Welcome to the Real World.
Thomas A. Anderson is a man living two lives. By day he is an average computer programmer and by night a malevolent hacker known as Neo, who finds himself targeted by the police when he is contacted by Morpheus, a legendary computer hacker, who reveals the shocking truth about our reality.
Before The Matrix, action movies were completely different. I still remember what it felt like, opening night in 1999, to see bullet-time in the opening moments of this film. The Matrix created an entirely new language for filming fight sequences, chases, and gun battles. It remains, to this day, one of my favorite sci-fi films.
There aren't that many true gamechangers around in film, but if there ever was one that changed the face of what a true science fiction/action piece should entail, it is the Matrix. When you can speak of a pre-Matrix era, you know you're dealing with an important film.
It isn't that difficult to pinpoint the reasons why this film is so groundbreaking, but let's start with the obvious one. The technical qualities are mindblowing. I remember seeing it in the cinema 13(!) years ago, gawking at the screen like an idiot, simply not believing what I was seeing. This did not only have to do with the phenominal special effects, but also with the stunning aesthetic and the unique and…
How crazy is it that when I show my kids this movie, I'll have to explain to them what a disposable battery is after Morpheus shows one to Neo and simply says "this?"
The Matrix holds up way better than I thought it would after 6 years away from it. The flawless effects, the choreography of the fight scenes, the engrossing story, the stylish visuals... it all works brilliantly. No one has been able to use Keanu Reeves' bizarre charm to its fullest potential since. It's such a novel concept that no film will ever be able to successfully rip it off or remake it. It's a cinematic experience that's impossible to forget in its entirety but it's too easy to undermine its perfection. I'll never make the mistake of staying away from this one for so long again!
I bet if you cop out and try to eat both pills Morpheus gets super pissed and you end up getting a computer generated hamster jammed in your computer generated butt until the end of computer generated days.
P.S. HACK THE PLANET
*rolls away on rollerblades while Underworld blares in the background*
Sometimes a film is so good that it doesn't really need to make complete sense.
It doesn't even need to develop its characters in a full and complete manner.
It doesn't matter that it may have large holes in plot and indeed logic.
And lastly, it definitely doesn't matter that its legacy will forever be tarnished by two exceedingly weak sequels.
None of that matters. The Matrix was a game changer. It's " bullet-time" is now a term that has been used widely in action movies and computer games alike. And watching it for the first time, used properly, and executed with such skill in The Matrix, is stunning. The action scenes on show are genuinely thrilling. And thankfully, there…
How do you write about a film when every aspect of it has become so iconic? You've got the simply brilliant and occasionally insane action. The stunning visuals - the green tint in the Matrix world being a favourite of mine. The actual premise of the film itself (admit it - you've all wondered whether we're in the Matrix or not at some point). And then there's the script that launched a seemingly endless amount of quotes.
But really, everyone knows that Hugo Weaving's intimidating, monotone, creepy Agent Smith is the best thing about this.
When I'm not watching this movie, I sometimes think its actually not all that great. But when you see this movie from start to finish whether its your first or fifth viewing, it draws you in so well and captures your interest so much that you don't want to stop watching. Keanu's acting can be dumb at times, and the romance subplot is annoying and detracts a bit. The action can be too much at times. It's entirely predictable, but despite all these complaints the sheer entertainment value, originality of its plot, and the wild spin it will take you on is what gives this movie so much praise.
I could write one of my long reviews for this film. But all I can think about how is how slick this movie is. It is very slick.
Also, Hugo Weaving's performance continues to be one of the most amazing things ever.
Also, I love the character/look of Trinity.
Also, I actually like Keanu Reeves as Neo.
Also, the third act action is spectacular.
Also, Neo's journey through the film is a pretty satisfying journey.
Also, the philosophical questions presented in this film specifically are thought provoking and engaging. The sequels may have made that aspect of the film over the top, but this film remains the most engaging.
And, yes, this movie is very slick.
A cult classic. I remember being a teenage fanatic of this movie, oh the nostalgia.
Story was a bit meh, but the visuals were amazing and the action was always a lot of fun to watch. Also, you really have to appreciate the influence that this film has gone on to have within the action genre. Glad to finally cross this one off the Shame List.
Style and substance nearly undamaged after all these years, except maybe those big cell phones but hey, the plot is set in 1999.
An original idea in a great sci-fi action movie.
It's hard to think of more of a "modern classic" than The Matrix. A practically unbeatable combination of a mind-bending plot, revolutionary filming techniques and effects, powerful soundtrack, legendary characters and villians, dramatic and amazingly choreographed fight scenes and moving dialogue.
The perfect movie.