Laurence Fishburne, Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Ann Moss, Hugo Weaving
Andy Wachowski - Larry Wachowski
|"Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream, Neo? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?"|
|The Matrix exploded onto the Sci-Fi scene. It redefined special effects, and more importantly to it's fans, it combined it's action/sci-fi plot with that of a very complex story with well developed characters. What a concept eh?
Morpheus (Fishburn) is an elusive legend among hackers. One night Neo (Reeves) receives a mysterious message on his computer, meets one of his companions - Trinity (Moss), and receives a call from the man himself. There's something he's always known. Something didn't feel right with the world. And he was about to find out just how wrong it really was.
Morpheus believes Neo is "The One". The one they've been searching for, who will lead them into a new world. In order to show Neo what he believes to be true, he must show him the door. The Door out of the Matrix.
"You take the blue pill the story ends - you wake up in your bed and believe, whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland, and I show you just how deep the rabbit hole goes."
The world as he knows it is an illusion. Neo joins up with Morpheus and his crew to find out about the real world, and who he really is. The Matrix is a computer generated world used in the future to keep humans alive and mentally stimulated - because they are living in a perpetual state of sleep where machines are growing them to use as energy. Once awoken, Neo is in for the shock of his life as he realizes his entire life was a simulated lie. He doesn't believe he is "The one" morpheus claims him to be. They're trying to fight the system, within it are Agents who who keep things in order and are always on the hunt for those who are "awake" and hacking into the system. In this world agents are fiercly powerful, and Neo learns that it really is mind over matter. If he realizes this world is not real, he can do anything.
Spoon boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That's impossible. Instead... only try to realize the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Spoon boy: There is no spoon.
Neo: There is no spoon?
Spoon boy: Then you'll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.
The film created a new style of action sequences - bullet time. Hard to explain but basically cameras are setup in a circle around any given scene to shoot every angle. Later on they can show one frame from that scene..making it seem like time stopped and the camera is continuously moving. Since then alot of films and shows have copied this technique. It is questionable by some who really invented it, but there is no question who brought it to the limelight.
"The Matrix" is a film that is actually better with every viewing. It's just as intriuging, and many references are made to Alice in Wonderland. Some even see references to the story of Jesus. Like I said, it's a very complex story, and each time you view it you're going to learn something more from it, it's going to make you think about things differently. This film immediately established itself as a classic. The Matrix isn't just eye candy, it's brain candy.
"Unfortunately no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself."
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