Sunday Morning Movie: The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix (1999)
Directed by The Wachowski Brothers

For breakfast lunch: Sandwiches from Spinelli’s

I remember when this came out, my friend Sandy and I were so excited that we skipped basketball practice (something I had never done) to go see it opening day. During the opening sequence, my jaw dropped, and I don’t think I fully recovered until the credits started to roll. Even though it shared some things with Dark City, which was released one year earlier, The Matrix felt unlike anything I’d ever seen before.

Why did they have to go and ruin it?

Despite the fact that the film has held up quite well over the years, it is forever tainted by the absolute awfulness of the two sequels. I can’t help it. I can’t get the raves, convoluted plot lines, stilted dialogue, or disappointing fights scenes out of my head. Okay, the freeway chase was cool — I’ll give you that. It’s just frustrating that a film can stand so solidly on its own and still fall victim to the Hollywood machine’s insistance on taking it too far.

I still enjoy watching it though, and this latest Blu-ray release makes it look pretty damn spectacular. I’d say I was almost as mesmerized as I was that afternoon 10 years ago

Grade: A