The Matrix (1999) (mini-review++)

(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 7

directing 9

effects 10

editing 9

writing 9

SW SCORE: 44

5 out of 5 🐙

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Look, there’s nothing more I can say here that hasn’t already been said about a movie that influenced cinematography for the better part of a decade, spawned two (terrible if you ask me) sequels, and transformed Keanu Reeves from a solid movie star into a sci-fi icon. So I’m not even going to try. I will give a little anecdote. Back in 1999, DVD’s were THE medium. People were all scrambling to get the newest DVD player and newest TV and newest sound system. And they would all ask the sales person the same question: what movie will really showcase this entertainment system? And I will give you ONE guess as to the what the answer would ALWAYS be.

That just speaks to the sight and sound of the movie which isn’t why it’s a sci-fi classic. It’s a great story. And the Wachowski Siblings direct the very talented cast well and pace it to a supremely satisfying finale.

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(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

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