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Movie Review: The Matrix

Updated: May 27, 2019

The Concept:

The Flashback film festival is currently doing its rounds in the Cineplex theaters this year and after begging for it to be locally, Niagara Falls was added to the circuit. This year they are doing launches of certain films over a few weeks spans rather than multiple movies over a few weeks. After literally watching every film in the theater right now, I thought it was time to rewatch the Matrix in theatres.

I do have fond memories of this film as it brought in a new wave of film, music, style, look, phones( who didn’t want a badass Nokia slider phone) and took Keanu Reeves to a new level in his acting career. This film also introduced new style of CGI, stop motion, fight choreograph, a fresh outlook of life and a story that captivated anyone who would watch it.

As of this writing the Tomatometer had it at 88%, Metacritic was at 73% and IMDB was at 8.7/10.

The Cast:

The film takes a young Keanu Reeves in a complete different direction at this time. Known for his film of Bill and Ted, he comes into this film as an outsider in the action/.sci fi genre. Oddly enough, it felt like he fit in from the moment he walked in the door. The film would help catapult his acting career to new levels, new genres and finally the great “John Wick” franchise.

Also, Laurence Fishburne joins the film in a different light from his previous acting roles in Searching for Bobby Fisher, Apocalypse now, Boyz n the Hood and etc. He plays the infamous Morpheus that needs no introduction.

Hugo Weaving plays the infamous Agent Smith. Honestly before this film, I never heard of him but the Matrix opened so many new roles for him that he is now known for as a household name. The infamous Lord of The Rings Franchise, The Red Skull in Captain America and my favorite film, V for Vendetta.

The only actor that did not really move forward was Carrie-Anne Moss. She played Trinity and for the longest time she seemed to have fallen off of the radar. However, she resurfaced 17 years later for Netflix Jessica Jones as the cut throat lawyer, Jeryn Hogarth.

The Recap:

Neo (Keanu Reeves) believes that Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), an elusive figure considered to be the most dangerous man alive, can answer his question -- What is the Matrix? Neo is contacted by Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), a beautiful stranger who leads him into an underworld where he meets Morpheus. They fight a brutal battle for their lives against a cadre of viciously intelligent secret agents. It is a truth that could cost Neo something more precious than his life.

The good:

  • The Fight choreograph holds up to this day! Even shows the bar it set over 20 years ago. There is still may films that cannot touch the bar to this day.

  • The story is still original compared to what is out there. Even after 20 years it still holds up

  • The franchise can still be related to by any generation. The deep meaning and story can still be played out

  • The stop action fight footage is still awesome to this day

The bad:

  • The CGI tho, at the time was evolutionary. A lot has changed in the past 20 years and it clearly shows that is the only thing that did not age well.

Things that stood out:

The film still excites me since the first day I watched it. However the first time I watched it I did acid and that lobby scene was interesting times. Do not do drugs kids! It wasn’t worth it!

Why we should watch or not watch it:

Absolutely! You would be a fool if you didn’t. Until next time, Mr. Anderson.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

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