The subtle trick that made The Matrix such an good movie
When watching The Matrix, it's easy to get distracted by the incredibly choreographed fight scenes, the stunning CGI, those slo-mo bullet scenes, and Keanu Reeves's tendency to speak only in questions. But the film also puts on display the Wachowskis' filmmaking talents, and their ability to tell a story simply through subtle editing.
These transitions can be thematic, like the cuts between Neo waking up, which fits with the motif of awakening from the Matrix itself. Or these transitions can be more technical, like the camera moving through a computer screen. Sometimes these edits are more aural, like in the club scene when the music transitions into the sound of Neo's alarm clock.
In other scenes, like in the film's opening sequence, these can even provide hints to the plot—as in the camera plunging down the chord of a telephone and out through the monitor of Neo's computer, which speaks to the interconnectivity of the technology and the way the film's characters enter the Matrix.
See a full analysis of how the Wachowskis used these editing feats in the video essay below: