Now Playing on Hark: The Matrix Trilogy

Posted by Barry | Tuesday, July 26th 2011

Few films in recent years have spurred as much discussion, debate and wonderment as the Wachowski brothers’ Matrix trilogy of films.  I know that I have tried to have a few philosophical discussions with others regarding the explanations of the sequels to the first film, always ending in more confusion than when I started.  I no longer try to argue with people about the ambiguity of the plot (some would argue there IS no ambiguity) and rather enjoy the films for what they mean to me.  I don’t need to justify why I like them, I don’t need to explain why they are “cool” anymore.  They just are.

Let us briefly start with the first film.  I like it the best, as I feel most fans of the trilogy do.  Why?  It’s the origins, the backstory to the bigger picture told later on.  I love the pace of the film, and the action was something I had never quite seen in a film before.  Countlessly imitated but never duplicated, 1999′s ‘The Matrix‘ was one of the most amazing theatrical experiences I have ever seen in my life, one that I will never forget.

Some memorable sound clips from ‘The Matrix‘ (1999):

The second film, 2003′s ‘The Matrix Reloaded‘, had fans rabidly frothing at the mouth for years in anticipation, waiting for a chance to see what Neo & crew were up to.  I was there on opening day, and the excitement slowly turned to confusion (and anger) by the end of the film.  When the end credits began to roll, people were actually booing the screen and grumbling about how much of a letdown it was.  I must say that I somewhat joined them.  I had no idea what the hell had just happened, and all I knew was that I would have to wait for the third act to make up my mind with certainty as I did not expect to see what I had just witnessed.  I have grown to appreciate the second film more over the years, much more after the trilogy was complete.

Some memorable sound clips from ‘The Matrix Reloaded‘ (2003) are:

The third and final film came out a few months later in 2003 after ‘Reloaded’ left theaters.  ’The Matrix Revolutions‘ is the end of the story, the final film that probably divides the most fans/viewers.  Why is that?  Well I feel there is too much to take in, too much information to accept after the first two installments.  As any ‘Matrix’ fans knows there are 2 simultaneous worlds existing at the same time in these films.  To accept one, you have to accept the other.  Some people cannot accept either, so they dismiss this film as pointless.  The action scenes are still there, but it is possible too much emotional plot overrides the enjoyment of the film.  While I do respect this movie, I do find it to be a tad boring and underwhelming to conclude such an epic story.  If you try and consider that the sequels are actually one continuous follow up to the 1999 original, it is much easier to appreciate.  Watch them both together, like ‘Kill Bill Vol. 1& 2.’

Some memorable sound clips that stand out from ‘The Matrix Revolutions‘ (2003) are:

Whether you have seen them once, twice, or not at all, the ‘Matrix’ trilogy of films rightfully earns a spot in the science fiction hall of fame, as they have yet to be duplicated in terms of originality and overall scope in modern film.  If you haven’t already, check out the Blu-ray transfer of the original film.  Absolutely stunning.  Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving will forever be immortalized as the characters from these films, regardless of what role they play in the future.  For Keaunu, Ted “Theodore” Logan is pretty close.

Click on any of the above posters to visit the Matrix Sound Clip Collection pages of all three films in the trilogy.  Feel free to share your favorite sound quote on Facebook or Twitter.  Want to follow me on Twitter as well so you don’t miss out on the good stuff?

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