Crazy as it may sound, the plot’s core is increasingly less crazy each decade. AI on the horizon and Bostrom’s mind-blowing simulation argument must have been a punch on those that discredited the film years ago on account of its premiss and philosophy. Along with a well-paced narrative, the incredibly rich universe of Matrix unfolds like a roller coaster of genres before our eyes. A nostalgic game-changer.
20 years has past since Neo uttered his last words, "A world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you." The cinematic transgressiveness of the Matrix made you feel the future (of cinema). Since then, the death of cinema is imminent and as Mark Fisher writes "[...] from roughly 2003 to the present will be recognised [...] as the worst period for (popular) culture since the 1950s."
Considering that film form is a priori corrupted given the countless layers of digital simulations and the ghastly hyperboles of film genre hybridity, one can only discuss the Matrix in terms of its (fetishistically tied to) dystopian intimations. Instead of Baudrillard (who rightly took distance from the film) the film's themes go back to pre-fascist fascination with technicity. Reeves' saviour fulfills the lie.
The only limits that exist are those that go unquestioned by an individual. An allegory for coming out as transgender built on a foundation of anime and post-structuralist philosophy. The purposeful identification of the metropolis in The Matrix as Chicago places the story within a framework in which Sandburg's cynical notions of the "City of Big Shoulders" and Algren's opinions on its "hired air" are of real import.
The Matrix is the biggest leap sci-fi genre has taken since Kubrick's Space Odyssey and just like it, is immortal for its contribution to cinema. An ingenious combination of style & substance which with the help of its pioneering visual effects, thematic elements & action elevates itself. It's the remarkable balance between its depth philosophy, game-changing action and gripping plot that makes it a remarkable film.
(Revu en DVD...qualité pourrie, bravo Warner!) Film générationnel, matrice d'une foultitude de films d'action, le tout a plutôt bien vieilli (malgré des costumes hideux) et reste étonnamment sobre au vu des standards actuels, avec des scènes tjs marquantes (par ex. qd Neo s'extrait de la matrice). Le scénario complotiste à coups de délires scientifico-mystiques reflète un puissant courant de pensée de notre époque...
Set the bar for both sci-fi & action genres going into new millenium. Revolutionary filming techniques, "bullet time", + bringing HK wire fighting & anime visual influences mainstream. Descartes, Alice, & Marx. Still most notable cyberpunk film, 20yrs on. Action & most effects hold up, mix of practical&cgi. Weaving is real star, Fishburne great. Score aged the most poorly. "Y2K k00l" slowly creeps into cringe 4.25