10 finest motion pictures to observe earlier than The Matrix 4 on Netflix, HBO Max and extra

10 finest motion pictures to observe earlier than The Matrix 4 on Netflix, HBO Max and extra

The trailer for The Matrix Resurrections, the primary installment within the venerable dystopian sci-fi motion sequence in over 18 years, is out on the earth and with it, a flood of reminiscences of what final occurred to Neo, Trinity, and Morpheus.

There’s loads of time between at times although to revisit the trilogy (all three motion pictures are presently on HBO Max), so in-between brushing up in your kung-fu or dusting off your pince-nez mirror shades, why not throw on a few these motion pictures to make the wait a bit shorter? In celebration of the brand new Matrix trailer, we’ve pulled collectively a listing of 9 movies it is best to watch to prepare for The Matrix Resurrections.

From genre-bending sci-fi to existential documentaries and critically-acclaimed anime, these motion pictures will hold you on the sting of your set till the brand new Matrix film rolls round.

The Animatrix

Picture: Warner Bros. Dwelling Leisure

The Animatrix was one of many centerpieces of The Wachowskis’ effusive transmedia ambitions within the lead as much as premiere of The Matrix Reloaded. The anime anthology isn’t just a few vapid oddity slap-dashed collectively for the sake of superficial promotion. The Animatrix is legitimately one in every of finest anime anthologies ever produced, a group of 9 shorts directed by the likes of animation legends like Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Ninja Scroll), Mahiro Maeda (Blue Submarine No. 6), Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop), Takashi Koike (Redline), and Peter Chung (Æon Flux). With important canonical tales like “The Second Renaissance,” “Last Flight of the Osiris,” and “Child’s Story” alongside extra particular person shorts like “Program,” “World Report,” and “A Detective’s Story,” The Animatrix is each an important companion piece to understanding the Matrix franchise as a complete and an avowed love letter from the Wachowskis to a medium that impressed them to push the boundaries of motion cinema.

The Animatrix is accessible to stream on HBO Max.


Corky (Gina Gershon) and Violet (Jennifer Tilly) exchange an intense look in Bound.

Picture: Gramercy Photos

An erotic lesbian crime drama isn’t fairly precisely the very first thing that leaps to most individuals’s minds when speaking concerning the Wachowskis’ oeuvre, however there actually would by no means have been The Matrix weren’t for the success of their 1996 debut Sure. Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly star as Corky, a ex-con working as a painter and handyman, and Violet, the girlfriend of a mafioso, who enter right into a clandestine tryst shortly after assembly one another. The pair hatch a scheme to steal two million {dollars} from the mafia and run off collectively, just for their plan to be found by Casear (Joe Pantoliano), Violet’s aforementioned boyfriend. The movie is notable not just for its real looking depiction of a lesbian relationship at a time when that was unusual in mainstream movie, however for the involvement of a number of contributors — cinematographer Invoice Pope, editor Zach Staenberg, and composer Don Davis — who would go on to grow to be key in creating The Matrix’s distinctive visible and audio signature. Should you’re wanting to return to the place it began for the Wachowskis, you ought to return and watch Sure. Plus, there’s even an Easter egg to the movie within the new Matrix trailer!

Sure is accessible to stream on Hulu and Paramount Plus.

Cloud Atlas

Zachry (Tom Hanks) clutching a child to him while surrounded by marauders in Cloud Atlas.

Picture: Warner Bros. Photos

Cloud Atlas is arguably the movie that can finest supply a touch as what to tonally count on from a Matrix sequel within the yr 2021, other than The Wachowskis’ Netflix sci-fi drama Sense8. Tailored from David Mitchell’s 2004 novel of the identical title, the epic sci-fi odyssey charts the story of a number of characters from the 1900s to the center of the twenty first century as they try and grapple with the challenges of their respective eras and discover which means of their lives. Starring an ensemble forged together with Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Doona Bae, Susan Sarandon, and extra, the movie is a cofounding, bold, and at occasions deeply transferring story with an “something goes” perspective that equally ends in among the most impressed scenes and questionable directorial choices the Wachowskis have ever produced of their careers. From the seems to be of the trailer, if you wish to brace your self for the type of wild cinematic experimentation you’re prone to discover in The Matrix Resurrections, then Cloud Atlas will level the way in which.

Cloud Atlas is accessible to stream on Tubi.

