By Michael Burke (Kansas, USA)
The Matrix was the first R-rated film I watched. It is undeniably one of the best action films ever made. Sure, the acting is pretty corny if you look back on this film in 2017. Does that take away from the quality of the film? Absolutely not. People shouldn’t focus on the acting if they watch this now. They should focus on the absolutely stunning camera work and special effects this film brings to the table. Plus, the characters and story are definitely interesting. Keanu Reeves, love him or hate him, delivered a great performance as Thomas Anderson, better known as Neo, also as the one, humanity’s savior from the computer-generated world of the Matrix.
However, Neo would’ve never found out about his true destiny without the help of Morpheus, played by Laurence Fishburne. When Morpheus makes Neo chose to the blue pill or the red, he chooses the latter and ends up realizing the reality that his life has been nothing but a simulation, created by the matrix, with the real world now completely in shambles, and Morpheus’ crew left as the only resistance against the matrix and the agent, programs tasked with keeping order in the Matrix, who carry a hatred toward the humans.
With amazing special effects, The Matrix is still able to stand the test of time. One great thing about the film is its action. Oh, the action. There’s so much of it, and it is oh so entertaining. With the process of bullet time, the action was slowed down to a crawl, making it feel like every bullet that flies and every gun that was fired was that much more stylized. Every punch that was thrown also looked that much cooler.
Then, there are the characters. Each one has the own unique traits and personality. Main character Neo was at first reluctant and skeptical, but soon realizes and accepts his role as the one. Trinity, who becomes Neo’s love interest, isn’t your typical female movie character. She does not rely on her sex appeal, but rather her willingness and tough as nails persona to get the job done. Agent Smith, played by Hugo Weaving, is the perfect villain, with a stone-cold exterior and an unending desire to destroy Neo and the rest of the heroes. While might be corny now as I mentioned earlier, it is still a great film to watch with its cast of characters, its action, and special effects, which influenced the sci-fi genre greatly in 1999.
The Wachowskis managed to make wonder whether or not our lives are real, or are living in a virtual world. Even if the next two films, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions don’t compare to the original, it still remains as a great film trilogy, with great characters, a very intriguing story, and stunning special effects. If you didn’t like Keanu Reeves before the release of this move, you certainly will after seeing this flick. The other actors in the film deserve credit as well.