The Matrix in one of those rare movies that you can watch a zillion times and enjoy even more with each viewing. A perfect synthesis of Cyberpunk, Kung-Fu, Sci-Fi Japanamation and Film Noir, The Matrix repeatedly breaks ground on new film territory and delivers a film like nothing before it.
You can't talk about The Matrix without mentioning the amazing special effects. With a new technique called 'Bullet Time,' The Matrix captures a dimension of action scenes that we've never seen before. I kept thinking back to Raging Bull, at how it captured the artistry of prize fighting. The Matrix captures the artistry of action.
The Matrix doesn't just rely on special effects to entertain. It has a solid core of great directing, a fantastic script and strong performances from stars Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, and the brilliant Hugo Weaving.
The Matrix is my pick for one of the top films of 1999.
The DVD features 2 commentary tracks, both worth a listen. I really enjoyed the selection of Carrie-Anne Moss for the first audio track as she gave a really amazing perspective on her roll in the film. Her commentary is mixed with insights by editor Zach Staenberg and visual effects supervisor John Gaeta. In all, very insightful and entertaining.
The other audio commentary comes from composer Don Davis, whose combined commentary and isolated music score track is definitely worth a listen.
I was less enthusiastic about the content on the DVD-ROM part of the disc. I guess all the content on the main part of the disc fed my appetite for The Matrix, so when I flipped it into my DVD-ROM, the only extra I really liked was the impressive Storyboard to Screen section which compares the script and storyboard to the movie. The Storyboards for this film are a treasure and it's worth spending the time with this extra.