A Glitch in the Matrix

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A Glitch in the Matrix
A Glitch in the Matrix poster.jpg
Official release poster
Directed byRodney Ascher
Produced byRoss M. Dinerstein
Starring
  • Nick Bostrom
  • Joshua Cooke
  • Erik Davis
  • Paul Gude
  • Emily Pothast
  • Chris Ware
  • Jeremy Felts
  • Alex LeVine
  • Brother Læo Mystwood
  • Jesse Orion
CinematographyGeorge Feucht
Edited by
  • Rodney Ascher
  • Rachel Tejada
Music byJonathan Snipes
Animation by
Production
companies
  • Campfire
  • Highland Park Classics
  • Valparaiso Pictures
Distributed byMagnolia Pictures
Release date
  • January 31, 2021 (2021-01-31) (Sundance)[1]
  • February 5, 2021 (2021-02-05) (United States)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$2,238

A Glitch in the Matrix is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Rodney Ascher. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 31, 2021, and was released theatrically and on digital platforms on February 5, 2021 by Magnolia Pictures to generally positive reviews.[2]

Premise[edit]

Part science fiction mind-scrambler, part horror story, A Glitch in the Matrix is a multimedia exploration of simulation hypothesis – an "idea as old as Plato's Republic and as current as Elon Musk's Twitter feed" – through the eyes of those who suspect the world we live in is not real.[3]

Production[edit]

The film was first announced on February 4, 2019 as part of the European Film Market, with Quiver Entertainment, then known as Kew Media Distribution, handling international sales.[4] On December 15, 2020, the film was selected as part of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival lineup.[3] The following day, Magnolia Pictures acquired worldwide rights to the film.[5] Alongside the announcement, a teaser trailer was released.

Release[edit]

The film had its world premiere on January 31, 2021 at the Sundance Film Festival as part of the Midnight section. The film was then given a limited theatrical release on February 5, 2021, as well as a digital release via premium video on demand.[6]

In its opening weekend, the film grossed $3,000 in the United States.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 68% Fresh rating, with the site's critical consensus reading "Although occasionally muddled, A Glitch in the Matrix is a thought-provoking portrait of digital culture and its relationship to reality." The film has an average score of 6.2/10 based on 98 critic reviews. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 62/100 based on 25 critic reviews.

Wendy Ide of Screen International called the documentary "fascinating, mind-expanding, infuriating, bewildering," and "bracingly ambitious" in a positive review.[8] John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that "though it leaves some avenues under-explored and gives a bit too much attention to the sci-fi landmark name-checked in its title, the film makes for engrossing, sometimes unsettling viewing" in another mostly positive review.[6] Leslie Felperin of The Guardian gave the film 3/5 stars, stating that "what's missing from this fecund brew, which you could imagine being twice as long, is any kind of judgment or analysis of the subjects."[9] Noel Murray from the Los Angeles Times wrote that "while the doc may be overlong, it's consistently fascinating because of its implications" in a mixed review.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX". Sundance Film Festival. Archived from the original on February 6, 2021. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  2. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (February 3, 2021). "'A Glitch in the Matrix' Review: A Documentary Plunge Into Simulation Theory and its Resonant, Annoying True Believers". Variety. Archived from the original on February 6, 2021. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Patten, Dominic; D'Alesssandro, Anthony (December 15, 2020). "Sundance 2021 Full Lineup: Pandemic, Politics, Rita Moreno, Octavia Butler, 'Passing' & 'Sesame Street' Pack Semi-Virtual Festival". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 6, 2021. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  4. ^ "KEW MEDIA DISTRIBUTION LANDS INTERNATIONAL SALES RIGHTS FOR SLATE OF NEW FILMS TO BE INTRODUCED AT EFM IN BERLIN". Quiver Entertainment (Press release). February 4, 2019. Archived from the original on February 7, 2021. Retrieved February 7, 2021.
  5. ^ Welk, Brian (December 16, 2020). "Rodney Ascher's 'A Glitch in the Matrix' Acquired by Magnolia Ahead of Sundance Premiere". TheWrap. Archived from the original on February 6, 2021. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  6. ^ a b DeFore, John (January 30, 2021). "'A Glitch in the Matrix': Film Review | Sundance 2021". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on February 7, 2021. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  7. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (February 7, 2021). "'Earwig And The Witch' Hits Theaters, 'Supernova' Stays Afloat – Specialty Box Office". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 7, 2021. Retrieved February 7, 2021.
  8. ^ Ide, Wendy (January 31, 2021). "'A Glitch In the Matrix': Sundance Review". Screen International. Archived from the original on February 6, 2021. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  9. ^ Felperin, Leslie (February 4, 2021). "A Glitch in the Matrix review – deep-dive into simulation theory". The Guardian. Archived from the original on February 6, 2021. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  10. ^ Murray, Noel (February 4, 2021). "Review: Reality or fantasy, 'A Glitch in the Matrix' argues that it's always best to play nice". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 6, 2021. Retrieved February 6, 2021.

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