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We revisit the 1999 Classic Pre Matrix 4

Cypher, Morpheus, Neo and Trinity pose together on the poster for The Matrix.

A cut of the poster for The Matrix.
Picture: Warner Bros.

To see The Matrix for the first time was one of the most formative experiences in my personal movie journey. It was a few weeks before the release, the movie was shown early in my college, and everyone gathered for the random, free Keanu Reeves movie. No one knew what we were going for. A few minutes later, the film history changed right before our eyes. (I wrote about that for a long time here). For that reason, and many others beyond that, Matrix nostalgia has a special place in my heart. I might be a big one Star wars fan, but I did not see the originals in the theater. To The Matrix, I was there right from the beginning, and as a result, it’s a powerful experience to re-watch the film now.

Obviously, I’m not alone in that feeling. The story has certainly been kind to The Matrix. The film is recorded Reeves to action superstar (Velocity helped of course also), made well-known names on groundbreaking instructors than Wachowksis, and increased the ante in terms of sci-fi visual effects with the invention of “bullet time.” But somehow, none of that stands out watching the 1999 film on the eve of the franchise’s return. Instead, what stands out is how inventive, brave and thoughtful the ideas in the film are. It’s a movie that has such a strong voice. This voice is to say things many people had never heard before. Meanwhile, the movie execute these ideas with a confidence in your face that makes the experience captivating, even without all the action scenery and visual effects. But when you also add them, it just brings everything to another level.

IN The Matrix, we meet Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves), office worker by day, hacker by night. His hacker name is Neo, and Neo is approached by a man named Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) with the promise of a mysterious truth. What Neo finds, however, is more than he had anticipated. Morpheus reveals that Neo, and everyone else in the world, actually all live in a digital simulation called “The Matrix.” Their minds think they are living normal lives, but in fact, artificially intelligent machines have taken over the real world for years back and have used human bodies for their energy. Morpheus believes that Neo is “The One”, a creature born inside IThe Matrix and the only one who can defeat the machines. A bunch of helicopter crashes, gun fights and close calls later, this belief is revealed to be accurate as Neo, aka t.he One, defeats one of tMatrix’s unstoppable, ubiquitous figures of authority, Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), for the first time in history. Roll credits, cue Rage Against the Machine song.

Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus

Red or blue?
Picture: Warner Bros.

When I wrote this short summary, I could not help but imagine the look on the faces of executives at Warner Bros. when they first got the idea. You have to imagine that they were positively amazed. “Do you want us to pay for a movie about what?” In fact in Brian Raftery’s book Best. Movie. Year. Ever, manufacturer and thenWarner Bros. Director Lorenzo DiBonaventura is quoted as explaining this exact situation. “No one understood that,” he said. “[Executives] would go ‘How does this work? I’m sitting in a room, but I actually live in a machine? What the hell are we doing? ”

And yet in the end, thanks to a detailed presentation filled with detailed concept art and Warner Bros. ‘ willingness to play, Wachowksis got it made. It helped that the story is impossibly smart. It makes you consider your own existence, real or otherwise, in all sorts of ways. And it uses tropics and genres that audiences know and love to tell this new, inventive story in a very popcorn-friendly, digestible way. In the decades since, so many movies have tried to be just as cool, flashy or smart, but very few have even come close. These days, most studios would not even touch on such a great original idea, especially not without a big star (like Reeves was not exactly at the time), reputable filmmaker (which Wachowskis was not quite yet), or franchise branding (which the film obviously did not have). Actually through the lens of 2021 feels like a miracle The Matrix exists at all.

Trinity and Neo fight on a roof.

An action sequence on the roof.
Picture: Warner Bros.

That was my biggest feeling when I watched the movie again. Just complete shock at how lucky I was to have experienced The Matrix as it slowly took over the world. Beyond that, I wondered about the progress of the storytelling, the dynamic characters in even the smallest roles, and the way complex ideas flow into the story and are left in peace, sucking you deeper and deeper. When it reaches the big “What is the matrix?” reveals you are so invested that they could have finished the movie there and sold tickets for the second half. And that investment is crucial to fully appreciating and doing everything that happens next – “I know kung fu”, “There is no happening”, “Wow!“work. Because if you do not care about these characters or believe in this”place,” all in that color would probably feel wildly random. But the way the Wachowskis set up the film is almost like a playground: hhere are the rules, now let’s see if we can break them.

Plus, for me, there’s just the simple nostalgic factor. Although I had not seen The Matrix from start to finish in probably five years, I pretty much grew up with it. I still know every little whisper and gesture that happens from start to finish. And when the memories of every moment transported me back to 1999, I smiled, again and again.

But of course I should enjoy and love The Matrix at a reunion. That’s the hell Matrix. It is fantastic. But here’s where this experiment gets interesting. On the way to Resurrections, I must now see Reloaded and Revolutions, the latter I have almost no memories of. You will soon be able to read these thoughts and I am excited to see how they hit my expectations for the new film. For right now, with one movie down and two left, this one is new Matrix be one of my most anticipated movies ever. But then it was again Reloaded, and that one ended up having an underground rave orgy.


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