TMC continues to broadcast the Wachowski saga this evening.
While they were the two most anticipated blockbusters of 2003, Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions took a huge bashing revealing the mind-boggling strike force of the internet. Now we would have to deal with that.
By Romain Thoral
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Sailing in troubled and choppy waters, alongsideIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, from Tanned, lifelong friends or some Last Jedi, Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions are now used as stray ships that we can hardly imagine arriving safely at port. Here are films which generated from their announcement a gigantic degree of excitement which was roughly equal to the contempt that the public offered them at the time of their release. No flop, much worse than that: works that everyone would like to forget. Since then, no question for anyone to go back to their positions of yesteryear. Their reputation is now sealed, the rehabilitation will not be for tomorrow.
With his rave party stuck in the depths of Zion to the cryptic monologue of the Architect, ultimately bringing more questions than answers to the mysteries of the saga, Matrix Reloaded, released in May, crystallized a mixture of mockery and staggering hatred, becoming the official punching bag of the season. A feeling of anger that spread at high speed through the times. Have we seen that since? Eighteen years later, we even end up wondering if all this fuss was not vaguely desired by authors who would later become aces of the $ 100 million suicide bomber. The much wiser Matrix Revolutions, stalled in the month of November, became the absolute non-event of winter. Since the inception of the two projects, the heads of Warner had fun prophesying that 2003 would be “The Matrix year” and, in a sense, they were right: never was the love rating for the first part so palpable.
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Culture of hate
2003 is also the moment when unlimited internet and adsl suddenly become accessible to the general public. From now on, we no longer count the hours to be zoned in the Matrix. Forums are no longer reserved for obsessive techies, but attract a much more varied and much noisier audience. On the border between the geek kingdom and the general public, the saga Matrix crystallizes all the attention of the internet, much more than any other potential hits of the year anyway (Finding Nemo, Pirates of the Caribbean and The king’s return). By orchestrating a promo based on absolute mystery and marketing scavenger hunts, the Wachowskis have fun to titillate a web audience that is just waiting for that. This will run out for months in an endless stream of hypotheses before passing carefully Reloaded on the spit as soon as it arrives in the theater. Matrix then reveals a massive societal phenomenon: haters. The success of the first film was above all the meeting of a work with its time. The failure of the next two sections is based on the same principle. Two years earlier or later, the reaction would not have been the same: it is the zeitgeist and the new tools made available that have shaped the disastrous reputation of the last sections. Despite their defenses (though?), The Wachowskis made emerge from the depths of the virtual a culture of hatred, still in force, which would become the official scarecrow of pop culture. For better or for worse, they remain incredible visionaries.
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