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02.06.2015by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Moments from the films of The Wachowskis

Over the last two decades, The Wachowskis have revolutionized action films with their MATRIX trilogy. With the opening of JUPITER ASCENDING this weekend, we could be seeing yet another influential visual blockbuster or another missed opportunity from the filmmakers. Even in their movies that don't quite work as a whole, The Wachowskis have given us some truly spectacular and memorable movie moments. Here is our ranking of the ten best from their career. If you disagree or have something that didn't make our cut, feel free to add it to the talk backs below.

#10 - The Extended Trailer (CLOUD ATLAS)

A collaboration between Tom Tykwer and The Wachowskis, CLOUD ATLAS impressed us with a powerful six minute trailer. Coupled with an explanatory intro from Lana and Andy Wachowski, this is one of the most unique trailers you will ever see. Many didn't like the film but you cannot deny it was an utterly fascinating experiment.

#9 - Anime Fight (SPEED RACER)

Harkening back to the origins of the SPEED RACER cartoon, The Wachowskis included this brief sequence that perfectly captures the style and pop of anime. SPEED RACER may not have clicked at the box office but remains a fun diversion for kids of all ages.

#8 - Alley Fight (V FOR VENDETTA)

While The Wachowskis didn't direct V FOR VENDETTA, their trademark style pervades the entire film. This sequence in particular owes a lot to THE MATRIX from a choreography standpoint. Plus, the great Hugo Weaving is solid as the masked avenger.

#7 - I Know Kung Fu (THE MATRIX)

I could have picked a ton of moments from the original MATRIX, but this scene features the immortal line as delivered by Keanu Reeves and took us all down the rabbit hole together. The entirely original world envisioned here begins to come together in this sequence and the training scenario that follows.

#6 - Smith vs Neo (THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS)

As cool at THE MATRIX is at the beginning, THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS closes completely over the top and massively out of control. The two sequels to THE MATRIX may have their faults, but the purely cinematic and unabashedly insane final fight between Neo and Agent Smith is a thing of action beauty.

#5 - Ending Sequence (CLOUD ATLAS)

As intricately as CLOUD ATLAS is for the majority of it's running time, all of the stories converge beautifully in the ending minutes, bringing closure to the various timeframes and character incarnations all set to one of the most haunting songs in recent film memory.

#4 - Highway Fight (THE MATRIX RELOADED)

Few action scenes in the last twenty years have been as well done as this highway fight. Exploding vehicles, acrobatic fights, and cutting edge special effects make this scene one that can be rewatched a thousand times and never lose it's luster and excitement.

#3 - Corky and Violet (BOUND)

Once THE MATRIX blew audiences away, fans went back to the debut film from The Wachowskis and found a very different movie. Very sexual but with the same visual style as their scifi epic, BOUND is a great throwback to noir films of yesteryear coupled with what could be one of the sexiest scenes of all time.

#2 - Final Race (SPEED RACER)

SPEED RACER did what many likely thought could never be done and succesfully brought the crazy animated race scenes from the old cartoon to life. Looking like the old Nintendo game F-ZERO crossed with candy-colored visuals, SPEED RACER may be lacking for some in the narrative areas but is absolutely stunning in every other sense.

#1 - Bullet Time (THE MATRIX)

The effect that launched The Wachowskis into the Hollywood elite, this has been copied so many times it has almost become a cliche, but what they achieved here in THE MATRIX is beyond cool and works over a decade after it first hit theaters. This is the lasting achievement of The Wachowskis but hopefully not the last.

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12:05PM on 02/07/2015

V For...

is a cop out, shouldn't be on the list. Can't think of an actual ten?
is a cop out, shouldn't be on the list. Can't think of an actual ten?
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5:36PM on 02/06/2015

Crap, more crap, and ultimate crap.....

I forgot how many bad movies they've done. There were three watchable scenes out of their "top ten." Stunning how they continue to get other people's money to flush down the toilet.
I forgot how many bad movies they've done. There were three watchable scenes out of their "top ten." Stunning how they continue to get other people's money to flush down the toilet.
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5:34PM on 02/06/2015

Those were their top moments?

