a reply to: Revolution9
I am pretty split on this. I think everyone who has seen and enjoyed any of the Matrix movies, understands that you could write a hundred movies in
that "universe" and still have some room in the concept for development, and most of the time, I love when a thing gets taken to its logical
However, if you ask a Matrix fan what their favourite Matrix movie is, what the best of the Matrix films was, they will more often than not turn to
you and say "The Matrix, the first one". Not everyone would say that, but a huge percentage will, and there is one really good reason for that. The
first film allowed the suspension of disbelief. The special effects were used carefully, artfully blended with expertly crafted wire work, great
cinematography, and so on. Although The Matrix was a movie famed for its special effects, the thing that made them work was that at no time, while
watching the movie, did the impossibility of what was being presented on screen, break ones suspension of disbelief.
The second and third films in the franchise however, cannot claim that same ability to maintain that suspension of disbelief. Between the multi-agent
fight scene, with the obviously foam pole, the absurd 3D model of Neo that was so obvious, so jarringly fake, as opposed to seamlessly interchangeable
with the real thing, and of course the final installment in the franchise, which sported probably the most obvious and suspension of disbelief
destroying scenes in the entire history of the franchise, things went really far down hill in my estimation. I know I am not alone in that.
Where the first film was grounded enough in reality to appear real, thereby immersing the viewer in such a way as to replicate a small amount of that
"jacked in" feeling, the second and third were not.
If the progression of these movies so far is anything to go by, anything which follows what has come before, is going by necessity, to be less
believable, to be less engrossing and immersive.
But on to the subject of a reboot...
Would I be interested in seeing that? It depends. First of all, Keanu Reeves nailed it down dead, when he said that he would want nothing to do with
the thing unless it had the original production staff, and similarly, I would want nothing to do with it unless it had most of the original cast, and
the directing capabilities of the Wachowskis behind it. But there again, an awful lot depends on what Warner Bros mean by a reboot. If what they mean
is, lets just make those films again, from the start... thats not going to work. A sequel? Sure, something to follow on from the end of Revolution?
Absolutely. Neo in God mode perhaps? I can dig the living heck out of that. Of course, I would want it done BLOODY well, because The Matrix is... its
my Holy Grail movie. If they messed it up, and over did the effects, failed to stay somewhat grounded with it, it would ruin my day massively.
But if they mean a reboot, where basically all the currently accepted canon just evaporates under the pressure to make a whole boat load of money,
all the actors get replaced with today's hot, young things, the directors get replaced with... pretty much anybody, then no. I cannot get behind that.
This is not Star Trek. Put another way, when someone makes a joke that goes down badly, and they say "Oh what? Too soon?"... that would be how I feel
about rebooting The Matrix, in a similar fashion to how they did Star Trek. I liked the Star Trek movies by the way, but I think we can all agree that
enough time had passed for that reboot to work.
Rebooting the Matrix from the ground up, would be a disastrous thing to do, in my opinion. Its like, we will not need a new Stonehenge any time soon,
and by the same token, we will not be needing a fully rebooted Matrix until all the current actors are incapable of sitting in a wire harness, without
needing hip replacement surgery.
To summarise, I am both interested in and absolutely aghast at the idea of a Matrix reboot.