**** out of **** What would you do if you were in the place of hacker Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) - popularly known by his in-movie online alias of "Neo" - in that you woke up one morning to cryptic messages on your computer monitor referencing this thing that you are indifferent to known only as the matrix? If you were Anderson, you would keep following the white rabbit, and you would then meet a fellow female hacker named Trinity (Carry Anne-Moss) who tells you of an … more
You may be wondering what exactly I mean by that title. What I mean is that it's widely-believed that the Matrix is one of the best sci-fi action films ever made. Oh what a grand lie that is. By the time you're done reading this review, you'll know that the Matrix is NOT original, intelligent, thought-provoking, or even that entertaining. PLOT The plot is that in a not-too-distant future, a software technician by day and computer hacker … more
WARNING: This review contains spoilers! DO NOT READ THIS UNTIL YOU'VE SEEN THE FILM! Every once in a great while a film comes along that changes everything and revolutionizes the way films are made. It happened with Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Orson Welles' Citizen Kane, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, Steven Spielberg's Jaws, and George Lucas' Star Wars... now we are given Andy and Larry Wachowski's The Matrix. The Matrix not only has a cool, cyberpunk, hyper stylized look and … more
If only for the innovative filming techniques, this movie is a must see. It is unfortunate that the story could not carry the momentum through parts II and III. The philosophy in the movie is interesting and its treatment of the future we may make for ourselves is worth a pause.
(I suppose this belongs here too.) There are two concepts mentioned in The Matrix which are important to its analysis. But curiously the specific names for those concepts are never actually used in the movies. The missing words are: Reincarnation & Avatar To comprehend The Matrix you must pay close attention to certain dialogs. There are numerous such dialogs throughout the movies. … more
When Thomas A Anderson, aka Neo (Keanue Reeves), ends up on the run from the police, and in the same room as legendary fugitive Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), he must choose if he wants to discover the truth of the Matrix. He is given two options: 1) take the blue pill and "believe whatever you want to believe," or 2) take the red pill where "you stay in wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hold goes." The Matrix is a futuristic action movie … more
What can I say about this film that hasn't been said. It is the first of its genre and the best. It opened a whole new way to film fight scenes. Neo is a quiet businessman who seems to get sucked into a computer generated world. As the movie progresses we are not sure what reality is, in fact, reality. Worth owning and watching several times. You pick up something different each time you watch it!
This movie has it all. Fast paced action, phenomenal visuals, superb photography, great soundtrack, weird weird plot, and some pretty good acting. I really don't care much for Keanu Reeves, which unfortunately caused me to miss this one in the theater. This would have been awesome on the big screen. But even Keanu does quite well, along with the rest of the cast. (I love Laurence Fishburne!) The visual effects are positively stunning, and synchronized with great sound. The combo of slow-motion to … more
Beginning this review I was writing the film's title and ended up with "The Mainstream" (100% accident) which pretty much sums up the premise of The Matrix franchise. The Matrix is good in the fact that it takes complex science-fiction from previous 1990s films that didn't quite meet mainstream audiences (Dark City, 12 Monkeys) and merges it with the spectacular CGI effects of an action film. As an action film The Matrix is incredibly successful and deserves great recognition as one of the best … more
If one could rate a movie's greatness by how many other copy it, then the Matrix has to be one of the greatest movies of all time. This movie was the first US film to use "bullet time" whereby entire action scenes are filmed in slow motion slow enough to see bullets move across the air. This is also the first movie to copy martial arts fighting scenes from Chinese films, and incorporate them into an American film in totality, including freeze frame shots, 360 pans, and really high jump kicks. Combined … more
Keanu Reeves plays Neo Anderson (a name which means "new man"). Is he living "for real"? Or is he caught up in a computer program that dictates his reality? He has a choice between the blue pill or the red pill: will Neo "wake up" to the truth despite the possibility that it will shatter reality as he knows it? Or will he choose to remain asleep and oblivious? This is an overtly New Age theme: will humanity evolve past illusion and conditioned responses? Other … more
What can I say about this film that hasn't been said. It is the first of its genre and the best. It opened a whole new way to film fight scenes. Neo is a quiet businessman who seems to get sucked into a computer generated world. As the movie progresses we are not sure what reality is, in fact, reality.Worth owning and watching several times. You pick up something different each time you watch it!
This is an exceptional film, full of action, suspense, mystical philosophy and symbolism. The story is set in a sci-fi future where AI machines have taken over the world and plugged biological humans into the Matrix, where they experience an illusory reality while their body serves as a battery/energy source for the machines. "Neo" Anderson ("One" "Son of Man"), played smoothly by K. Reeves is contacted via hacking of the Matrix by a group of renegade humans who have been able to hide from the machines … more
I re-watched the Matrix the other night, having just watched its outstanding sequel, Reloaded. The greater emphasis on philosophical themes in Reloaded casts new light on their more tangential (and thus confusing) treatment in the original film. For a kung-fu movie, the Matrix tackles some big issues, and while I'm not altogether sure it's completely coherent about them, I think writing it all off as having been plundered from lecture notes in Philosophy 101 isn't justified either (the same people … more
THE MATRIX is the most popular film to come out in recent years and definitely the best since 1995's CASINO. It is the creation of The Wachowski Brothers who were, until this film, basically unheard of. That's changed a lot with this sci-fi/action/thriller masterpiece. THE MATRIX stars Keanu Reeves as Thomas Anderson, known to the computer world as Neo, a young computer hijacker who continues to receive messages on his computer from an unknown person involving a thing called 'The Matrix'. From there … more
As you spiral around two enemies floating in mid-air, arms jabbing and legs adrift, bullets fly just inches above their heads as they empty the chambers of their menacing pistols. The matrix dazzles you with awesome special effects. A relatively new effect known as "Bullet-time" never slacks for the imagination. What is The Matrix? ... If you have a subwoofer BEWARE: even though while in the gun battle you will be tempted to crank it up till deafness, it is possible to shatter your woofer into a … more