Thursday, February 9, 2012

My Top 25 Sci-Fi Movies of All Time - #16

My Top 25 Sci-Fi Movies of All Time - #16

By Ken Parker

As time goes on we may experience a film in a different way. Personally my top 25 list is in constant flux with movies moving up and down the list. Usually the moves are minor, moving a few spots up or down. A new incoming movie on my list will obviously push others off the list. This ever changing list is bound to be different 10 years from now.

16 - The Matrix (1999)

IMDB Story Summary -

Thomas A. Anderson is a man living two lives. By day he is an average computer programmer and by night a hacker known as Neo. Neo has always questioned his reality, but the truth is far beyond his imagination. Neo finds himself targeted by the police when he is contacted by Morpheus, a legendary computer hacker branded a terrorist by the government. Morpheus awakens Neo to the real world, a ravaged wasteland where most of humanity have been captured by a race of machines that live off of the humans' body heat and electrochemical energy and who imprison their minds within an artificial reality known as the Matrix. As a rebel against the machines, Neo must return to the Matrix and confront the agents: super-powerful computer programs devoted to snuffing out Neo and the entire human rebellion.Written by redcommander27  

The Matrix is an outstanding film. It was original and its groundbreaking special effects completely outdid George Lucas and hisreturn to the Star Wars franchise - The Phantom Menace released the same year. The idea is pretty complex and exciting, spawning two sequels. While the sequels were a mixture of disappointment and confusing concepts, they did stretch the ideas set up in the original and did a fairly good job with the story.

I love movies that are complex and have alternative realities. Not everything is as it seems and the entire idea is so simple yet woven into a complex structure of a story, it really stands out as an excellent film. Ultimately it is the action that pushes the whole thing along and the superhero like powers that everyone possess almost places this in the superhero genre. It is about someone who is more than he appears and he alone can save the human race – or something like that.
Whether you like the sequels or not, they are mostly the same as the original except amped up quite a bit. The visually stunning battle between Neo and Smith was a true climax in The Matrix. In fact this film is so visually stunning with its incredible stunts and artistically pleasing gun battles.

Taking that a step further with hundreds of Smiths battling one Neo was impressive but a bit hilarious and silly. Those sequels fall well short of my top 25 but I don't hate them.  I don't think the sequels reduced my opinion of the original but it is hard to not think of the three films as one story. I feel films lower on my list may have been better films than this one but since the visuals were so powerful and I remember being impressed to a great degree, I have to put this up high on my list. You can't beat an intelligent concept that is beautifully shot.

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