Throwback Thursday: ‘The Animatrix’ (2003) beautifully fills in gaps of the ‘Matrix’ mythology (Video review)

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eleased between the two sequels in the summer of 2003, “The Animatrix” – a 100-minute DVD collection of animated shorts – fills in some gaps and gives us a fuller picture of the “Matrix” mythology. The storytelling is sharp, some written by the Wachowskis or based on a story by them, and the animation is consistently beautiful while running a gamut of styles. It’s not for fans strictly into the kung-fu fights or the main characters (who only make cameo appearances), but it’s a treasure trove for those who want new angles into the material and fewer gaps in the narrative.

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Throwback Thursday: ‘Matrix Revolutions’ (2003) channels ‘Return of the Jedi’ for spectacular trilogy capper (Movie review)

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 lot of “The Matrix Reloaded” and the first part of “The Matrix Revolutions” (both from 2003) get too philosophical, too talky, with the Oracle and other players inside the Matrix – for reasons of programming or whatever — not exactly being straight shooters as Neo (and we) seek information. But then the two ships split up – Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) going on their spiritual quest to the Machine City while Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) and Niobe (Jada Pinkett Smith) head back to Zion to help with the fight – and “Revolutions” hits rarified blockbuster territory occupied by “Return of the Jedi” (1983) and “Avengers: Endgame” (2019).

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Throwback Thursday: ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ (2003) gets almost too dense to penetrate, but … my god, those action sequences (Movie review)

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he Matrix” (1999) is one of those sci-fi films that rewards people paying close attention; to understand the specifics of the world is to feel like we’ve become a smarter person. It’s a challenging task, but doable. “The Matrix Reloaded” (2003), on the other hand, calls out for one of those “Movie Explained” YouTube videos that are so ubiquitous nowadays.

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Throwback Thursday: 20 years later, it’s still worth taking the red pill and entering the bleak but thrilling future of ‘The Matrix’ (1999) (Movie review)

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he Matrix” was a cultural phenomenon when it was released on March 31, 1999. It elevated Keanu Reeves from movie star to superstar and introduced the world to “bullet time” (the slow-motion portion of an action scene). It was a critical and commercial success, spawning two sequels and a series of animated shorts. Does it hold up 20 years later? Let’s take a look:

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