Have you seen "The Matrix Resurrections" and want more? Here are these 8 must-see movies you're a Matrix fan.
"The Matrix Resurrections" (Lana Wachowski, 2021) has already been released around the world, so we have created a list of recommended films if you love the Matrix franchise. Photo: YT-Warner Bros
LatinAmerican Post | Luis Angel Hernández Liborio
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"The Matrix Resurrections" (Lana Wachowski, 2021) has already been released around the world, so we have created a list of recommended films if you love the Matrix franchise. Regardless of whether or not you have seen the most recent Matrix title, these films will give you a better perspective of the world created by the Wachowski sisters as you will understand some of their sources of inspiration and at the same time the "Matrix effect" in post-film cinema. successful saga.
"Fist of Legend" (Gordon Chan, 1994)
In the Matrix, oriental mysticism, mainly Japanese, and martial arts are a relevant component of the story. For Neo it is not only important to practice them, but also the inner harmony that help him in his role as "The chosen one". One of the sources of inspiration for the visual and choreographic aspect of the confrontations is "Fist of Legend", a 1994 film starring Jet Li, whose action scenes led the directors to hire the action choreographer Yuen Woo-ping, to give the Matrix that hallmark.
"Johnny Mnemonic" (Robert Longo, 1995)
Keanu Reeves is Johnny Mnemonic, a young man who carries sensitive and secret information in his brain about a rare disease related to the amount of information that people receive. Despite the medical risk and danger posed by the transaction, Mnemonic will try to bring the information from China to America. In this film, in addition to the obvious futuristic component, the Matrix lovers will find a hint of what Reeves would be like Neo, in addition to the iron control of a company over humanity, a resistance and a messenger capable of changing things.
"Ghost in the Shell" (Mamoru Oshii, 1995)
Although in the anime there are many examples that could be related to the Matrix, we have only chosen "Ghost in the Shell", an iconic film, part of a great franchise. Motoko Kusanagi is a cyborg tasked with finding a hacker named The Puppeteer, whose crime is manipulating cyborgs to commit crimes and thus escape justice. The cyberpunk world of this film, the integration of men and machines, as well as the apparent decadence can easily be related to the atmosphere of the Matrix.
"The Truman Show" (Peter Weir, 1998)
Contrary to the previous anime, the atmosphere of "The Truman Show" is bright and welcoming. Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) lives in a happy and perfect little town, leads a comfortable and quiet life, but little by little he begins to discover that his life is part of a television series, in short of a simulation. They are all actors, all he knows is nothing more than sets and television sets. Remembering the blue and red pills of the Matrix (although "The Truman Show" was released before of course), Truman must choose between continuing with his "perfect" life or discovering what lies beyond what he knows.
"Equilibrium" (Kurt Wimmer, 2002)
The cultural impact of Matrix on audiovisual productions was powerful, in all kinds of content hundreds of references to the saga were made. It also allowed other productions with a similar theme to have a great boom, one of them is "Equilibrium", a film starring Christian Bale. It shows a society where emotions and everything that motivates them is prohibited. John Preston is one of the clergymen in charge of preventing emotions from proliferating, however he accidentally begins to feel them and from then on there is no going back, just as Neo in the Matrix strives to end this imposed order.
"Inception" (Christopher Nolan, 2010)
One of Nolan's most important films, in Inception the director proposes the argument that the mind is manipulable, reaching the origin of ideas and thoughts. Like the elaborate scenarios of the Matrix, in "Inception" the viewer will find places where physics seems to have no sense of logic, only that instead of being in the confines of the digital world we are in those of the mind. It is also interesting to reflect on what is real and what is not that occurs throughout history.
"Cloud Atlas" (Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski sisters, 2012)
Although it did not have the success of other films of the Wachowski sisters, "Cloud Atlas" is an interesting compilation of six stories from different eras that are related. The general structure of the film and the characteristic cyberpunk traits of the directors give it a dynamic character. It also recalls another of the directors' recent works: "Sense8", a series for Netflix also based on intertwined stories.
"Blade Runner 2049" (Denis Villeneuve, 2017)
Blade Runner is made up of the 1982 and 2017 films, in which Ridley Scott and Denis Villeneuve build a cyberpunk world in which there is a fight between robots and humans, however, it is not a simple battle, there are a whole series of ethical issues and morals that make their protagonists doubt their actions. The decline of humanity, the power of robots and their own awareness of some kind of "superiority" over humans are certainly reminiscent of the imaginary of the Matrix. Like the Wachowski sisters saga, Blade Runner is not just technology and special effects, but a complex reflection of the future with the intelligence of machines.