As I was leaving the theatre after seeing The Matrix, I saw three friends in the lobby who were waiting for the next show. I bought another ticket and joined them. I didn't see it again until the next day.For the longest time, I have been witnessing what I feared was the new state of American filmmaking. In this New World Order, you can either have serious, often brooding films about the real world...or you can have crappy sci-fi/horror.
What we have is a situation not unlike the 50's, where science fiction and horror were cranked out like grim sausages for mass consumption. Occasionally something worthwhile would be made, but these were few and far between. The end result was that these genres lost any credibility they might have had.
For a time, this trend was reversing. Science fiction films were being made by people who actually had an interest in the subject matter. Good science fiction actually met with box-office success, leading to further investment in quality escapist films.
But lately it's taken a sharp turn for the worse, thanks in no small part to Kevin Williamson, and everyone who has ever appeared on the WB.
While Urban Legend and other slasher/Gap Ads destroy my faith in Hollywood's ability to create decent horror/suspense, Wing Commander and its close relatives perform a similar disservice to science fiction.
And that's why I loved The Matrix. It had the proper blend of action and story (though it did drag a bit in the first act). It is the first honest attempt to make a science fiction film I have seen in quite some time...and it succeeds.
It is that rarest of treats: a film that Keanu Reeves cannot ruin for me.
I'm afraid this has become more commentary than review. So let me just say that this film is fun without being mindless, and should appeal to any fans of science fiction, Hong Kong action flicks, or geeks like me who spend a lot of time rolling tetrahedrons and pretending we're killing things.
It's a gamer's movie...but you'd probably have to BE a gamer to understand that.
The brothers behind Bound have made another great film here. I urge you to see it.It says on the HTML form that I have to make a 'Closing Bold Statement' here, so I'd like to proclaim that I am very well endowed...perhaps moreso than any other man. But go see this flick.