Holy crap that Speed Racer thing was terrible. Seriously, V For Vendetta was adequately entertaining the original Matrix was great (the 2nd was adequate, the 3rd sucked). Literally everything else they've done is garbage. A perfect example of Hollywood rewarding people for making themselves a spectacle instead of rewarding success and quality work.
Holy crap that Speed Racer thing was terrible. Seriously, V For Vendetta was adequately entertaining the original Matrix was great (the 2nd was adequate, the 3rd sucked). Literally everything else they've done is garbage. A perfect example of Hollywood rewarding people for making themselves a spectacle instead of rewarding success and quality work.
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4:14PM on 02/06/2015

SPEED RACER is awesome

Had heard from many over years that it was totally underrated. Finally watched last year and it is stylistically fantastic and a ton of fun. Marketing it was problematic but it's absolutely up there as a highlight in their filmography.
Had heard from many over years that it was totally underrated. Finally watched last year and it is stylistically fantastic and a ton of fun. Marketing it was problematic but it's absolutely up there as a highlight in their filmography.
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3:22PM on 02/06/2015

I liked CLOUD ATLAS

I was so immersed in the story that I didn't notice the time going by until after the credits rolled; I was stunned when I realized I had been sitting there for 3 hours. It's a shame other moviegoers didn't appreciate what a cool spectacle that film was.
I was so immersed in the story that I didn't notice the time going by until after the credits rolled; I was stunned when I realized I had been sitting there for 3 hours. It's a shame other moviegoers didn't appreciate what a cool spectacle that film was.
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3:20PM on 02/06/2015
I'd call for Trinity's first leap in THE MATRIX, when she takes out the cop. That was the moment when I knew this movie wasn't what I expected.
I'd call for Trinity's first leap in THE MATRIX, when she takes out the cop. That was the moment when I knew this movie wasn't what I expected.
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12:57PM on 02/06/2015

Bullet Time was created by Michel Gondry

Just saying...
Just saying...
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12:04PM on 02/06/2015

Mostly Matrix clips...

No surprise there. The number one moment though should have been when Neo realizes he's the one and comes back to life in the first one. That scene is amazing every way. (musically, visually, and acting)
No surprise there. The number one moment though should have been when Neo realizes he's the one and comes back to life in the first one. That scene is amazing every way. (musically, visually, and acting)
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12:05PM on 02/06/2015
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11:27AM on 02/06/2015
I absolutely loved "SpeedRacer", anything wrong with the acting or plot just worked to the movies advantage in it's campy funness. It was unique and colourful and just so much fun to watch.

The Matrix sequels were kinda overblown, even the first one doesnt age well in some aspects (check out the TGWTG videos released last month). But they are honest filmmakers with ambition and style
I absolutely loved "SpeedRacer", anything wrong with the acting or plot just worked to the movies advantage in it's campy funness. It was unique and colourful and just so much fun to watch.

The Matrix sequels were kinda overblown, even the first one doesnt age well in some aspects (check out the TGWTG videos released last month). But they are honest filmmakers with ambition and style
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11:06AM on 02/06/2015
Well, you can mostly thanks the late David R Ellis for this one... Just rewatch the opening car crash from his Final Destination 2 for a proof of his talent.
Well, you can mostly thanks the late David R Ellis for this one... Just rewatch the opening car crash from his Final Destination 2 for a proof of his talent.
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11:06AM on 02/06/2015
Admitably the Matrix is one of the most influential films ever made from a technicle standpoint. That being said that scene wouldent be complete without quite possibley one of the worst one liners ever.
Admitably the Matrix is one of the most influential films ever made from a technicle standpoint. That being said that scene wouldent be complete without quite possibley one of the worst one liners ever.
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12:00PM on 02/06/2015
"Dodge this." HAHA It should've been Chrysler's slogan!
"Dodge this." HAHA It should've been Chrysler's slogan!

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