In the future, the human world that looks real
to humanity, is in reality, a hoax; an "elaborate deception"
created by all-powerful machines of artificial intelligence, when
in reality humans exist in a farm setting, (from birth to death),
where electricity is taken from them to feed the machines themselves.
Some rogue, freed humans, (lead by Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne
Moss) free one human, Neo (Reeves), thought of to be "THE
ONE," who has the powerful ability, if developed, to defeat
the machines and set the rest of humanity free.
This film is science fiction at its best, not
only because of it's awesome special effects, but it's extremely
creative script, that breaks ground in many realms of ideas. The
free humans dart around in a submarine-like airship, and get into
this "Matrix" by plugging their brains into the bad
machine's computer system, and enter this fake reality to interact
with these unaware humans, without even leaving their ship. In
order to get their minds back to the ship, they have to go to
a working, ringing phone in the "Matrix" world, usually
two steps ahead of the machine agents, that chase after them in
An interesting consequence of the "Matrix"
world, is that the normal rules of the real world that we know
don't apply. Freed humans have powers & abilities that help
them, in their struggles with the bad guys, if they realize what
they are, as Reeve's character eventually does, after he is given
hints as how to develop & to use his super, special gifts.
A famous line from the script, "Remember, there is no spoon!"
exemplifies this learning.
"The Matrix" is a slick, well done
package that is exciting, action-packed, dazzling with ground-breaking
special effects, has a great script, good acting, superb direction,
and dynamite production values, which all work together to create
a uniquely creative, entertaining film, though some people object
to some of the violence in the script.
The unfortunate reality of our world today is
that sometimes violence is the only way to stop evil forces, though
should be used at the last resort. In the future, according to
the script, this fact hasn't changed a bit. The Matrix could be
classified as a futuristic guerrilla-style war movie, of good
against evil. It has been criticized as being very violent in
just one particular scene, when Neo (Reeves) and Trinity (Moss)
enter the building where their leader is being tortured with drugs
by the bad machine agents, trying to get info from him as to where
the machine-free human city, "Zion," is located. This
infamous scene shows the two entering, dressed in long, black
trench coats, to hide their huge arsenal of guns. They then proceed
to shoot up the lobby and all the guards, as they whirl around,
bouncing off the walls, in a spectacular fashion, with heart-pumping
music and special effects flashing in the background.
The killers responsible for the slaughter at
Columbine High school, copied these characters by wearing long,
trench coats to hide their guns. While the scene may glorify the
use of firearms and violent force, visually no blood is seen,
as the editor was busier than a one-armed paper hanger, making
the scene happen at a fast pace, so their isn't much dwelling
on the death and the carnage left behind. Parents should preview
the movie to see if it is appropriate for their children of any
Favorite Scenes: Red pill or Blue pill scene
sequence, the martial arts training sequence, the visit with the
future teller, instant school helicopter scene, various types
of chase scenes, battles with machine agents, the betrayal scene,
the revival of Reeve's character, and the fantastic ending.
Richard Corliss, from Time Magazine describes
The Matrix: "Smart Film making. Get Strapped in for a Brain-Popping
Music by: Don Davis. Editor: Zach Staenberg.
Produced by: Barrie Osbourne, the Wachowski brothers, Andrew Mason,
Erwin Stoff & Bruce Berman.
Written and Directed by: Andy and Larry Wachowski.