Matrix's 20 years: What made the movie a hit and a movie reference?

by Kelvin
20 anos de Matrix: o que fez o filme se tornar sucesso e referência no cinema?

In addition to being known as the universal date of the lie, April 1 can also be defined as the day when, 20 years ago, thousands of people came out of the cinema with their disgraced heads. The reason? On March 31, 1999, the first movie of the Matrix trilogy came to the big screen, a feature film that revolutionized pop culture and became a reference when it came to science fiction.

With a budget of $ 63 million, production directed by sisters Lana and Lilly Wachowski managed to raise no less than $ 463.5 million worldwide, a major milestone for the time. The movie's success even yielded two more sequels – not so well received by fans, but paid off – and put Matrix in the hall of productions that revolutionized the entertainment industry.


But what is the story of Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, seeking the liberation of humanity so interesting that it makes this work a symbol of pop culture? The motives range from the deep script that predicted much of today's technology experience to special effects that have become standard in the movie world.

Tech philosophy

Despite being successful in theaters, it's not hard to find someone who ran into Matrix for the first time in a philosophy class. The reason? The film brings concepts inspired by great thinkers such as Plato and Socrates, and has characters that allude directly to ancient Greece. An example of this is the case of Morpheus, who in addition to being the dream god in Greek mythology, is also responsible for freeing Neo from his mental prison in one of the most iconic scenes in movie history.

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Red or blue pill? Which would you choose?

Speaking of mental prison, here is one of the points where the Matrix not only revolutionized but also predicted what the future would look like. By offering the famous blue and red pills to the protagonist, Morpheus gave Neo the choice to live in denial for the rest of his life within a reality that suits him or get out of his bubble and face a troubled world.

It is not difficult to bridge the situation we are currently living in. After all, social networks can trap us inside loops with content that makes us comfortable and unrealistic as a whole. The most interesting part: just like in the Matrix, everything is done by a computer – in our case, the algorithms that govern websites like Facebook, Google, Twitter and Instagram.

Brand in the cinema

In addition to all the futuristic footprint that made the movie an example of science fiction, Matrix has also become a reference in film technologies. The Wachowski sisters' production employed concepts of cyberpunk aesthetics and iconic productions such as Katsuhiro Otomo's anime Akira, and fused famous ideas in Hollywood to deliver major technological breakthroughs at the time.

The Matrix: Reloaded, released May 2003. The box office was $ 742.1 million

It's hard to talk about the Matrix without remembering the famous “Bullet Time” technique used by characters within the simulation to dodge shots. The special effect has not only become a hallmark of the movie, but has become common in future productions, from TV commercials to arcade games, such as Max Payne, released in 2001 by Remedy Entertainment with giant Rockstar Games.

The production also contributed to the evolution of CGI (Computer Generated Images) techniques, bringing new uses for computer graphics. In this sense, even the second and third films, which are not so beloved by fans, end up in the entertainment world.

The Matrix: Revolutions, released in October 2003. Raised $ 427.3 million worldwide

Looking at the franchise as a whole, the Matrix trilogy can also be considered one of the first steps for today's superhero movies that dominate theaters today. Neo's hero's journey, filled with exciting moments in a unique universe, has shown that movies blending action and fantasy have plenty of room on the big screen, and make a lot of box office cash.

So, are you a Matrix fan and think the movie deserves all the acclaim it receives or are we experiencing a collective hallucination? Leave your opinion in the comments!

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