By Vandy Rockefeller (Carbondale, Ks)
The movie The Matrix is a well-crafted blend of action and sci-fi that leaves you wanting more. I would say it’s a must-see movie that puts you into an alternate way of thinking.
This was my first time watching the movie, but I would watch it again in the future. I liked how they perceived a different form of reality and left you wondering, “What world do we live in?” However, I did not like how some of the graphics were, however cool, not believable. I did like how they gave the appearance of bullet time at the places with most suspense. It gave you time to think of how you imagine that scene ending, then they would throw you right back into the result of whatever fight was going on. I could have done without so much of the fighting though.
It seemed that some of the fighting scenes were just thrown in without reason, and the movie would end in the same way without them there. Although not a fan of all the actors in this movie, I did think that they all played their roles fairly well. The special effects were well done, and it all blended seamlessly together. I think the directors had a brilliant idea for “The Matrix”, and achieved their idea of the world we live in.
However, I also have to think that the whole idea of the alternate universe and the fact that we’re all in a simulation is crazy to think about when you really put some thought into it. If we were really all in a simulation, which pill would you choose if given the chance?
“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 how deep the rabbit hole goes.”
That is what Laurence Fishburne, Morpheus, told Keanu Reeves, Neo when he finally found him. Morpheus believes that Neo is “the One” that can defeat the agents and keep them all safe before time runs out. Neo ends up choosing the pill that will change his life forever. He is transported into a world where everything can be made up. If you want to learn combat training, simply plug into the machine and have the training placed in your brain. In the same way, they only had to plug into the machine and they could be put back in the simulation of “the real world”.
In that way, they tried to defeat the agents put into the simulation to keep all humans oblivious to what is going on. However, that proved to be a tough feat., and Neo had to fight hard to win. When he ends up being “the One” like Morpheus thought, he is able to defeat the agent and save the people he cares about most, including Carrie-Anne Moss, Trinity, his love interest in the movie. They end up kissing and confirming your questions about their relationship.
Even though I enjoyed The Matrix, I believe kids in 2025 will not be interested in this movie. The graphics will be way out of date, and the technology will look ancient. It will still be a good movie, but I don’t think that it will attract future generations as a must-see movie.
Overall, I really liked this movie and would recommend it to anyone looking for an action movie that leaves you saying, “Is this fiction or nonfiction?”