Darkish Metropolis

Rufus Sewell as John Murdoch strapped inside an apparatus, with Kiefer Sutherland as Dr. Daniel Schreber standing in the background.

Picture: New Line Cinema

Alex Proyas’ neo-noir reality-bending film Darkish Metropolis got here out only a yr earlier than The Matrix, and whereas they had been each made in a vacuum, each units of creators decide at related themes (and The Matrix even reused a few of Darkish Metropolis’s units, tying them even nearer collectively). In any case, it’s a dope movie.

Set in a wierd, inscrutable metropolis seemingly forged below a veil of perpetual night time, the movie stars Rufus Sewell as John Murdoch, an amnesiac who mysteriously wakes up in bathtub and finds himself accused of the homicide of a younger lady. Escaping seize, Murdoch wanders by the streets of this metropolis in the hunt for solutions to who he was and what occurred, all of the whereas stalked by mysterious trench coat-wearing figures who harbor the reality of the town’s true nature and performance. With supporting performances by William Damage as Inspector Bumstead, Jennifer Connelly as Murdoch’s spouse Emma, Richard O’Brien because the sinister Mr. Hand, and an extremely out-of-character efficiency by Kiefer Sutherland as a nebbish scientist named Daniel Schreber, Darkish Metropolis might not be the identical cultural juggernaut because the Wachowskis’ Matrix franchise, nevertheless it actually stands as one of the visually memorable and adventurous sci-fi motion pictures of the late ’90s.

Darkish Metropolis is accessible to stream at no cost with a library card on Kanopy.


Jude Law as Ted Pikul in David Cronenberg’s ExistenZ

Photograph: Dimension Movies

David Cronenberg’s 1999 sci-fi horror thriller about virtual-reality video video games is as excellent a capstone to the director’s decade-spanning run of body-horror classics as doable. Operating with the torch from movies like 1981’s Scanners and 1983’s Videodrome, EXistenZ follows Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a recreation designer who should enter her creation, the simulated world of “EXistenZˆ” contained in a bio-technological fetus-like equipment generally known as a “recreation pod,” in an try and restore it following a failed try on her life. Misplaced within the psychological strata of her personal invention, Allegra should depend on the assistance of Ted Pikul (Jude Regulation), a advertising trainee who has a brand new recreation pod put in inside himself. The road between what’s actual and what’s the recreation blurs as grotesque horrors and reality-distorting feints in an elaborate recreation of subterfuge coalesce right into a disturbing odyssey of radical stakes and proportion.

Existenz is accessible to stream on Showtime.

Ghost within the Shell

Motoko Kusanagi facing off against a spider tank

Picture: Manufacturing I.G/ Manga Leisure

Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 sci-fi motion thriller is a bridge between the parallel canons of Japanese animation and cyberpunk cinema. The story of Main Motoko Kusanagi, the cyborg chief of an elite particular ops squad suffering from existential ennui for her bodily existence, and the eerie utterances of mysterious immaterial entity generally known as the Puppetmaster that beckons her to seek out them, is without doubt one of the defining cornerstones of the subgenre, happening to immediately encourage such works because the Wachowskis’ sci-fi kung-fu tour-de-force The Matrix and Rupert Sanders’ regrettable live-action adaptation. Ghost within the Shell’s motion, particularly the explosive showdown between Kusanagi and machine gun-toting spider tank, is as spectacular to observe at the moment because it was practically three a long time in the past, and the movie’s themes of technological disembodiment and philosophical id are a captivating look into the spirit of an age when individuals had been simply starting to interact with a computer-mediated world.

Ghost within the Shell is accessible to stream at no cost with a library card on Kanopy (and arrives to IMAX theaters for the primary time on Sept. 17)

A Glitch within the Matrix

A computer-rendered image of a suburban street, with green wire-frame trees and streets, and low-res gray people, houses, and cars

Picture: Magnolia Photos

A Glitch within the Matrix isn’t a documentary on the Matrix franchise. Moderately, Room 237 director Rodney Ascher’s nonfiction movie examines how the Wachowskis had been a part of the mainstreaming of simulation principle, the idea that nothing is actual and that every one of bodily existence as we all know it’s run by an elaborate laptop simulation. Leaping between Philip Ok. Dick’s mind-melting 1977 speech in Metz, France to interviews with simulation principle adherents rendered as uncanny CG avatars, to the notorious trial of Joshua Cooke identified for citing the so-called “Matrix Protection,” the movie unpacks the broader social ramifications that include the idea that nothing is actual and the way such a perception poses the doable hazard of exacerbating current issues and probably creating new ones. It’s been over twenty years since The Matrix first premiered in theaters and its secure to say that, within the time since, the world’s gotten a complete lot stranger since then. Any fan of The Matrix owes it to themselves to observe this documentary, not for something that it would reveal concerning the tradition surrounding the movie, however for the way far the concepts of the franchise have gone on to form our tradition since.

