16 films for those who liked the new “Matrix”

The fantastic action movie The Matrix: Resurrection was released eighteen years after the previous part. A lot has changed since then: technology has stepped far forward, and the Wachowski brothers have become sisters. However, the legendary franchise has not lost its relevance. Anyone who has sunk into the soul of the story of a hacker who discovered the virtuality of the world around us, we advise you to watch similar films – some were made under the influence of The Matrix, while others were inspired by the creators of this franchise.

Upgrade (2018)

The fantasy movie is about a guy who opposes the system. He lives in a world enslaved by high technology, but does not want to put up with it. In the future, high technology is present in almost every aspect of life, but Gray is not ready to accept it. The protagonist of the film is not like those around him – he refuses to use the latest developments of scientists , preferring to use his own hands and mind. Everything changes when Gray becomes a victim of bandits.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Upgrade

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller, Detective, Crime

Actors:
Logan Marshall-Green, Melanie Vallejo, Steve Danielsen…

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.5

Age Limits :
18+


Ghost in the Shell (2017)

American science fiction action movie based on the cult manga of the same name. A young girl after a disaster becomes the world’s first cyborg – a creature with the brain of a living person, but a completely artificial body. The heroine joins the ranks of intelligence agents and is engaged in the fight against terrorism. At the head of an elite unit, a girl sets off on the trail of a hacker who has been noted for high-profile crimes in the virtual space.

Original title:
Ghost in the Shell

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller, Drama, Crime

Actors:
Scarlett Johansson, Pilu Asbek, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche…

Country:
USA, India, Hong Kong, China, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.3

Age limit:
16+


Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Near future. In addition to people, the Earth is inhabited by replicants who perform the most difficult work. Kay is a police officer who must keep them under control. Unexpectedly, he learns secret information, but it seems that only Officer Deckard, who disappeared many years ago, is able to figure everything out. The hero of the film is very similar to Neo from The Matrix: he also learns that he is the chosen one. A man is trying to prevent the death of mankind and at the same time finds out the shocking truth about the structure of the world.

Original title:
Blade Runner 2049

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller, Drama, Detective

Actors:
Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas…

Country:
USA, UK, Hungary, Canada, Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Dedicated (2014)

A smart young man lives in an ideal world of the future. A highly developed civilization has conquered pain, war and violence. Even from ordinary mistakes, a person is protected – the system will choose the most suitable path in life. The guy will become the Keeper of Memory – representatives of this unique profession store information about the past of mankind. The mentor reveals to the hero the terrible secrets of the past, completely overturning the idea of ​​the world.

Original title:
The Giver

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep …

Country:
South Africa, Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
12+


Lucy (2014)

More recently, Lucy was an ordinary sexy beauty. Due to tragic circumstances, the heroine of the film completely changes – now she is a very dangerous person who can literally kill with one movement. From now on, abilities that were previously something from the realm of fantasy become reality for the heroine. Lucy’s life changed literally in a day, as did Neo, the key character in The Matrix. The girl turns out to be the target of some dangerous subjects, the incredible truth about the world around her is revealed to her, and she acquires unusual abilities .

Original title:
Lucy

Genre:
Action, fantasy

Actors:
Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Choi Min-sik …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Signal (2014)

The film opens with the hacker students receiving a strange message from an unknown Nomad. Further events unfold in a similar way: the guys become participants in frightening and inexplicable incidents. The plot is close to The Matrix: just like Neo, the characters received a mysterious message. Both films feature fictional reality, stalkers, dangerous chases, and difficult decisions.

Original title:
The Signal

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Brenton Thwaites, Laurence Fishburne, Olivia Cooke …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Oblivion (2013)

Having survived the war with aliens , the Earth has become like a continuous desert – now it is unsuitable for further habitation. Jack is a technician who sets up drones. He finds a crashed NASA ship and manages to save only one female pilot . This event completely changes his life. Fans of films like The Matrix will surely be impressed by this sci-fi. Like Neo, Jack realizes he has been living an illusion. At some point, he will have to choose his future fate, on which the fate of other people will also depend.

Original title:
Oblivion

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller, Adventure, Romance

Actors:
Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.0

Age Limits :
12+


Reality Changers (2011)

David Norris accidentally finds out the stunning news: the world is moving according to a premeditated scenario, and there can be no serious deviations from this plan. When the hero of the film meets a charming dancer , agents of the secret Bureau report that this girl is not destined for him. However, David does not agree to put up with this. The films contain many similar moments: David understands that people are puppets of some hidden “puppeteer”. Also, the guy becomes aware of his special role in the history of the world.

