The Coincidental Critic
July 1, 2014
To quote from Morpheus himself, “Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.” I have finally watched “The Matrix,” and now I finally understand the hype.
A special shout out goes to the actors who played the agents, especially Hugo Weaving… great job speaking like a robot!
Now, let’s start with where this film excelled… For being made in the 90s, the special effects in this movie were out of this world. Not only did the the technical team do a great job of making the fight scenes vivid with their use of slow motion and explosions, they also did great CGI work. The robots were believable. They looked real and were very detailed. Along with that, the technical team did a great job in creating the real world where the robots ruled. The large room of human pods was eerily believable. I was throughly impressed. No wonder it won so many oscars.
The whole concept of “The Matrix” was original and intriguing. Being a writer myself, sometimes it baffles me when people can come up with entirely new and groundbreaking ideas. The Wachowski brothers surely have great imaginations. Along with the concepts of using humans as batteries and reality being a computer program, I thought a particularly interesting concept was the ability to download information and skills into people’s brains. Just image a world like that. Well done, Wachowski brothers.
Throughout the film, I was on the edge of my seat. It was mysterious and suspenseful. “The Matrix” was loaded with action, fighting, and guns, but also so much more. This film was surprisingly deep. “The Matrix” tackled some of the most interesting philosophical concepts and controversial issues of today. Just to name a few: artificial intelligence, the depletion of natural resources, the use of other species, hacking and computer programing, and overall, the concept of reality. So much was imbedded in this movie that anyone watching could find something that sparked his/her interest.
One aspect of the film that I appreciated were the two women Trinity and Switch. These women were tough and smart. One of the lines of the film even noted this, indicating that the women are far from stereotypical. Every character was a bad ass, regardless of gender.
While the concepts and ideas behind “The Matrix” were amazing, the actual characters were not so much. Every character did have a personality and were likable; however, there was a lack of character development throughout the whole piece. Neo did learn to believe in himself and that he is the One. However, the film did not show much of an internal struggle within Neo or any of the other characters. If anything, I wanted to see the film dig a little deeper into the thoughts and emotions of the characters.
Ok, so this whole “love/romance” thing between Trinity and Neo… When the film started, I predicted that there was supposed to be a love interest between them. But as the film went on, I couldn’t actually believe that Trinity was in love with Neo. This is mostly do to the lack of character development and that fact that Trinity barely interacted with Neo. Did they ever talk? Trinity and Neo never got to a point in their relationship where they were vulnerable with one another or connected with one another.
At the end of the film, I just wanted more. I was most interested in the real world and how Morpheus found out about the Matrix. I’m assuming that my questions may be answered in the sequels, but I have yet to find out.
I think everyone today needs to watch/rewatch this film. It has a lot to say about current human civilization that we could learn from. “The Matrix” is truly mind-blowing.