Reel Rumbles #13 – “Blade Runner” vs. “The Matrix”

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  1. Well, I agree. When I watch Blade Runner, sure there are pretty good parts, and some exciting action scenes, but as a whole, it feels bloated and sluggish. So much so, that I find it hard to actually sit still through it
    The Matrix, on the other hand, does cram in a lot of philosophical mumbo jumbo, but the visual aspect of it makes up for it much better than Blade Runner does.
    They both have their faults, but I find the world of the Matrix much more fascinating to study than Blade Runner’s.

  2. Jared says:

    It seems wrong to credit the Matrix for being original with a 10-8 score.

    Dark City (1998) is an exceptional sci fi movie that came out a year before it. It is about (spoiler) Humans imprisoned in an artifical reality, and the one man with unique powers who can overcome the system and save the day (end spoiler). Sounds familiar no? Great movie that I highly recommend.

    Even if it was a new thing, I don’t think originality necessary equals greatness, or that unoriginality equals weakness. Great stories are very commonly formed around much overused premises. Both Blade Runner and the Matrix have some good philosphy, but Id give BR the edge in the story department. The 3rd act of the Matrix is just a ton of kick ass action with a promise to get to the rest of the story in the sequels (which for me, didnt work out too well).

  3. Random Guy says:

    Wow. Two of my favorite movies of all time. I consider this battle a tie, personally. I do agree with a lot of what was said here, though: I found Blade Runner’s story to be a little unfocused and the script to be utilitarian, but The Matrix had mediocre acting in spots (coming entirely from Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss… who ironically played the main characters) and while I adore its direction, Scott’s direction in Blade Runner is just second to none. Each film is completely different, but Blade Runner did inspire The Matrix. I love this article and can definitely see why you’d pick The Matrix (although I can see the other side too).