerich, Kevin Costner, Sandra Bullock, Hilary Swank, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, Kevin Smith, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Anna Faris, Robin Williams, Charlize Theron, Ray Liotta, Jason Statham, Paul Walker, Will Smith, Salma Hayek, Michael Cera, Johnny Depp, Ryan Reynolds, Milla Jovovich, John Singleton, Jon Voight, Jack Black, Brian De Palma, Jerry Bruckheimer, Nicole Kidman, Justin Timberlake, Freddy Krueger (Halloween Special), Johnny Knoxville, Orlando Bloom, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dan Aykroyd, Sylvester Stallone, Gavin Hood, Jason Lee, Jennifer Garner

Extra Tidbit: Who should stand trial next week? Share your suggestions for actors, directors and writers below with your verdict!
Source: JoBlo.com

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11:14AM on 02/04/2014

NOT GUILTY

Simply for the fact that she is in Memento; one of my favorite films of all time. It would be preposterous for me to convict her for that.
Simply for the fact that she is in Memento; one of my favorite films of all time. It would be preposterous for me to convict her for that.
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2:16AM on 02/04/2014

well for her age

she looks great, she hit her stride in her 30s, while most women find it hard to find work by that time. She's staring in Pompeii which will come out in a few weeks. Not guilty for now.
she looks great, she hit her stride in her 30s, while most women find it hard to find work by that time. She's staring in Pompeii which will come out in a few weeks. Not guilty for now.
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12:18AM on 02/04/2014

Does it matter?

Pretty sure she's already in movie jail, either way don't care. Guilty.
Pretty sure she's already in movie jail, either way don't care. Guilty.
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3:11PM on 02/03/2014
am I the only one who thinks shes guilty?
fair enough as career choices go shes done well for herself but when it comes to movie jail she has to be guilty surely
am I the only one who thinks shes guilty?
fair enough as career choices go shes done well for herself but when it comes to movie jail she has to be guilty surely
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2:24PM on 02/03/2014

Not Guilty

Seriously, her career isn't going that great anyway, why kick her when she's down? Leave the poor woman alone.
On a side note, her tits look delicious in that last pic.
Seriously, her career isn't going that great anyway, why kick her when she's down? Leave the poor woman alone.
On a side note, her tits look delicious in that last pic.
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2:08PM on 02/03/2014

Not Guilty

Nope. No fucking way.
Nope. No fucking way.
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1:41PM on 02/03/2014

Not Guilty

Somewhat biased on this, I suppose... she can show up anywhere she wants and I will enjoy her presence. Wish she were more prominent.
Somewhat biased on this, I suppose... she can show up anywhere she wants and I will enjoy her presence. Wish she were more prominent.
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12:59PM on 02/03/2014

Not Guilty

She's usually the best thing about any movie she's in. And Red Planet wasn't a bad movie damnit!!!! It was a helluva a lot better than Mission to Mars.
She's usually the best thing about any movie she's in. And Red Planet wasn't a bad movie damnit!!!! It was a helluva a lot better than Mission to Mars.
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12:16PM on 02/03/2014

Not guilty!

Great quote: "I don't want to be the leather clad, kicking butt girl with another name. It would be like cheating on Trinity."
Great quote: "I don't want to be the leather clad, kicking butt girl with another name. It would be like cheating on Trinity."
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11:39AM on 02/03/2014
According to celebritynetworth.com she has $1.5 million. If she's really only worth $1.5 million then…wow. I mean, she's been doing mostly indies and did nothing to establish herself as a star. However, you would think she would've either been given at least ONE major starring or supporting role post-Matrix or maybe gotten a television series, something…Nope. I think she wound up in a ton of unremarkable indies playing incredibly bland characters. She's definitely had a strange career. Pretty
According to celebritynetworth.com she has $1.5 million. If she's really only worth $1.5 million then…wow. I mean, she's been doing mostly indies and did nothing to establish herself as a star. However, you would think she would've either been given at least ONE major starring or supporting role post-Matrix or maybe gotten a television series, something…Nope. I think she wound up in a ton of unremarkable indies playing incredibly bland characters. She's definitely had a strange career. Pretty much the only non-established actor to play a main character in the Matrix, then nothing much since then. Maybe, for whatever reason, Hollywood just isn't interested in what she's offering.
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11:26AM on 02/03/2014

Red Planet is a good movie

Red Planet was much better than Mission to Mars which came out the same year. Mission to Mars was garbage. Granted, Red Planet only scored 14% on Rotten Tomatoes. Perhaps the movie was too smart for its own good and reviewers were left wondering where the Little Green Men were.

So, not guilty.
Red Planet was much better than Mission to Mars which came out the same year. Mission to Mars was garbage. Granted, Red Planet only scored 14% on Rotten Tomatoes. Perhaps the movie was too smart for its own good and reviewers were left wondering where the Little Green Men were.

So, not guilty.
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11:17AM on 02/03/2014

Girl's gotta eat

It doesn't really matter what movies she is in. Fact is: she never was that big a deal. Even after the Matrix she didn't rise to A-list stardom. Now she is an actress in her mid fourties without a big name that draws audiences to the cinemas. I guess she can't really be that picky with her roles.

