Thursday, November 26, 2009

Lego Matrix

It's hard to believe it but The Matrix turns TEN this year. Does anyone remember when this first came out? It was like nothing you'd seen before. It was like seeing Star Wars for the first time. Or Jaws. Or Blade Runner. Or Jurassic Park. Thinking about it now, I don't remember the last time I've been in a full theatre going UTTERLY BALLISTIC at a mainstream blockbuster film like the screening of The Matrix I attended ten years ago. The film's CGI felt fresh at the time; all that slow-mo bullet time stuff was still in its infancy. Ten years later, we've been inundated by so much CGI it's lost its power to surprise (here's hoping Avatar delivers the same kind of first-time magic). And for The Matrix, it's gone from being New Cool Thing to Who Cares? in the space of two poorly received sequels which tried to expand its mythology but ended up alienating everyone who loved the first film.

This all is just a long-winded way of prefacing this very cool clip of one of Matrix's key scenes re-done in LEGO form to commemorate its 10th Anniversary!! There's no CGI in this, everything was done, rather impressively, "in camera". It took 440 hours and $500 to create. Quite genius:

Now check out the side-by-side comparison of the original scene and Lego version. Talk about attention to detail:

To learn more about the making of, visit Lego Matrix.

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