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Matrix 4 and the affect it has on Generation X

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Matrix has undoubtely influenced and affected the generation of people who were old enough to watch when released in the theaters in 1999

I was 20 years-old. I didn’t understand all the concepts and the philosophies that were unravelled in the film. Still, I was definitely mind-blown by the reality vs simulation, the Ghost in the Shell likeness, the fact that Trinity was so awesome.

I already liked the actress from previous shows and  I was like “Yeah they got her to play Trinity, so awesome!”.

Keanu Reeves of course.

Matrix 1,2 and 3 were revelations. They are an amazing trilogy.

When the 4th was announced I was very curious to see what they can do with the to story and I was genuinely excited.

I mean c’mon, a chance to see Neo and Trinity again? Even if it would suck, I was prepared to love it.

It’s an understatement to say that I am biased.

But let me go deep

I hope I don’t insult any one here, age-wise,  but the nostalgia and the fact that I have grown old, hit me hard on this. This film, watching it at 43 years of for the first time, made me way more nostalgic and aware of the years that have passed, even more than when I turned 40.

Seeing Neo and Trinity, portrayed by the beloved actors that have also growed old, but so graciously, has hit me so hard, in a very nostalgic way.

We can’t go back time. However, I’m so grateful that I got to experience the first Matrix when it was out. The goth scene, which I was so much into, was my reality at that time. Even though I didn’t wear PVS catsuits cause my body type doesn’t allow it, but I was so much in the dark side of fashion. Electro-goth, Industrial, call it what you like, I was there. The late 90s, the early 00s with their Matrix, Cyber-like, futuristic aesthetics.

Winamp with crazy, futuristic-looking skins, the websites with industrial elements, everything, I was part of it. and I’m so happy that I got to experience it.

I can’t help but try to compare what was the equivalent for my parents. I’m sure there were many things and a lot of great milestones happened back in the 60s and 70s.

The Matrix is so important to me, and probably to more people of my generation. We grew up with this classic.

Not everyone enjoyed the 4th, and for their own reasons. I respect that.

I loved it for what it is, for what it was and for what it represents. It’s a great story and a film that makes me feel so deeply nostalgic. Happy and sad at the same time.

The sad part, is my own thing. You should not feel sad watching it, on the contrary, it is a fun movie.

It’s a great film. It portrays love. and that it is eternal.

I’m so grateful and happy for my family. I love my partner, I love more than anything my son.

This film makes me aware of myself, my past and my present and hopefully my future (which I’m still working on that).




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