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Missouri running back Damarea Crockett learns the true nature of reality in “Damatrix”

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"Crockett's shining performance is overshadowed by a dark cloud of ineptitude which plagues the entire game."

Plot Summary

A running back learns the true nature of his reality as well as his role on a team fighting a losing war against itself.

My Review

2 Stars (out of 5) "You're killin' me, Smalls"

Despite its convoluted nature, this was fun to watch… at times… mostly early on… and by "fun" I mean "meh." And if I'm being honest; I'm not certain I completely followed the story, either.

For example, a team puts up 740 yards of total offense but turns out to be the undeniable loser. Seven hundred and freaking forty! Another plot point that flew way over my head is an odd, cringe-worthy post-credits scene involving some sort of "Life Championship" supposedly integral to the story but is never fully explained - perhaps for the best.

Those are just a couple of the many logic-defying occurrences from a game so confusing, so overly complicated and so damn frustrating it should come with a disclaimer reading "If consumed; may cause abdominal distress, ear bleeds, uncontrollable bouts of clichés and an inconceivable number of sexual side effects."

Don't bother trying to make sense of it, either. Trust me, it's simply not worth your time.

Damarea Crockett stars in Damatrix as Da One — a young man realizing the full potential of his powers which he will one day wield while leading his people to victory over the football overlords.

Damarea is the future/the truth/the one for Mizzou football and a tour de force, to be sure. Unfortunately, Crockett's star-shining performance is overshadowed by a dark cloud of ineptitude which plagues the entire game. He is pretty damn fun to watch, though.

There just aren't many positives to extract from Damatrix, or for that matter Barry Odom's entire 2016 Criterion Collection. My favorite part of this whole mess of a game, however, would have to be the flashback scene. We are transported back in time, before the game starts, and catch a glimpse of a masked man being offered two pills: one red, one blue. The red pill represents a significantly improved, yet shaky offense while the blue pill apparently wipes one's memory clean of any and all defensive knowledge.

In hindsight, it's rather funny and turns out to be the most coherent, soberly telling moment of the game.

"This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the red pill - your offense becomes a Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed remembering nothing about defense. Remember: all I'm offering is the truth. Nothing mo-- HEY! You can't take both pills!"

Summary: Appealing aesthetic and star power (Crockett) are not enough to overcome the lack of depth and many head-scratching shortcomings of Damatrix. While occasionally cool to look at; the product as a whole is a dispirited eye sore.

What do you think? Rate the game below using the Smalls-o-meter and find out what the rest of Mizzou Nation thinks.

Rock M Review Ratings

*You're killin' it, Smalls (60% or more Mizzou fans rate the game positively)

*You're killin' me, Smalls (59% or fewer Mizzou fans rate the game positively)

Watch (or don't):

Genre: Sci-Fi/Adventure | Rated M (for meh)

Starring: Damarea Crockett

Featuring: Joshua Dobbs as Mr. Dobbs

Produced by: Josh Heupel and DeMontie Cross

Directed by: Barry Odom