News culture Netflix says goodbye to this bad copy-paste of Matrix dismantled by critics
Published on 01/21/2023 at 10:55
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The Netflix catalog is destined to evolve with the seasons. While some additions and/or deletions enlighten and sadden subscribers to the SVOD service, others, on the other hand, bow out in complete indifference. This is the case of this copy-paste of Matrix with in the main role Christian Bale.
The Missing Art of Gun KataA catalog in perpetual evolution
The Missing Art of Gun Kata
There are only a handful of films that can boast of having had a lasting impact on their era and forever changed the Art in which they are part: cinema. Star Wars in 1977 and of course Matrix in 1999 belong to this category of feature films for which there is a before and after in the 7th Art. This singular work offered to the world at the end of the 90s by the Wachowskis (Speed Racer, Sense8) cheerfully drew on pop-culture in the broad sense – cinema, manga, video games – to build its universe and brought a subject as well as a sense of aesthetics never before seen in an action film.
Such success is often emulated, and Hollywood, even in the 20th century, was already a master in the art of multiple cloning. From 2002, a copy-paste of Matrix arrives in dark rooms. Equilibrium then unveils on the big screen its infamous martial art – Gun Kata (or Gun Fu) – with a certain Christian Bale (the Dark Knight trilogy, The Prestige) as its main representative. The American actor, who will play Bruce Wayne and his masked alter-ego three years later, evolves under the “wise” eye of director Kurt Wimmer in the heart of a dystopian future where emotions have simply been forbidden in order to stem a possible Third World War. Equilibrium struggled to convince on its release, and collected only 5.3 million US dollars at the worldwide box office for a budget four times higher. Failure is bitter. Twenty years later, the film even pays itself the title of “nanar” in certain circles of cinema insiders Bis and Z.
A catalog in perpetual evolution
The Netflix catalog is constantly evolving to such an extent that it is sometimes difficult to navigate. We could even think that the SVOD service plays in a certain way with its subscribers by announcing (too) rarely the departures of series / anime / films. Conversely, the streaming platform hit with the red N is quick to reveal new releases, whether Netflix Originals or not. We recently learned of the removal of Sword Art Onlinea popular anime, the January 31, 2023i.e. the same day as a certain Equilibrium which we mentioned earlier. However, subscribers can be reassured. Many programs will come to enrich the Netflix catalog by the end of the month. Thus, the fantasy series Lockwood & Co will speak to fans of Harry Potter and Stranger Things starting January 27 while the South Korean film Boy will thrill sci-fi fans on the 20th of the same month.
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