The Matrix is a high concept sci-fi action movie about a world programmed by machines to enslave humanity and the human resistance. It’s up to a small crew and their newly recruited hacker to save Zion, the last human city, and themselves. The Wachowski siblings write and direct this genre, mind, and spoon bending experience! Let’s consider the pros and cons of The Matrix…
Pros: Firstly, the originality of this plot cannot be overstated. I still get chills every time I hear Morpheus explain the Matrix. Speaking of Morpheus, Laurence Fishburne gives an incredible performance as Neo’s mentor. Everyone else is serviceable, but Hugo Weaving also deserves a mention for his role as Agent Smith. Secondly, the Wachowski’s do a phenomenal job of leaving just enough bread crumbs for the audience to start from a place of confusion, but end up with complete understanding. Not wholly unlike Neo’s character arc throughout the film. Lastly, are the special effects that still hold up today. The bullet time is cool, but I prefer watching Trinity run on walls!
Cons: Keanu Reeves gets a lot of flak for his acting, but he honestly isn’t asked to do much here. Whether it’s intentional or not, I think having a soft-spoken protagonist that quips every once in a while and looks cool in shades, works. Hardly a negative, but this is my favorite movie after all. However, if I was to put on my “critic cap”, I can see at least one plot hole that might pull me out of the action. Specifically how Cypher is able to conspire against his whole crew by himself. However, it doesn’t detract much from my overall enjoyment of the film!
I give The Matrix an A+! Everything from the engaging story, to the direction and cutting edge graphics, comes together to make for an amazing experience! This movie sits comfortably on top of my Top 100 Movies, I highly recommend it! Happy Watching!
“You take the red pill – you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes”