The filmmakers were competing against other films with established franchises, like Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, yet they won all four of their nominations. [89] Chad Stahelski, who had been a stunt double on The Matrix prior to directing Reeves in the John Wick series, acknowledged the film's strong influence on the Wick films,[90] and commented, "The Matrix literally changed the industry. [45] Locations for these scenes included Martin Place's fountain in Sydney, half-way between it and the adjacent Colonial Building, and the Colonial Building itself. [34] For the Agents, their costume was designed to create a secret service, undercover look, resembling the film JFK and classic men in black. [58] The Wachowskis first imagined an action sequence that slowed time while the camera pivoted rapidly around the subjects, and proposed the effect in their screenplay for the film.

[85] Simon Pegg said that The Matrix provided "the excitement and satisfaction that The Phantom Menace failed to inspire. For even more, visit our Family Entertainment Guide. [157], Following The Matrix, films made abundant use of slow-motion, spinning cameras, and, often, the bullet time effect of a character freezing or slowing down and the camera dollying around them. I'm having the great fortune, thankfully, working on another Matrix film. 'It's another version, a call to wake up and it has some great action.' [169] The Matrix was voted as the fourth best sci-fi film in the 2011 list Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time, based on a poll conducted by ABC and People. You can see they argued it out!". The Matrix seemed fresh and cool and visually breathtaking; making wonderful, intelligent use of CGI to augment the on-screen action, striking a perfect balance of the real and the hyperreal.

[31] The portrayal resembles the opening credits of the 1995 Japanese cyberpunk film, Ghost in the Shell, which had a strong influence on the Matrix series (see below).

[92][93] The Matrix also received BAFTA awards for Best Sound and Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects, in addition to nominations in the cinematography, production design and editing categories. [5] "The influence of [Baudrillard] was brought to the public's attention through the writings of art historians such as Griselda Pollock and film theorists such as Heinz-Peter Schwerfel". In addition, the Matrix scenes' sets were slightly more decayed, monolithic, and grid-like, to convey the cold, logical and artificial nature of that environment. [151] Morpheus's description of the Matrix giving you a sense that something is fundamentally wrong, "like a splinter in your mind", has been compared to gender dysphoria. [115], The Matrix draws from and alludes to numerous cinematic and literary works, and concepts from mythology, religion and philosophy, including the ideas of Buddhism, Christianity, Gnosticism, Hinduism, and Judaism. [146] The same premise can be found in Hilary Putnam's brain in a vat scenario proposed in the 1980s.

Our technique was significantly different because we built it to move around objects that were themselves in motion, and we were also able to create slow-motion events that 'virtual cameras' could move around – rather than the static action in Gondry's music videos with limited camera moves. Zo werd in de eerste film uit 1999 vertragingen gebruikt om vechtscènes spectaculairder te maken en werden de twee opvolgers geprezen vanwege de digitale wereld waarin ze zich afspeelden. Before he can kill Neo, Cypher is killed by Tank, a crewman whom he only wounded. [113] In 2010, the film had another DVD release along with the two sequels as The Complete Matrix Trilogy. [106], In March 2017, Warner Bros. was in early stages of developing a relaunch of the franchise with Zak Penn in talks to write a treatment and interest in getting Michael B. Jordan attached to star.

[27], The sunglasses, a staple of the film's aesthetics, were commissioned for the film by designer Richard Walker from sunglasses maker Blinde Design. Directed by Lana Wachowski, the original “Matrix” stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Jada Pinkett Smith are reprising their roles in the fourth film. "[81], Filmmakers and science fiction creators alike generally took a complimentary perspective of The Matrix. Directed by Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski. In 1996 the Wachowskis pitched the role of Neo to Will Smith.

She stated that she was under a lot of pressure at the time and was devastated when she realized that she would be unable to do it.

Variety and the Flying V logos are trademarks of Variety Media, LLC. During the testing of a breathing mechanism in the pod, the tester suffered hypothermia in under eight minutes, so the pod had to be heated. "[153], The Matrix had a strong effect on action filmmaking in Hollywood. The effects also help in the symbolism of the film and in creating a very dystopian atmosphere not unlike the one seen in Blade Runner and this works brilliantly. [32], The cast were required to be able to understand and explain The Matrix. It is really something to watch him act out the changes in his character.

[66], The film's score was composed by Don Davis. She flees, pursued by the police and a group of mysterious suited Agents capable of similar superhuman feats. [44] Filming began in March 1998 and wrapped in August 1998; principal photography took 118 days. "We're out here trying to make some magic," Reeves shared on BBC's The One Show. [116], The pods in which the machines keep humans have been compared to images in Metropolis, and the work of M. C.

It was also released on 4K HDR Blu-ray on May 22, 2018. ", Years after the release of The Matrix, both the Wachowskis came out as transgender women, and some have seen transgender themes in the film. The new working relationship seemed to still have some of the old magic, even though Lana's sister Lilly Wachowski sat out this installment. Production began in San Francisco in February and moved to Berlin in March, but cameras did not roll as coronavirus swept the world. [150] The red pill has been compared with red estrogen pills. Some have described The Matrix as one of the best science fiction films of all time;[10][11] Entertainment Weekly called The Matrix "the most influential action movie of the generation". "We have a wonderful director, Lana Wachowski, and she has written a beautiful script that is a love story. Just take a look at how many times the effects have been spoofed and you'll probably agree. He stated that since Ghost in the Shell had gained recognition in America, the Wachowskis used it as a "promotional tool". Using this momentum, they later asked to direct The Matrix.[29]. He said: 'There’s some really thoughtful, effective protocols in place, and the rhythm of filmmaking has not been really impacted or interrupted, in the sense of filming. As a rebel against the machines, Neo must confront the agents: super-powerful computer programs devoted to stopping Neo and the entire human rebellion. [29] French philosopher Jean Baudrillard's Simulacra and Simulation was required reading for most of the principal cast and crew. He doesn't have the longest of lines which was probably a deliberate choice from the directors and it works because this gives him a better opportunity to work on posture and facial expressions and I must say that overall his body language is very good. This code uses a custom typeface designed by Simon Whiteley,[31] which includes mirror images of half-width kana characters and Western Latin letters and Arabic numerals. [88] Christopher Nolan described it as "an incredibly palpable mainstream phenomenon that made people think, Hey, what if this isn't real?". [164], Carrie-Anne Moss asserted that prior to being cast in The Matrix, she had "no career". [a] It stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano and is the first installment in the Matrix franchise. 'That’s the only reason to do it.'. To tell the truth the first time I saw the film I was enamored by the effects. Looking for a movie the entire family can enjoy? [40], Kym Barrett, costume designer, said that she defined the characters and their environment by their costume.

', 'Lana Wachowski wrote a beautiful script and a wonderful story that resonated with me,' he said. 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. To prepare for the wire fu, the actors had to train hard for several months.