"The Matrix" is about a man trying to escape a false reality by shedding an identity assigned to him by machines. The Wachowskis forever changed the game with this magnificent piece of sci-fi action, that wasn't just your typical Hollywood blockbuster, but it was also a profound piece of storytelling that serves as an allegory for transness.
"I don't know how present my transness was in the background of my brain when we were writing it but it all came from the same kind of fire, Trans people exist — especially me and Lana — in this space where the words didn't exist, so we were always living in a world of imagination." - Lilly Wachowski.
With cinematography from Bill Pope “The Matrix” perfectly captures that machine world. the use of green, black and the films’ ability to switch between the green-tinged code of the matrix and grim yet clear reality, an aesthetic that I personally trace back to 1995 French science fantasy film The City of Lost Children (La Cité des enfants perdus) directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The Matrix fight scenes are some of the most iconic in cinéma and infused with the cyberpunk aesthetics the film is unforgettable experience.