Saturday, 3 March 2012

The Matrix (1999) - ★★★★

Directors: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Writers: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Ann Moss, Hugo Weaving, Gloria Foster

The Matrix is in many ways one of the most epic and original cinema creations of all time. It's revolutionary use of effects, almost incomprehensible yet totally astonishing storyline and great cast makes this movie one for the all time greats list.

Neo can be seen as the average hero just like in many movies. He's a normal man with a desk job, a suit and apartment. Only he really isn't. None of that is truly real. It is actually a computer generated simulation that machines use to make humans think they are living out their lives on planet earth, when really they're stuck in a tube that will eventually lead to their energy being harnessed by the race of machines. Quite a lot to rap your mind around huh? Now you can't tell me that doesn't make for an interesting story...

One would think from my description that it would be about a war against machines, (very similar to The Terminator no?). However this movie focus' on Neo's path of enlightenment through learning that he has been stuck in the Matrix for his whole life. It is a classic 'zero-to-hero' story where he starts of weak, confused and not as good as what others expected him to be, then ends up being even better than what should have been. The many incredible effects used in the film such as the Bullet-Time scene (in the photo above) separate this movie from all others. Overall this movie is a riveting watch and though it can be compared to others, it can never be seen as inferior.

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