MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2020 (#15 of 47) – The Matrix (1999) – Encore Review 2


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 46, so I decided to watch 47 (46+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #15 of the 47.

Let’s continue with… The Matrix (1999)

Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this in the theater twice because it was such a mind blowing experience after seeing it initially. The themes are quite engrossing and open up a whole new world of ideas that can still be pondered after more than 2 decades,

“Neo, sooner or later you’re going to realize just as I did that there’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.” – Morpheus

Number of Times Seen – at least 10 times (Twice in theater, video, 12 Nov 2000, DVD, 10 Jun 2014, 28 Dec 2016 and 9 Jan 2020)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – A computer hacker is given the chance to try and find out why he feels out of place in the world.

My Take on it – Such an amazing concept that works so well.

The special effects enhance this film so much and help make us truly believe the world that this film creates.

The three main characters are developed really well and help make the viewer even more connected to them.

The story and plot are quite unique and ingenious and allow the viewer to ponder so much about life and the world that we live in.

Even after more than 20 years, this film feels timeless and relevant which adds so much to the way it can be perceived and understood because of the way they present things in such an amazing way.

Keeanu Reeves is superb in the lead role largely due to the mysterious nature of everything going on around him and he plays “clueless” really well and then as he becomes wiser, we can also believe him in that kind of role.

The action scenes are amazingly choreographed and the ground breaking special effects enhance the pseudo reality that they create for us here and make things feel even more realistic in both their world and ours.

This film works best as a stand alone film and the two sequels just make things even more confusing than they truly need to be.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – After the lobby shoot-out, the camera pans back, showing the aftermath of the gunfight in the lobby. During this, a piece of one of the pillars falls off. This happened by coincidence during the filming, and was not planned, but was left, since it seemed appropriate. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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