The Matrix: How to Begin a Movie

In this video essay, Patrick Willems discusses one of his favorite film openings: that of The Matrix. Using examples from the film, he shows us how the opening sequence functions as a puzzle, revealing new elements and clues that establish a sense of mystery and suspense, while preparing viewers for the film that’s about to unfold.

 


Openings


Cyberpunk


Lana & Lilly Wachowski


The Matrix Trilogy