Original title:
The Adjustment Bureau

Genre:
Fiction, thriller, romance

Actors:
Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
12+


Time (2011)

The main role in the fantastic blockbuster was played by a popular music artist . Genetic technology has made humans virtually immortal, but the time past the age of twenty-five comes at a high price. The rich can live almost forever, while the poor have to fight for every extra minute. A ghetto rebel wrongfully accused of murder and robbery is forced to confront the cops and the slipping time.

Original title:
In Time

Genre:
Fantasy, Romance, Action

Actors:
Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Vincent Kartheiser, Olivia Wilde…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.7

Age Limits :
12+


Beginning (2010)

Cobb is an unusual thief – he steals important information hidden in the depths of human consciousness. The hero of the film enters dreams when the mind of the victim is especially malleable. One day he receives an unusual task – not to steal an idea, but to inspire it. Cobb is similar to the key character of The Matrix in his ability to operate in multiple realities. Each of their characters one day begins to suspect that they are living an illusion. They also have to hide from dangerous pursuers.

Original title:
Inception

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller, Drama, Detective

Actors:
Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard…

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.7 , IMDb – 8.8

Age limit:
12+


Surrogates (2009)

2057 year. People almost do not communicate with each other, preferring the society of substitute robots. One day, some terrorists begin to exterminate androids and their owners. Tom Greer is a cop trying to figure out what drives killers. The main similar points of the two films: people have long been deprived of real life and exist in a world of illusion. Tom, like the protagonist of The Matrix, is trying to open the real world to others.

Original title:
Surrogates

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller

Actors:
Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.3

Age Limits :
12+


Cargo (2009)

Due to the ecological catastrophe, the planet Earth is almost completely depopulated. All of humanity is forced to crowd into overcrowded space stations. The young doctor expects to start a new life on a distant planet, where he has to fly for several years. During the flight, an accident occurs, bringing the crew out of suspended animation. Attempts to understand what happened reveal the true mission of the space expedition.

Original title:
Cargo

Genre:
Fiction, thriller, detective

Actors:
Anna Shvabrokh, Martin Rapold, Regula Grauwiler …

Country:
Switzerland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Island (2005)

Lincoln is an inhabitant of a space that is carefully controlled by the authorities. The character of the film hopes one day to be among the people who have the happy opportunity to go to the “Island” – the name of the last unpolluted territory on Earth. However, the hero soon realizes that he is surrounded by one lie. Lincoln is similar to Neo in that for a long time his true mission was not clear to him. Like the main character of The Matrix, he lived a lie for a long time, under the yoke of a hard government.

Original title:
The Island

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller

Actors:
Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Djimon Hounsou, Sean Bean …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.8

Age Limits :
12+


13th floor (1999)

Scientists are creating a supercomputer, thanks to which it is possible to recreate any part of the planet that exists now or that existed before – along with the consciousness of local residents. The model is not just similar to the original, but identical to it. Subsequently, a series of mysterious deaths occur. Hannon, the founder of the project, is forced to dive into a program that recreates the city of his childhood in order to get to the truth.

A list of films similar to The Matrix would not be complete without the story of a character who is trying to uncover a conspiracy, operating in two different worlds. Also, fantastic paintings are similar in the presence of a simulation of reality.

Original title:
The Thirteenth Floor

Genre:
Fiction, thriller, detective

Actors:
Craig Bierko, Gretchen Mol, Armin Muller-Stahl …

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Dark City (1998)

A man from a city where there is eternal night is being hunted by the police and a group of strange psychokinetics. The man is suspected of committing brutal serial murders , but he himself does not remember anything . With the help of telekinesis, the hero tries to resist his pursuers, and from fragments of memory and incoherent evidence, the hero tries to restore the true picture of events.

Original title:
Dark City

Genre:
Fiction, thriller, detective

Actors:
Rufus Sewell, William Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly …

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Nirvana (1997)

The Franco-Italian fantasy film is considered a true cyberpunk classic . The release of a grandiose computer game with incredible possibilities of virtual reality is planned. The impact of the virus leads to unexpected consequences: there is a threat to the psyche of the players, and the characters awaken to self-awareness. The creator decides to destroy his own creation and goes against the giant corporation.

Original title:
Nirvana

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, detective

Actors:
Christopher Lambert, Diego Abatantuono, Sergio Rubini …

Country:
Italy, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
18+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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