Matrix resurrectionDirected by Lana Wachowski, it largely eschews big action movies in favor of more intimate stories about love and death.screenwriter Rafael Jordan Was initially disappointed with the film, but became more appreciative after watching it repeatedly.
“I definitely think it was secondary to Lana that people immediately really liked the movie,” Jordan said in episode 496. Geek Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “I don’t think she cares. That’s the subtlety of it. I think it’s going to become very popular over time, but not enough for her to make more movies.”
For the past 20 years, Wachowski’s fans and critics have largely criticized Wachowski. The third Matrix movie, saw the “red pill” image of Matrix being taken up by the political right, and faced relentless pressure to make more Matrix sequels. Geek Guide to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley see these struggles and resurrection’ “Swarm Mode”, where the hero is attacked by waves of unconscious enemies.
“In the first film, the symbol of the oppressive system that brought you down is government agents, and in this film, it’s a large number of people on the phone,” he said. “For the most part, the anxiety about controlling our lives has shifted from the government to the online hate thugs.”
resurrection Featuring the return of Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, now in their fifties.horror writer Teresa Delucci It’s great to see more mature actors in sci-fi action movies. “I think [Reeves] Does a fantastic job of conveying decades of exhaustion, regret, weakness and fallibility,” she said. “When they say ‘Are you going to fly now? ‘When I like it. He was like, ‘Fuck. By the way, you are in your fifties. Fuck you, you don’t have to fly anymore. “
science fiction professor Lisa Yazek Said that despite its focus on aging and loss, resurrection Try to keep up the optimism.
“It seems to me a lot like contemporary Cyberpunk The story, not just because it went from whimsy about the internet to a more jaded attitude, but it’s actually more of hope,” she said. Ways to connect and think, and potentially make the world a better place. I think this is the ultimate sci-fi message. “
Listen to the full interview with Rafael Jordan, Theresa DeLucci and Lisa Yaszek on Episode 496 Geek Guide to the Galaxy (more than). And check out some highlights from the discussion below.
David Barr Kirtley matrix:
For those who weren’t around at the time matrix came out, and I think it had this kind of cultural impact that was hard to overstate.I remember people saying, “This is our generation’s star wars,” that’s how it really feels. Everyone’s seen it. There were some movies about virtual reality before that, like johnny mnemonic or lawn mower man Really only hardcore sci-fi fans would watch it, but matrix Everyone saw it, everyone was familiar with all these concepts – like the idea of uploading martial arts skills to your brain in a second – these are really cool sci-fi concepts that everyone is familiar with now.
Teresa Delucci Matrix Revolution:
I really don’t remember almost anything…but I remember being in the theater. Everyone is very excited. It was the premiere of an IMAX movie in New York City, the biggest screen ever. It’s like a nightclub. People were wearing all their Matrix gear — glowing goggles and glow sticks. My friend is very excited. And then you get to the end of the movie, when Trinity dies, her death scene is so overwrought and bad that people start booing. Neo was like, “You can’t die,” she said, “Yeah, I can,” someone in the theater just yelled, just right, “Go for it!” I remember this more than anything else in the movie There are many things.
Lisa Yazek Matrix resurrection:
I went in without any expectations and I enjoyed it. Is it as groundbreaking as the first? No, but how is it possible? This is the fourth installment in the series. But I still think it does bring credit to the series. I think the story is logical. From day one, the Wachowskis insisted that these movies were really about love, and I was like, “Boy, Lana’s really going the extra mile this time.” I thought it was funny, it almost made me Want to rewatch the three originals through this different frame. Don’t think, “Is this a metaphor for capitalism? Is this a metaphor for trans? Is this a metaphor for our media-saturated society?” Maybe it’s just a science fiction story about love.
Rafael Jordan on screenwriting:
In the first movie, Neo was pulled from the Matrix at 32 minutes. This marks the end of Act 1 and the beginning of Act 2 – like I said, the first script is airtight. In this episode, he doesn’t wake up in the real world until the 52nd minute, which is way too long. That’s when the second act starts, when they end up going to Io and all that stuff. Audiences aren’t necessarily consciously aware of these screenwriting rules, but when things aren’t going fast enough, they start checking out a movie, and it’s no coincidence that this movie is 20 minutes longer than the others because it’s too long to get to that point. a little.So I just want it to be six episodes, four or five hours [TV show].