So leave the movie jail's cells free for actors who are big enough to pick their roles and make bad choices - not the ones who have little choice with just unremarkable outcomes.
It doesn't really matter what movies she is in. Fact is: she never was that big a deal. Even after the Matrix she didn't rise to A-list stardom. Now she is an actress in her mid fourties without a big name that draws audiences to the cinemas. I guess she can't really be that picky with her roles.

So leave the movie jail's cells free for actors who are big enough to pick their roles and make bad choices - not the ones who have little choice with just unremarkable outcomes.
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11:08AM on 02/03/2014

Not guilty

If anything, she deserves more roles!
If anything, she deserves more roles!
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10:51AM on 02/03/2014

Not guilty.

"The problem is the actress has often been cast in completely unremarkable films that do little to help further her career."

That's the problem with so many in this column. It's a bullshit reason to put them on trial. Her movies haven't been embarrassingly bad. They're just "unremarkable." While I will join you in bemoaning her lack of success and/or quality films, that in and of itself is not enough to convince me she's in need of convicting. Did she do something in these movies that made
"The problem is the actress has often been cast in completely unremarkable films that do little to help further her career."

That's the problem with so many in this column. It's a bullshit reason to put them on trial. Her movies haven't been embarrassingly bad. They're just "unremarkable." While I will join you in bemoaning her lack of success and/or quality films, that in and of itself is not enough to convince me she's in need of convicting. Did she do something in these movies that made them MORE mediocre than they were already? Being irrelevant is not the same as being guilty.

And since it comes up every week without fail, why haven't you tried Kate Beckinsale yet?
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11:10AM on 02/03/2014
Probably because they think Beckinsale's trial would go like Milla Jovovich's: Guys will say she's Not Guilty for being a sexy badass, even if her movies suck.
Probably because they think Beckinsale's trial would go like Milla Jovovich's: Guys will say she's Not Guilty for being a sexy badass, even if her movies suck.
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10:40AM on 02/03/2014

I PASS.

I haven't seen enough of those movies to judge her as an overall actress. Yes, MEMENTO is my favorite movie, but it's not like I was blown away by her acting. I did like her in CHOCOLAT and MATRIX 1, but most of the performances in MATRIX 3 sucked. I barely remember her in DISTURBIA. She actually did an OK job in her incredibly small role in FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN. SILENT HILL 2 was terrible but not because of her.

Next week: Kate Beckinsale, Diane Keaton, Robert Luketic, Andrew Niccol,
I haven't seen enough of those movies to judge her as an overall actress. Yes, MEMENTO is my favorite movie, but it's not like I was blown away by her acting. I did like her in CHOCOLAT and MATRIX 1, but most of the performances in MATRIX 3 sucked. I barely remember her in DISTURBIA. She actually did an OK job in her incredibly small role in FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN. SILENT HILL 2 was terrible but not because of her.

Next week: Kate Beckinsale, Diane Keaton, Robert Luketic, Andrew Niccol, Ridley Scott, Sigourney Weaver, or, current Razzie nominees Dennis Dugan or David Spade.
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10:16AM on 02/03/2014
It's hard to say but I'd say not guilty. She just can't find good roles. Her character in Silent Hill: Revelations was quite good but the whole movie wasn't.
It's hard to say but I'd say not guilty. She just can't find good roles. Her character in Silent Hill: Revelations was quite good but the whole movie wasn't.
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9:50AM on 02/03/2014

I'll vote not guilty...

...if Mrs. Moss promises not to do any more crappy films like Suspect Zero. Deal?

BTW, I assume you've saving Angelina Jolie's trial for closer to Maleficent's release date, yes?
...if Mrs. Moss promises not to do any more crappy films like Suspect Zero. Deal?

BTW, I assume you've saving Angelina Jolie's trial for closer to Maleficent's release date, yes?
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9:12AM on 02/03/2014

Not Guilty

because she's been really enjoyable in everything I've seen her in. But man she missed the boat on becoming a great actress in Hollywood.
because she's been really enjoyable in everything I've seen her in. But man she missed the boat on becoming a great actress in Hollywood.
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8:52AM on 02/03/2014

Guilty

A career in the dumps is hard to drag your self out of when there are so many new actors and actresses coming on to the seen and the lack of roles for women her age.
A career in the dumps is hard to drag your self out of when there are so many new actors and actresses coming on to the seen and the lack of roles for women her age.
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10:41AM on 02/03/2014
So you're gonna kick 'em while they're down?
So you're gonna kick 'em while they're down?
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8:50AM on 02/03/2014
I still can't believe that the previous "jury" found Kristen Stewart NOT guilty, while Julia Roberts was concidered guilty...

BTW, I think Carrie Ann Moss is NOT guilty.
I still can't believe that the previous "jury" found Kristen Stewart NOT guilty, while Julia Roberts was concidered guilty...

BTW, I think Carrie Ann Moss is NOT guilty.
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9:14AM on 02/03/2014
Let's just say Miss.Stewart gets around
Let's just say Miss.Stewart gets around
8:45AM on 02/03/2014

Not Guilty But...

