Computer hacker Neo discovers that reality as we know it is a simulation used to control the human population. With this new knowledge he must join the rebellion to fight this, even if it means accepting a life of danger.
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After a recent theatrical screening, "The Matrix" still proves lightyears ahead of the modern Hollywood blockbuster with thoughtful writing, superb performances, stellar production design, and a driving score from Don Davis. Ironically, it's the action sequences that feel the most dated, while the storytelling remains surprisingly intelligent and even moving in its exploration of faith, love, and sacrifice.
The Matrix provides plenty of fodder for conversation when viewed as a "film about film." The visual effects and cinematographic stunts are very much "of the time" but the style is slick and unforgettable.
For me Matrix is the trilogy. No, not even the trilogy, Animatrix is part of it. It only made sense, the story only made sense, after I watched all three movies. And the animations did help me immerse in the universe. A critic might say that the story could be told in a single movie. And that the animations are more interesting than the movies. And there might be a point there. But what fun wtaching all that.
Sci-fi may not be my favourite genre, but when it's done right I really appreciate it. I remember seeing "The Matrix" as a kid, and at the time I was so crazy about everything there. Now, more than 10 years later, I look at it with different eyes... but despite all the kung fu and Neo-turned-Superman in the end, this is still brutally creative, visually stunning, intellectually stimulating. A classic for the ages!
I was a kid when it came up and at the time I didn't fancy it at all. Rewatching it now felt like a déjà vu from a distant past, but somehow more entertaining and brain-twister, with awesome action scenes and not-too-dated-special-effects. Overrated? Maybe, but worth watching.