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Maybe The Matrix Ruined Science Fiction Movies

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The Matrix was a hugely influential film, which helped launch a million black-clad wuxia-fueled adventures. But maybe it had an even bigger impact? Josh Friedman, creator of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, suggests The Matrix ruined science fiction movies.

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Tomorrow sees the release of Sense8, the super-ambitious epic from the Wachowskis — so it’s perfect timing that today, we’re questioning the impact of their most famous work. Today on Twitter, Friedman went on a fascinating rant, dealing with the difficulty of getting a huge enough audience to watch science fiction on television. And the massive budgets needed to make science fiction “work” on the small(er) screen. Here are the relevant portions:

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There’s more, including a side-rant about the DC Comics shows like Arrow, which Friedman contends have conditioned audiences to expect a “slick/cheap look” and shallow, steady-state storytelling. But what do you think? Was The Matrix the tipping point that turned science fiction into the genre of fancy CG effects and action sequences?

(My take: Not sure. Advances in computer graphics and processing power were probably going to lead to the rise of huge VFX showcases anyway, and it probably did start with Jurassic Park. But maybe The Matrix helped push us over the edge.)

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I really don’t get the love for Ex Machina. It was an okay movie, I guess, and full of fine performances, but it’s not even in my top ten for the year. It just seemed slow, predictable, with nothing new to say. It asked questions, sure, but it was nothing jaw-dropping. Maybe it was just the effects (which were superb, I do have to say).