Friday, July 15, 2011
My Favorite Movies: The Matrix
This movie is so iconic that there's nothing I can say about it critically. It came out smack in the middle of my college years. I remember being intrigued by the commercials, but not thinking much of it until I started to hear about the movie EVERYWHERE. After I saw it, I went back multiple times with different groups of friends until all of them had seen it. :) It was a whole new take on my lifelong weird fascination with machines that take over the world and humans who fight them. Plus, it had kung fu.
The ORIGINAL Matrix is the only one on my list of favorite movies. The sequels were a big disappointment - in fact, I think I've only seen Revolutions once, in the theater. All you need to see of the sequels is the freeway chase scene from Reloaded, ending with an Agent/Morpheus fight on top of a semi, and a massive explosion. I can't embed it, but you can watch it here. The only thing that could have made it cooler is if the semi had transformed into Optimus Prime and gotten in on the fight.
However, The Animatrix, the collection of cartoon vignettes set at various points in the Matrix universe, was pretty good. To this day I'm haunted by the prequel cartoon about the beginnings of the war, and the humans blacking out the sky as a last resort. Permanently blacking out the sky is seriously one of the most horrifying things I can imagine. I watched the short again, was re-traumatized, and decided not to post it here as a result.