Ever so often a movie comes out that changes the film industry forever. The Matrix is such a movie, and with good reason.
It doesn’t take a scientist to tell you that The Matrix is a straight-up masterpiece because it’s both original and super-entertaining.
It has one of the very best stories ever told in a slick cool atmospheric underground world presenting groundbreaking special effects … I know, I know … I’m overselling the movie, but take it from me: it’s one of the greatest ones ever made!
Not only is the casting of Keanu Reeves spot-on, it’s like he was born to play this part.
From the very beginning when he’s dozed off in front of his computer screen to his very first round of martial arts fighting with the mighty Morpheus, you instantly believe everything this character stands for.
Keanu Reeves may not have the wealthiest careers as far as American actors go – let’s face it, aside from his previous outing as an action hero in Speed and his cool exterior in The devil’s advocate, there’s not much else he will be remembered for – but as Neo in The Matrix he has secured himself a place in the annals of classic Hollywood movies.
Even more impressive is the performance of Laurence Fishburne as the wise and ever-faithful Morpheus; basically the leader of the gang of good guys. He adds even more stamina and wonder to the whole movie, often without even saying a single word.
The rest of the casting is equally fabulous, regardless of how small or important their contributions are to the script. Carrie-Anne Moss is sexy but in a stylized, neo-Gothic way.
Hugo Weaving is deliciously evil, speaking his words with the exact right tone and complacency.
And sweet old Gloria Foster is cute like the grandmother we all wish we’d still have with us … her role as the mystifying Oracle is just as captivating as everything else in this movie.
Do I still need to explain what the movie is about? Oh well … Thomas A. Anderson is a computer programmer for a respectable software company, but he also leads a double life in computer hacking under the alias Neo (Yeah, I’m quoting the movie, I know!).
His life changes when he’s contacted by an individual who calls himself Morpheus, only to find out that the life he’s been living so far is all a virtual dream. A dream created by creepy robots to keep us prisoner in our own unconsciousness.
Basically what it means is this: our reality is a fantasy created by robots … and the real world is far greyer, colder and harsher than anything you’d imagine.
Before we log off, one more thing has to be said. The special effects! And the camera angles too …
Sister-directors Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski – not related to Mike Wachowski – have not only created a movie with groundbreaking CGI-effects but also paid special attention to the framework of the action movie.
Rather than creating an empty show full of visual effects, they pumped their story with first-rate characters and ingenious camera angles … making The Matrix a perfect movie experience in every department. Even the grand rock music at the end credits is fun to listen to!
Did you know?
In the combat training program before Keanu Reeves starts his furious attacks on Morpheus, he rubs his nose with his thumb and finger, a similar mannerism of Bruce Lee before he attacks on his opponents. The move was improvised by Reeves.
Give it to me short:
What is The Matrix? It’s a perfect movie unlike any you’ve ever seen before! It’s a classic … a masterpiece that’ll entertain audiences for generations to come. It’s a super-awesome action movie that takes special care of every single thing. The characters are simply wonderful … you’ll even love the bad guys to death! The clothing is trendy and chic. The atmosphere of a dead and barren reality as opposed to the clean and lighthearted dreamworld called The matrix is unspeakably beautiful …
Because despite great acting performances, brilliant casting and exceptional camerawork … the one thing that elevates The Matrix above most other action movies is the cinematography in slow-motion of how characters are jumping on walls, shooting their guns, walls are exploding from the thousands of bullets flying around to – how could we ever forget – the phenomenal choreography of martial arts fighting that transcends beyond the screen. Go watch the Matrix now if you haven’t seen it … GO!!!