Soapbox: 15 Things Wrong With The Matrix We All Choose To Ignore

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Don’t worry: the first one is STILL awesome (the sequels? Not so much)

When The Matrix arrived in cinemas back in 1999, it blew audiences away with its unique blend of martial arts spectacle, high-brow philosophizing, and dazzling visual effects. Indeed, the film influenced the action genre for years to come, with subsequent filmmakers trying (and failing) to emulate the Hong Kong cinema/Japanese anime vibe of its stylized fight choreography.

Admittedly, series creators The Wachowskis themselves struggled to deliver a satisfying follow-up to their initial outing, with both The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions receiving a tepid response from viewers and critics alike. Nonetheless, the story of digital messiah Neo and fellow freedom fighters Trinity and Morpheus remains popular with fans who still admire the franchise’s pioneering “bullet time” aesthetic and rich, underlying subtext.

Yet even The Matrix’s devoted followers – those who consider the first Matrix a masterpiece and its sequels underrated gems – probably realize that there’s plenty wrong with all three flicks. That’s right, even the original movie has quite a few things that either don’t quite stack up or flat-out make no sense. So what doesn’t add up?

Here are 15 Things Wrong With The Matrix Trilogy We All Choose To Ignore.

The post was written exclusively for Screen Rant – click here to read the full article

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Soapbox: 15 Things Wrong With The Matrix We All Choose To Ignore

Soapbox: Remember, Remember The Fifth Of November – Five Things You Didn’t Know About V For Vendetta

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Do pop culture icons come any more unlikely than this guy?

When V for Vendetta first arrived in cinemas back in 2006, it seemed unlikely to trouble the box office. After all, it was based on a 1980s comic book by Alan Moore and David Lloyd that was practically unknown to non-comics fans, giving it very little brand recognition to trade on.

And yet director James McTeigue’s take on the material – which follows the efforts of Guy Fawkes-clad V (Hugo Weaving) and his protégé Evey (Natalie Portman) to topple a totalitarian UK government – nonetheless wound up being a huge critical and commercial success.

With Bonfire Night upon us, now seems like the perfect time to revisit the film, so here’s a list of five things you didn’t know about V for Vendetta!

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Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

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Don’t let this promo poster fool you: this isn’t another grim ‘n’ gritty superhero flick

Regardless of whether you’re a proud American or enthusiastic outsider (like me), it’s hard not to get excited by the patriotic spirit of Independence Day brought to life so vividly in films like The Patriot and, well… Independence Day.

Whilst both of those films – and many others – would make more than suitable subjects for review on this special occasion, I’d like to celebrate the 4 of July this year by taking a look back at a movie that practically oozes red, white and blue: Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger, released in cinemas five years ago this month.

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Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

Anatomy Lesson: “God is in the rain”

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Those who don’t die of pneumonia contracted during their dramatic rain-soaked re-awakening almost always go on to great things

It’s Guy Fawkes Day/Bonfire Night here in the UK, and that means it must be time for another V for Vendetta-themed article.

For this year’s 5 November hit-out, we’re going to take a look back at one of the best scenes in the film version of this classic comic book by Alan Moore and David Lloyd: Evey’s rooftop rebirth.

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Anatomy Lesson: “God is in the rain”

Deja Review: V for Vendetta

Hugo Weaving as V in V for Vendetta.
“Heyyyy – didn’t you do this review already?”

What’s this? Another review of V for Vendetta? Has The Pop Culture Studio run out of ideas already, less than a month since the site first launched? Fear not, gentle reader, for rather than being a retread of the original review, this post concerns itself with the 2006 film adaptation of the classic 1980s comic by Alan Moore and David Lloyd.

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Deja Review: V for Vendetta