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The Matrix, created by The Wachowskis: a Film Review


The year is 1999 and a group of police have cornered a woman.  She overpowers them with seemingly superhuman powers.  As she flees, the police and a group of mysterious looking Agents pursue… she barely escapes.

Meanwhile, Thomas Anderson, is living a double life.  By day he is the respectable computer programmer.  By night he is the hacker, alias Neo, who has been feeling like the world is off.  His frequent encounters online and through the underbelly of the web with “the Matrix” have him feeling disarmed.  When he wakes up late one day and sees someone contacting him through his computer the world is turned on its side.

When he is faced with the choice of waking up or returning to sleep, he chooses to wake up.  Which is a choice that he may end up regretting when he wakes to find his reality and job as a computer programmer was merely a dream…and reality is much, much dangerous than he could ever imagine.

General Information:

-Genre: Dystopian, Science-Fiction, Action/Adventure

-Creator: The Wachowskis

-Length: 136 minutes

-Rating: R (mild sex and nudity, moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano

-Page of Reference in RP1: 49

Review (contains spoilers):

The filmography in this is quite different from anything I’ve really experienced.  Its very film noir meets cyberpunk.  Lots of references to Alice in Wonderland.  And not just the obvious ones.  The ones they just say.  It adds to the mystery of what is going on in the world.

After rewatching this film I have to say I did not remember anything about what happened…I guess that is what a decade between watches will do for you.

I loved the feel and the story in this film.  Its kind of the perfect mix of science-fiction and dystopian future. 

It’s just a fascinating concept and the little details had my film mind trying to figure out not only how they did the practical effects (that last scene in the office building lobby was just stunning) but how the CGI effects still stand up fairly well after over 20 years of advancements…

I’m not really sure exactly how to explain how I feel…I’m still kind of processing everything that is in the film because there was a lot of information dumped on you in a style that is so uniquely its own that I really think I’ll have to watch this a few more times to really get a grasp on a proper review.

What I do know is that this is a nearly perfect film….definitely deserves a 5/5.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

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