Zaki's Review: Jupiter Ascending

February 10, 2015 7:15 AM

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Just over sixteen years ago, I sat in a packed screening room on opening night for The Matrix, not knowing a thing about it beyond Laurence Fishburne's portentous intonation/command from the trailers that if you wanted to find out what it was, "You have to see it for yourself." And after I had, I felt like I'd discovered some secret treasure just for me. I have a feeling most of the folks who caught the movie that weekend felt something similar. As directed by the Wachowski siblings, The Matrix wasn't a sequel, prequel, remake or reboot, but it confidently created a mythology so intricate that it managed to sweep me up in a cinematic experience that remains, even today, a singular expression of everything the medium can be.

That said, it's weird how totally The Matrix has disappeared from our collective radar screen in the years since. It burned white hot, with its visuals and vernacular fully conquering the mainstream for awhile there, but then it just kind of faded away as quickly as it first appeared. Now, granted, ...

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