• Grayson D

    ★★★★ Added by Grayson D

    This movie is so incredibly campy that I wonder why we didn't realize it in 1999. I remember that this movie was considered fresh and exciting and even "thoughtful" (a word I myself used in an old college-era Livejournal review). Watching it in 2015, this movie is simply preposterous. Perhaps all of the overt bullet-time parodies desensitized us to how silly bullet-time was to begin with.

    Don't get me wrong: this movie is really fun. It's campy, but it's not…

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  • DanStew

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by DanStew 28 Feb, 2015

    I once read a review of "The Avengers" where the reviewer claimed that it would be 'Star Wars for the new generation'. While I vehemently disagree with that statement, if there was ever a film I could ever see coming close to that sort of power, it would be The Matrix.

    I remember being a kid and messing around with my friends, pretending to be Neo as he bends back to dodge the bullets. Not knowing the context or even…

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  • aldy

    ★★★★ Rewatched by aldy 28 Feb, 2015

    The Matrix was perhaps not quite as amazing as I remembered it but still a really good movie. The action scenes held up very well, the premise remained interesting and the exposition dumps were handled nicely. Unfortunately though, a fair amount of the philosophy 101 dialogue just came across as pretentious and no longer seemed as cool as it once did; for example, "it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself" was just laughable. I still love…

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  • Brian J. "Tyrannorabbit" Wright

    ★★★ Rewatched by Brian J. "Tyrannorabbit" Wright 27 Feb, 2015

    I have always had a wildly wobbly ambivalence about this movie. It's an interesting combination of elements; too good to dismiss, too shitty to excuse, and too magnificently of its time to try to judge outside of it.

    At its core, and I think at its best, it's a superlative, groundbreaking, influential action movie, and one with Hugo Weaving as a great villain. Nothing else really looked like this in 1999 (Blade came close) and people were riffing on and…

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  • Brian Hann

    ★★★★½ Added by Brian Hann

    There have been many copycat movies since the Matrix. Some have done very well, but others have been awful.

    The same could be said about the Matrix trilogy.

    This first movie as a standalone is superb. Unlike any movie before it and with an excellent concept.

    Unfortunately, the pretentious nonsense started soon afterwards.

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  • jpadidal

    ★★½ Watched by jpadidal 26 Jan, 2015

    Not that good. I was surprised at how bad the acting and directing and everything was. How was this movie so revolutionary?

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  • Jez Meyer

    ★★★★ Added by Jez Meyer

    A genuinely interesting concept realised in the most stylish way imaginable. Ignore the fluff and a few wooden performances and you have probably the best sci-fi film of the 90s.

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  • Auteur

    ★★ Rewatched by Auteur 25 Feb, 2015 13

    Still the Wachowski's worst film by a light-year. Watching The Matrix is like buying a cool new video game only to have somebody read you the instruction manual. The first twenty minutes are all about asking "what is the Matrix?" And the hour that follows is the Wachowski's answering that question...over and over and over again, at the expense of developing any story or any real villain. I'm not sure how this film gets away with spending half its running…

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  • ben_rt

    ★★★★½ Watched by ben_rt 25 Feb, 2015

    I hadn't seen this movie in a really long time. I have to say that the first 30 minutes of this movie were my only complaint. I consider them to be good, no less but no more than that. If i were to rate the first 30 minutes i would give them 3.5/5. But after them i remembered why this movie is so great. There was a lot of tension, the story unfolds greatly and the action sequences were some…

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  • Michael Kastner

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Michael Kastner 24 Feb, 2015

    Ich hatte ganz vergessen wie gut der ist. Coole, innovative Action und die Geschichte ist spannend und interessant. Dazu der wahnsinnig tolle Look und der perfekt passende Cast.
    Meilenstein.

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  • ldaquino

    ★★★★★ Added by ldaquino

    Demais!

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  • Tarryn-tino

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Tarryn-tino 22 Feb, 2015 7

    "Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?"

    This will always be a favourite of mine. I still remember the very moment I first saw this, I was 13 years old, sitting on my floor, with my legs crossed, staring at the TV in utter wonder, thinking, WTF did I…

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