A Glitch within the Matrix is accessible to stream on Hulu.

The HiGH&LOW sequence

High & Low The Worst fight scene punch and camera move through brawling crowd

Picture: Shochiku Firm

Should you’re on the lookout for some radical fashionable motion cinema worthy of bullet time, it’s time to nosedive into Japan’s HiGH&LOW sequence. A mix of TV reveals and films, HiGH&LOW weaves a tapestry of gang rivalries and legal conspiracies with a lot of characters who crossover into the varied tales. Right here’s how we put in our large breakdown of the franchise final yr:

In an period the place motion motion pictures continually try and wow the viewers with ever extra advanced photographs and oners, the HiGH&LOW crew have been perfecting the artwork, rhythm, tempo, and science of dynamic and continually evolving monitoring photographs since their first season, reaching new heights in the newest movies. In most different motion pictures and sequence, a lot of these photographs encounter issues reminiscent of extensively uneven pacing, repetition, or uninteresting setups.

Working with proficient motion choreographer Takahito Ôuchi, principal franchise director Sigeaki Kubo solved all these points by steadily and seamlessly shaking issues up. The digicam would possibly abruptly leap 30 toes into the air, then return down once more a number of seconds later. Viewers are taken by holes and damaged home windows, over partitions, hurled by the fray, and spun round by dazzling, dizzying digicam actions. Discreet digital transitions make sure the phantasm of unbrokenness is maintained each time bodily continuity is logistically inconceivable. The vitality and scenography are world-class.

The HiGH&LOW motion pictures are streaming on Netflix.

John Wick

John Wick

Thunder Street Photos

You may draw a straight line from Keanu Reeves’ explosive come-back flip in Chad Stahelski’s neo-noir motion thriller John Wick again to the Matrix trilogy and ahead to this yr’s upcoming The Matrix Resurrections. In spite of everything, Stahelski was one of many stunt coordinators for The The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, and each he and co-director David Leitch had been recruited by Lana Wachowski to return to choreograph combat sequences in The Matrix Resurrections. Should you’re looking forward to a style of what you see within the movie, you couldn’t go incorrect with watching any of the John Wick motion pictures, although particularly the primary one. The fundamental plot is a traditional story of man meets canine, man loses canine to violent residence invaders, man seems to be a retired murderer who embarks on a night-long killing spree to precise revenge on the culprits chargeable for taking his pup away. The motion comes quick and heavy, with terrific bodily performances by Reeves paired with energetic digicam work courtesy of cinematographer Jonathan Sela. Everyone’s already making jokes about how a lot Reeves seems to be like John Wick in The Matrix Resurrections trailer, so in case you’re not already in on the joke, now’s actually the time to catch up.

John Wick is accessible to stream on Peacock.


Paprika falling through the sky

Picture: Madhouse

Searching for an identical mind-bending, “what’s actual” head scratcher to The Matrix, sans kung fu however packed to the brim with lovely colours and memorable, intriguing characters? Look no additional than Paprika. Satoshi Kon’s 2006 movie, his last function earlier than passing away on the age of 46 to pancreatic most cancers, is a kaleidoscopic journey into the minds of atypical individuals through the adventures of Atsuko Chiba, a scientist who moonlights as psychiatric guide who helps sufferers by diving into their desires to unpack their trauma. When a number of of the machines she makes use of to carry out her dream remedy are stolen, Paprika and her cohorts should discover the culprits and retrieve the gadgets earlier than the strains between actuality and the dream world are irrevocably blurred without end. Crammed with fantastical imagery, loving homages to movies like Roman Vacation and From Russia With Love, and an infectiously memorable rating by Berserk composer Susumu Hirasawa, Paprika is a contemporary anime traditional and stable suggestion for any fan of Matrix franchise. —TE

Paprika is accessible to stream on Criterion Channel.