The Matrix

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The Matrix

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Thomas (Reeves), a salaryman at a software company, leads a secret double life. As 'Neo' he's a computer hacker much in demand. But only when Trinity (Moss) introduces him to charismatic seer Morpheus (Fishburne) does Neo learn that the whole world's unwittingly in the same boat: life as we know it is merely virtual reality, a 'matrix' designed by mankind's overlords to hold us in unquestioning obeisance. Not only are Morpheus and his rebel crew fighting to regain our freedom, but the leader has a bee in his bonnet: might not Neo be the One, who'll lead us to salvation? For its first hour, the second feature by the Wachowskis works well enough as an ambitious if rather portentous dystopian fantasy in the vein of eXistenZ and Blade Runner. Though sometimes a little clumsy, the frequent switches between the different 'realities' are entertainingly ingenious, Bill Pope's camerawork and Owen Paterson's designs are slickly impressive, and the effects neatly embrace Cronenbergian body horror and comic strip panache. But the characters, too, are paper thin (Keanu, especially), while the promising premise is steadily wasted as the film turns into a fairly routine action pic, complete with facile Hollywood heroics, cod kung-fu homilies and computer enhanced martial arts scenes. Weaving is engagingly odd as the rebels' arch enemy Smith, but even he can't hold the attention in what's finally yet another slice of overlong, high concept hokum.

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Release details

UK release:

1999

Duration:

136 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski

Production Designer:

Owen Paterson

Cast:

Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Keanu Reeves

Editor:

Zach Staenberg

Cinematography:

Bill Pope

Screenwriter:

The Waxhowski Brothers

Producer:

Joel Silver

Music:

Don Davis

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Haile Dew-Buss

I agree - nice idea, could have been a seriously convluted head-mess if the plot had gone all the places it could. Imagine it given the David Lynch touch... But instead, the special folk hero, the one - Neo - he who has special insight and powers, resorts to beating the living daylights out of the bad guys. A shame. Whilst I enjoyed this movie a lot, the fact that so many people thought it the most profound thing since Godel Escher and Bach means to my mind it is also one of the most over-rated movies of all time.

Haile Dew-Buss

I agree - nice idea, could have been a seriously convluted head-mess if the plot had gone all the places it could. Imagine it given the David Lynch touch... But instead, the special folk hero, the one - Neo - he who has special insight and powers, resorts to beating the living daylights out of the bad guys. A shame. Whilst I enjoyed this movie a lot, the fact that so many people thought it the most profound thing since Godel Escher and Bach means to my mind it is also one of the most over-rated movies of all time.

Erlo

Thanks for your courage and candor in defying the tastes of the hoi polloi, the unwashed masses. Your review actually IS balanced, for you DO give high praise where it’s due (e.g., you are enthusiastic that the switches between the different realities are “entertainingly ingenious� and that the camera work and designs are “slickly impressive�). But you are DEAD ON when you point out that the characterization is lousy (indeed, almost nonexistent--if anything, you were charitable here) and that the movie degenerates “into a fairly routine action pic.� On the other hand, while “The Matrix� is indeed overwrought hokum, it is FUN, and at times “delicious,� hokum.

Erlo

Thanks for your courage and candor in defying the tastes of the hoi polloi, the unwashed masses. Your review actually IS balanced, for you DO give high praise where it’s due (e.g., you are enthusiastic that the switches between the different realities are “entertainingly ingenious� and that the camera work and designs are “slickly impressive�). But you are DEAD ON when you point out that the characterization is lousy (indeed, almost nonexistent--if anything, you were charitable here) and that the movie degenerates “into a fairly routine action pic.� On the other hand, while “The Matrix� is indeed overwrought hokum, it is FUN, and at times “delicious,� hokum.

Quick Ben

Most of the reviews on this site are guff. Almost every film of any significance has been given a bad review.

Quick Ben

Most of the reviews on this site are guff. Almost every film of any significance has been given a bad review.

Plow

This movie is, without a doubt, the most smartly written, mind-blowing, action, sci-fi movie ever to be created. A true masterpiece that is worth watching over and over for an entire lifetime. A perfect film in every way!!!

Plow

This movie is, without a doubt, the most smartly written, mind-blowing, action, sci-fi movie ever to be created. A true masterpiece that is worth watching over and over for an entire lifetime. A perfect film in every way!!!

Roman

Wow you are one of the worse reviewers. This movies was great. I dont know what you have against the directors, but noone cares. Everyone loved this movie.

Roman

Wow you are one of the worse reviewers. This movies was great. I dont know what you have against the directors, but noone cares. Everyone loved this movie.

John P

It is down right funny to see a negative review of The Matrix. I wonder if the person who wrote this review is selling hamburgers now?

John P

It is down right funny to see a negative review of The Matrix. I wonder if the person who wrote this review is selling hamburgers now?