“When a beautiful stranger leads computer hacker Neo to a forbidding underworld, he discovers the shocking truth–the life he knows is the elaborate deception of an evil cyber-intelligence.” -IMDB
Matrix is another one of those classics that I never purposefully avoided, but that I just never got around to watching. Honestly movies like this are the reason why I do “reWind Wednesdays,” because I’ve known that I would regret not seeing it for so many years. And let me say, I am so glad that I finally took the time.
You would think that a movie made with and based on 1990s technology would not hold up, but that is not the case with Matrix. Although I’m sure the movie would look quite different if it were made today, it remains eternally relevant in its subject matter. Faith, reality, existence, society’s relationship with technology, and so on. These themes will always remain relevant and in many ways have only become more so in the past twenty years (ahem, billionaires in space, ahem)…
Even the fashionable look of the film and its characters seems to have been chose with the movie’s longevity in mind. The characters where chic, black outfits. The cinematography is clean and crisp. Yes the computers look particularly outdated, but not enough to distract from the rest of the movie. And unlike similar movies made around the same time, Matrix uses its action sequences to further the plotline, not the other way around.
By focusing primarily on themes instead of gimmicks, Matrix proves to be a movie for the ages. And I am happy to say that I now understand why it is considered a classic.
Rating: WORTH THE WATCH!
If you like this movie, you should also see: Inception, The Truman Show, V for Vendetta
Streaming: HBO Max
With: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
Directed By: Lana and Lilly Wachowski