If you don't remember all the way back to the dawn of the DVD (my God...), "The Matrix" from the Wachowskis was the first disc you had to own. It justified the entire medium.
It's only fitting that the "Best of Warner Bros" 50-film box set include "The Matrix," since it is being sold as a way to instantly start a Blu-ray collection, and the magic of popping in the DVD is still present in the present in the HD upgrade.
Whatever your feelings might be about the rest of the trilogy, "The Matrix" is something to respect and enjoy. Could you imagine trying to get that film made today? You cannot, because it would never happen in the world of pre-sold film franchises. "The Matrix" may go down as the last great launch of an original tentpole movie series. (We're keeping our fingers crossed for "Jupiter Ascending.")
The action holds up well, even after 14 years, and plays out in logical sequences of movement, the kind we're not used to anymore.
Even without the CGI present throughout the sequels, the effects still feel modern and for the most part can stand next to many of today's films thanks to the concept's creativity.
Over the course of nine days, MTV Movies Blog will be traveling through cinematic time and the nine decades of movies featured in the "Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection." Each day, we'll review one film from one decade of the box set and taking a look back at the history of the studio.