While "Suspect Zero" is one of the worst 'thrillers' (that term is used very loosely here) I have ever seen, and yeah, her performance in the brilliant "The Chumscrubber" is serviceable and nothing more, she has never truly committed a movie crime.

However, I also kind of sort of entirely forgot she existed until this trial popped up, which is a bad thing. I respect her slowing things down to raise a family, and her doing various genres across the board to not be pigeonholed, but she could
While "Suspect Zero" is one of the worst 'thrillers' (that term is used very loosely here) I have ever seen, and yeah, her performance in the brilliant "The Chumscrubber" is serviceable and nothing more, she has never truly committed a movie crime.

However, I also kind of sort of entirely forgot she existed until this trial popped up, which is a bad thing. I respect her slowing things down to raise a family, and her doing various genres across the board to not be pigeonholed, but she could have used her Memento (critical) and Matrix (box office) clout to do something truly outstanding, to show the aiudoence why she became an actress but she didn't. She's a blank slate, serviceable but never memorable.
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8:24AM on 02/03/2014
Not guilty, and I really want her to play a Sarah Connor-type action Mom character.
Not guilty, and I really want her to play a Sarah Connor-type action Mom character.
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10:43AM on 02/03/2014
She could totally pull that off.
She could totally pull that off.
8:18AM on 02/03/2014
She is not Gulity...but jeez where has she been? she needs to be relevant again
She is not Gulity...but jeez where has she been? she needs to be relevant again
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7:52AM on 02/03/2014

Not Guilty...

Being the subject of my fantasies for a long time now and always putting out a solid performance despite some shit movies here and there, I say not guilty and will continue wishing that she would bend my spoon.
Being the subject of my fantasies for a long time now and always putting out a solid performance despite some shit movies here and there, I say not guilty and will continue wishing that she would bend my spoon.
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7:50AM on 02/03/2014

NOT GUILTY

Wait till Neo finds out.
Wait till Neo finds out.
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7:26AM on 02/03/2014

Not Guilty

She was in The Matrix, the Mass Effect series, Memento, Fido, and most importantly, she's just cool. I've noticed a dearth of performance from her, but none of the performances have been bad. Her role in Mass Effect 2 and 3 was totally badass, even though the character barely did anything, just from Moss's voice acting. That's pretty damn impressive. And one can't ignore that Trinity is awesome. Definitely not guilty.
She was in The Matrix, the Mass Effect series, Memento, Fido, and most importantly, she's just cool. I've noticed a dearth of performance from her, but none of the performances have been bad. Her role in Mass Effect 2 and 3 was totally badass, even though the character barely did anything, just from Moss's voice acting. That's pretty damn impressive. And one can't ignore that Trinity is awesome. Definitely not guilty.
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7:22AM on 02/03/2014

Not Guilty but...


She was top billed in some great movies, and the not so good movies are not something to be ashamed of...
Unfortenately for her, she didn't became a great star after The Matrix Trilogiy, she didn't benefit that fame and now, after a more than a decade of so-so movies, the casual movie goer does'nt even know her name.
Maybe POMPEI 3D will be the occasion to shine again...

She was top billed in some great movies, and the not so good movies are not something to be ashamed of...
Unfortenately for her, she didn't became a great star after The Matrix Trilogiy, she didn't benefit that fame and now, after a more than a decade of so-so movies, the casual movie goer does'nt even know her name.
Maybe POMPEI 3D will be the occasion to shine again...
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7:21AM on 02/03/2014

Not... relevant

It's kind of a weird choice because she hasn't been relevant since the Matrix. She had some decent success with movies outside of that franchise - like Memento, Disturbia or the underrated Unthinkable - but I honestly can't say either way whether she is guilty or not. She just isn't important in the film business anymore
It's kind of a weird choice because she hasn't been relevant since the Matrix. She had some decent success with movies outside of that franchise - like Memento, Disturbia or the underrated Unthinkable - but I honestly can't say either way whether she is guilty or not. She just isn't important in the film business anymore
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7:37AM on 02/03/2014
Exactly.
Exactly.
7:20AM on 02/03/2014

Not guilty

Simply because of the fact it seems she was destined to do The matrix trilogy and thats it. Shes mostly been relegated to low budget or DTV movies. Not that thats a bad thing. Just shes never had leading lady qualities or (dare I say it) looks. Shes completely serviceable in any role, but other than a few theatrical releases every few years (Red Planet. Disturbia etc) I dont expect much from her. I cant condemn her to movie jail when she hasnt commited any movie crime. Its not like she went
Simply because of the fact it seems she was destined to do The matrix trilogy and thats it. Shes mostly been relegated to low budget or DTV movies. Not that thats a bad thing. Just shes never had leading lady qualities or (dare I say it) looks. Shes completely serviceable in any role, but other than a few theatrical releases every few years (Red Planet. Disturbia etc) I dont expect much from her. I cant condemn her to movie jail when she hasnt commited any movie crime. Its not like she went from a decade or two of amaZing cinema and then took garbage roles for a paycheck. Shes always been in average films (save for a lucky turn in the matrix). Not guilty
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