The Matrix and the many 2000s films that ripped it off


X Men (2000)

On the one hand, X Men followed the predecessors of the previous Marvel film, which was released in theaters in 1998 blade. blade hit The Matrix to theaters and had a lot of his own kung fu, black leather and industrial music. But in The Matrixthe leather felt like a costume, part of the shift from the heroes' normal boring selves to superheroic identities.

Spectators come by again X Men From the perspective of the superhero boom, one might wonder why the film crew chose not to wear yellow spandex, but for early 2000s viewers, the black leather costumes felt very much like something resembling a superhero should carry. Over the years, X Men Sequels would borrow further The Matrixwith bullet time being used for the opening of Nightcrawler X2: X Men United (2003) or Quicksilver's set piece in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).

Shrek (2001)

While it received more recognition at the time, Shrek doesn't have much more creative juice than Scary movie. There is more of a coherent narrative, but ShrekThe writers also pile on any pop culture references they can incorporate into a very familiar story.

When Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) performs her variation of the Trinity Freeze Kick in mid-air, the gag feels obvious rather than surprising. Shrek There are a few extra points for the detail of Fiona fixing her hair while hanging in the air, and the fight scene against the Merry Men is well choreographed. Still, it is sad to witness such a revolutionary moment The Matrix become banal so quickly Shrek.

Kung Pow! Enter the Fist (2002)

Another parody film, another one matrix Reference. To his honor, Kung Pow! Enter the Fist has a low-budget goofiness that sets it apart Scary movie And Shrek. Aside from that, Kung Pow! parodies Shaw Brothers kung fu pictures and given the Wachowskis' debt to the Hong Kong studio matrix The joke feels more earned.

But the actual factor that determines it Kung Pow! What sets it apart from its predecessors is the fact that it makes the effort to tell a real joke. When the Chosen One (writer, director and star Steve Oedekerk) wanders into a meadow despite all warnings, he is immediately challenged by a terrible-looking CGI cow. The two engage in a fierce kung fu fight before they both do one matrix-Style jump kick. But the cow wins, which is always a funny joke.