The Wachowski Brothers were geniuses. Not only did they manage to make floor length black trenchcoats cool again, but 10 years after the original release, The Matrix is still mindblowingly awesome. In fact, The Matrix is so cool that even if they devoted the rest of their live to making movies like Aeon Flux, Catwoman and Elektra, their awesomeness would still rank well in positive numbers.
I’m not going to bother going into the plot here because if you’re reading this after seeing The Matrix I needn’t bother, and if you’ve got this far without seeing it, you need to go directly to your favourite dvd retailer, buy it, and come back after watching it. You may find you need to watch it a couple of times before you can drag yourself away from it though.
While some of the acting is pretty good, (not Keanu Reeves’ performance, but he just had to look pretty), it’s not the acting that makes the movie, it’s the special effects. The invention of “Bullet Time”, without which Max Payne would have just been another completely ordinary FPS, was a stroke of true genius, and allowed them to create gunfights that gave John Woo wet dreams.
The Matrix is one of those movies which causes me to feel great sadness that the dodginess and rewatchability scales only go up to 5. It just jumps from scenes that make you go “Wow” to ones that cause you to exclaim “Oh My God, that was sooooooo awesome!!1!1!!1!oneone” In case you hadn’t figured it out already, The Matrix scores a 5 on the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man index. Choosing the dodgiest moment in this movie feels like having to choose between puppies in a pet store. They’re all so good it doesn’t matter which one you choose you’ll still feel bad that you had to leave some behind. In the end, I had to look for the least dodgy moment, which is Mr Anderson getting into trouble for being late to work again. At this stage, you could still almost believe that this was going to be just another office-drone-cuts-loose movie.
The Matrix scores a 5 on the rewatchability rating, but really deserves more, pesky limited rating system. Normally, movies like this have a couple of scenes that make you want to rewatch the movie. The Matrix is not like this. The whole film makes you want to rewatch the movie. Even the scenes that progress the story rather than devolve into action orgasms are necessary as they allow you a chance to recover before another wave of toe-curling cinematography explodes on the screen in front of you.
You’re always tempted to go with the more common main stream quotations like “There is no spoon,” or “Why didn’t I take the blue pill?” when looking to quote a movie like the matrix. However, this would cause you to miss what is undoubtedly the best line in the film, “Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony.
Just remember, you can’t watch The Matrix, you have to experience it.
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