Codepunk 049 20 Years of the Matrix

by Bill Ahern on

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It's hard to believe that the Matrix came out 20 years ago. The film changed the industry when it came to cinema, special effects, and the ability for a science fiction movie with heavy philosophy to be successful in the mainstream. It also effectively killed cyberpunk for a significant period of time, as many stories and movies became black leather clad action tropes with over-indulgent philosophy.

In this episode, we discuss the impact that the Matrix had on culture, and how the film was influenced by (and subsequently influenced) hacker culture. Does the film hold up after all this time? And what parallel's exist between the themes in the Matrix, and the overall outlook of cyberpunk as a genre?