- “The Matrix” revolutionized the sci-fi genre, and there are movies fans of the film may also enjoy.
- “The Matrix” star Keanu Reeves also plays an action hero in “John Wick” and “Speed.”
- Films like “Blade Runner 2049,” “V for Vendetta,” and “Minority Report” feature dystopian futures.
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Why you’ll like it: Before he played Neo in “The Matrix,” Reeves garnered critical acclaim for his performance in “Speed.”
Upon its release, the breathless action flick solidified Reeves’ position as a strong protagonist and proved he could add dimension to a high-stakes thriller.
Why you’ll like it: Fans who enjoyed the stranger aspects of the “Matrix” mythology will love this homage to space operas.
Why you’ll like it: Although the Wachowskis passed directing duties to James McTeigue, “V for Vendetta” benefits from the duo’s intelligent dialogue and innovative storytelling.
The film also stars Weaving, who delivers an unforgettable performance as V and memorably played Agent Smith in “The Matrix” trilogy.
Why you’ll like it: “District 9” is an inventive take on alien films — the new species comes looking for peace and aid instead of destruction.
“The Matrix” makes viewers question the motives of the sentinels who hunt down Neo and his friends, and similarly “District 9” turns the science-fiction narrative on its head and questions the morality of the humans.
Why you’ll like it: Just as Neo rewrites the code around him to stop bullets, the characters in “Inception” use dreams to bend the reality around them.
Although “The Matrix” reveals its plot twist early in the film, “Inception” holds onto its twist until the final frame — a cleverly executed ending that keeps viewers on their toes until the last second.
In the process, he becomes the unwitting test subject for Ava (Alicia Vikander), the company’s latest advancement in artificial intelligence.
Why you’ll like it: It’s not as bombastic or action-packed as some other entries on this list, but “Ex Machina” is a compelling slow burn with a distinguished cast and has all of the elements of a mesmerizing science-fiction thriller.
Why you’ll like it: James Cameron introduced a game-changing entry in the science-fiction genre with “The Terminator” 15 years before “The Matrix” made its debut.
Although its six sequels received mixed critical reception, the long-running franchise is a testament to the massive success of the first film.
Why you’ll like it: Like “The Matrix,” “Minority Report” is another science-fiction thriller set in a dystopian future. While the former makes great use of computer programming and tech to forward its story, the latter uses its protagonist’s technology against him.
Why you’ll like it: In “The Matrix,” Neo goes from isolated hacker to kung-fu master after Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) offers to train him.
And in the action movie “Upgrade,” Trace has a similar trajectory as he uses new powers to become an unexpected hero.
Why you’ll like it: A follow-up to the science-fiction classic “Blade Runner” (1982), “Blade Runner 2049” returns to a city in shambles with Gosling providing a fresh pair of eyes.
Like “The Matrix,” the “Blade Runner” films benefit from innovative world-building and cutting-edge special effects to fully immerse viewers.
Why you’ll like it: Like a lot of films on this list, “I, Robot” explores the relationship between robots and humans in an alternate future.
Although the war between machines and humans is volatile in “The Matrix,” this film establishes a more tenuous and nuanced connection between metal and man.
Why you’ll like it: Since “The Matrix,” Reeves has worked across an array of genres, but his most recent critical success has stemmed from the “John Wick” series.
The film, and its subsequent sequels, have gripping action sequences, stunning fight choreography, and worthy villains. Through it all, Reeves never misses a beat as the titular hero, taking down thugs and top assassins with a flick of his wrists.