The Matrix ★★★★½

The concept may seem trite to some of the younger generation, but in 1999 the possibilities of the internet were new and this dark take was fresh and invigorating. It still works not because the concept is so brilliant, but because of the phenomenal execution. The H.R. Giger-esque world is still frightening and the effects sell it completely. The sentinels are fucking terrifying and the fields of humans bred for energy is a visual that's hard to shake. Rain soaked streets and numerous noir elements are woven into the narrative seamlessly, and the action scenes haven't aged a day. The final thirty minutes is easily some of the best action filmmaking of all time, and the Wachowskis edit these scenes with a clarity that none of the numerous imitators figured out. An essential work.

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