No sequel could have lived up to 1999’s The Matrix. With one film, the Wachowskis changed action cinema forever. When the filmmakers announced they were following up their iconic film with two sequels, fans flipped, but when those movies hit theaters within five months of one another, people didn't know what to make of them. Both Reloaded and Revolutions were criticized for being bloated and overreaching. But are the Matrix sequels really worthy of such detestation?
Rather than using the Matrix trilogy to remake the original film twice, the Wachowskis instead decided to take the best parts of The Matrix and twist them into new kinds of sequels. These movies don't just follow in the footsteps of their predecessor - they turn the story upside-down and inside-out. While they resemble the original, they're still completely new.