For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Cyberpunk Films, here’s a review of The Matrix (1999) by me
Thanks again to Becky of Film Music Central for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Catherine of Thoughts All Sorts. We will be reviewing our favorite Westerns set in the “old West” – so, that excludes Contemporary Westerns i.e. No Country for Old Men, Hud, Desperado, Junior Bonner etc.
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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Catherine!
Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. ” – Morpheus
Number of Times Seen – at least 10 times (Twice in theater, video, 12 Nov 2000, DVD, 10 Jun 2014 and 28 Dec 2016)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – In a futuristic society, a computer hacker gets an opportunity to try and find out what is really going on that makes the world seem strange.
My Take on it – I remember seeing this film in the theater and realizing that I needed to see it again just to understand and absorb it all because this film gives us so much.
Even after 17 years, this film still remains one of the best made because it has such an innovative and mindblowing plot and the special effects were truly groundbreaking with what they were able to show us.
The acting is also amazing with Keanu Reeves, Carrie Anne Moss and Laurence Fishbourne taking us into a story that is so amazing to watch unfold even if you already know what will happen.
Unfortunately, the success of this film led to 2 mediocre sequels and they should really have stopped after making this one.
Bottom Line – Amazing film that leaves so much to the imagination. The special effects are ground breaking and the idea is mindblowing. Great performances by Reeves, Fishburne and Moss help make this so entertaining to absorb. They should have stopped after making this and not trying to expand the world even more with the two sequeles that just don’t work as well. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The Wachowskis approached Warner with the idea of the Matrix and Warner balked at the budget they had submitted, which was over $80 million. Warner instead agreed to give them $10 million. The Wachowskis took the money and filmed the first ten minutes of the movie (the opening scene with Carrie-Anne Moss) using the entire $10 million. They then showed the executives at Warner the opening scene. They were impressed, and green-lit the original asking budget. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)
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