I just watched a very cool video that shows some of the movie references that were “remixed” in The Matrix. It’s a pretty interesting analysis, and I’m sure if you’re a fan of The Matrix you’ll absolutely love it.
The video essentially shows various scenes from The Matrix, alongside the original film clip that inspired each one. I’ve summarized the key points below, but I highly recommend you watch the video for the complete, awe-inspiring compilation. So go ahead and throw on your Matrix sunglasses and watch it NOW!
The video starts out with the Kung Fu training session that Neo and Morpheus participate in. As you will see, many of the martial arts moves were “remixed” from earlier martial arts movies, like 1978’s Drunken Master, 1993’s Tai Chi Master, and 1994’s Fist of Legend.
Another martial arts movie, 1989’s The Killer, inspired the scene where Neo and Agent Smith shoot bullets at each other while levitating above the ground. And the ensuing battle between Neo and Agent Smith is similar to a scene in 1993’s Iron Monkey, as well as 1991’s Once Upon a Time in China.
Next, the video takes an unexpected turn, as it shows a speech given in 1977 that seems to describe the concept of The Matrix perfectly…right down to the déjà vu element! The video then starts showing comparisons in a rapid-fire manner. Apparently The Matrix was influenced by such films as 1995’s Strange Days (the scene at the beginning where Neo sells the hacked CD), 1988’s Akira (the scene with the kids in the Oracle’s apartment), 1990’s Total Recall (the whole concept of living out a virtual set of memories, and even the red pill/blue pill scene), Alice in Wonderland (follow the white rabbit…), and more.
Although a couple of the comparisons are a bit of a stretch, all in all I found the video to be entertaining and informative. It’s definitely pretty eye-opening. So, if you’ve got about 6 minutes to spare, I recommend you watch. You’ll be glad you did!