Sun 15 May 2005
The Matrix (1)
Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski.
Actors: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving.
Studio: Warner Studios.
MPAA Rating: Rated R.
Length: 136 min.
Brief outline (no spoilers):
Neo (Keanu Reeves) is a computer hacker. He gets contacted by Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) that wants him to join his hacker group. Morpheus believes that Neo is the messiah that will free the humans from the tyranny of the machines. When Neo joins Morpheus he gets a mind boggling journey of what is the reality. He soon realizes that he has been living all his life in a computer simulated world. The mission to set the human race free from the enslavers begins.
This movie has become a classic, and it created a paradigm shift in action sci-fi movies. It is before and after the Matrix. All the images in the movie is almost art like. A lot of work apparently has gone into that. The look of the world inside the matrix almost looks sterile and polished, and the look in the real world looks very dirty. The story behind the concept of the Matrix is also very original.
The Matrix is mind-boggling in two ways, it is a very philosophical story on what is the reality, and second it follows that up with some unbelievable impressive movie effects. It really sets a new standard for movie effects. The fight scenes are almost like a ballet.
Reeve’s acting in the movie is probably not in the top of what has been done on the movie screen, but that perhaps do not matter. The movie is a lot about looking good, fighting fast, running fast and shooting fast. It is not all bad acting. Weaving does a good job portraying the slightly psychopathic robot character Agent Smith. It is a very enjoyable movie, and there is not much bad to be said about it.
Rating: 9/10 (where 10 is the best).