The Matrix, is undoubtedly the first motion picture to emphasize the evolution of technology and let us know that a new millenium was coming, a period of wise-effect movies, with tributes to the dystopian fiction and the cyberpunk subculture and lots of references and symbols from different religions and philosophies (for example, when Neo takes the red pill given by Morpheus – the god of dreams in the Greek mithology – and he finds himself in the painful reality, this is a sending to the enlightened one, “The Awakened” – Buddha, so Morpheus thinks of him as “The One”, the name “Neo” being an anagram for “one”). Maybe it sounds pretentious, and I know it has been said before, but I really think it is a milestone in the industry of movie-making. Before it, there were “Blade Runner” (1982), “Tron” (1982, with original score by Wendy Carlos, which also made the OST for “A Clockwork Orange”, that I already mentioned in an earlier post), “Akira” (anime movie, 1988), “Johnny Mnemonic” (1995), “Ghost in the Shell” (anime movie, 1995), “12 Monkeys” (1995), “Gattaca” (1997). After it came more epicness, like “Equilibrium” (2002), “Minority Report” (2002), “Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence” (2004), “V for Vendetta” (2006, how can I not mention it, since the screenplay was written by the same Wachowski brothers) , “Avatar” (2009, maybe not that epic but we all know that James Cameron used devices created specially so that he could make this movie, after 15 years or so of planning and waiting…, and those who had the “IMAX experience” know what I’m talking about), and I can’t wait for TRON night, on the 28th, this month, to watch the 3D preview for “TRON : Legacy”!!!!
I know I may have omitted great cyberpunk and dystopian fictions, but well… if I made you curious about this, you know that google and the torrents are your friends 😀
And back to our (electric) sheep, with the idea of the movie being sooo epic, the soundtrack couldn’t have been but PERFECT! The first Matrix released two soundtrack albums, one with the tracks that the movie popularized and “The Matrix: Original Motion Picture Score” with the orchestral score in the movie, created by Don Davis. “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions” OST is made by Don Davis with a little “help” from Rob Dougan, Juno Reactor and Pale 3 (only one track).
I know you hate me for using so much epicness, so all I can say is: MATRIX FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!
this one is not on the soundtrack album, but I cannot forget about it, it’s the faint music that can be heard when Neo meets the Oracle, from the 1930’s jazz origin – “Minor Swing” by guitarist Django Reinhardt