Over at filmexperience there is a wonderful series going on called 'Hit me with your best shot' where you get to choose your single favorite shot from the assigned movie and write the reason why you chose it. Today, it's all about The Matrix. I'm gonna go ahead and post 3 but the main one I'm choosing is this:
1. It's so hard to choose a best shot out of the movie with dozens of iconic shots. But the one with the cat was always one of my favorites - I love the whole universe of The Matrix where the things out of our ordinary world are given strange significance. Phones are your exits, pills snap you out of delusion and cause you to wake up in the real world and cats? Well, enjoy the deja vu.
2. This is perhaps the movie's bravest shot - showing the machine treating people like batteries, from the very moment a new human is born. While the idea was very similar to Terminator with the machine defeating the humans and so on, I don't remember an image depicting the tragedy of mankind after losing the war, captured as well in a single shot in any other movie.
2. There are a lot of splendid shots in The Matrix but for me there is one that immediately comes to my mind when I think of this movie - the shot of Trinity from the beginning of the film, right before the car is about to hit her. I'm not sure what it is about this shot. Perhaps it's because we see the concept of answering the phone and disappearing in the Matrix for the first time, perhaps it's the great way in which the scene is executed or perhaps it's the literal close call for Trinity who barely escapes and thrillingly opens the movie.