The Matrix Reviews
December 16, 2014
The most mind-blowing movie of all time,The Matrix has the most memorable action scenes in movie history combined with a thought-provoking story.
December 8, 2014
Best movie ever if you pretend the 2nd and 3rd do not exist.
November 29, 2014
What I got to say about "The Matrix" is that a weird but interesting science fiction movie. The performances by the cast is fine. The directing and screenplay by the Wachowski is different and creative imagination how they wrote the screenplay. "But there are some moments in the movie that has some unclear moments when you don't know what's going on." The cinematography and choreography is good. And the score in this movie is fine. "I have to report that "The Matrix" is a science fiction/action movie that smartly crafted combination of spectacular action and groundbreaking special effects."
December 13, 2007
Being confused is even more fun when you're Keanu Reeves.
November 20, 2014
top 10 of all times in sci fi.
November 26, 2006
J'ai hâte de voir la suite! J'aimerais un peu plus qui me permettrait de croire, un simple instant, que la "Matrice" existe vraiment. Un lien avec notre monde, notre vie, la réalité peut-être??
September 14, 2014
Perhaps more impressive on a technical level, The Matrix has all of the violence, great special-effects, and Keanu moment you'd expect.
November 15, 2014
My mind was blown away after watching this movie !
July 14, 2013
The Matrix is the type of film that engages your brain whilst also providing some great visceral thrills. The Wachowskis crafted one of the most unique science fiction films of all time with its engulfing premise and oddball characters with great talent from the likes of Laurence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving. There's so many motifs thrown into the story that keep you engaged and the fight scenes serve the plot finely instead of simply being there for the sake of entertaining the teen crowd. It's a shame the sequels didn't come close to matching the genius of this and descended into mindless action because this could've become one of the best franchises of our time. Nevertheless, we still have the first film which remains a great piece of cinema.
November 11, 2014
Ah, The Matrix. I was 22 when it first came out. Just getting into computers myself. One of the vast hordes of 90s children who would throw money at any and every hacker-y movie. And I admit it, The Matrix blew my young, impressionable mind. Then again, so did Hackers. And while Hackers has held up as a cheesy but goofy-fun 90s movie, I find that The Matrix's time has passed. Watching it now, I still find some of the fights entertaining (as much for the nostalgic feeling as anything), but never again will I hold my breath through the lobby fight scene. never again will I cheer out loud when Neo stands up.
Perhaps that is its own fault for how successful it is. It has since been tainted, not only by its own two incredibly awful sequels, but by the hordes of movies that ran to copy it instead of taking the hint and trying something new. Bullet time, a term made popular by this very movie, has become hackneyed and dull.
The acting, looking at this with a far less fresh eye, most certainly does not hold up to repeat viewings. I've never seen so many wooden performances, and while that makes sense for the agents who are computer programs and therefore supposed to be vaguely automaton in nature, it certainly does not help the performances of the 'humans' when you can't actually detect any more humanity in them. Even Trinity's final "get up" speech to Neo is delivered without heart or passion, but simply as if "well this is the part in the movie where I say this, so I guess I'll just go ahead and say it so we can move on to the next fight."
Having seen this again for the first time in a decade or so, I doubt I'll bother revisiting it again.
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November 11, 2014
The Matrix is what I would call a masterpiece of modern sci-fi. I first saw it when I was about 10 years old and it completely blew my mind. It just has everything. The ideas in it are both intelligent and relevant, the action is visually stunning and utterly groundbreaking, the ensemble cast is great and the plot just works.
The Matrix is about a computer hacker named Neo who discovers that his entire reality is basically a lie. The machines that humanity created have become too powerful and intelligent that they control the earth and keep humans alive simply for energy, keeping them locked into a false reality called the matrix that gives them the idea that they are still living normally and in control. Him along with a group of other hackers who have freed themselves from the matrix must save humanity from the false reality of the machines.
What really puts this movie over the edge for me is both it's influence on modern sci-fi AND modern action movies and it's ever-present relevance to today's society. Sci-Fi movies since The Matrix have taken ideas from it, either for better or for worse. It made science fiction smarter, or at least try to be smarter. Some examples off the top of my head are Eagle Eye, which is basically an entire film based on the idea of the office scene, where Neo receives an anonymous phone call from an omniscient person who tells him exactly what he needs to do to escape people who are trying to catch or kill him, also anonymous. He doesn't understand why he's in danger or what's going on. Another example is Surrogates, a recent sci-fi flick which also plays off the idea of being attached to a machine and living a life that is, while more comfortable and arguably more interesting, artificial. There are numerous other examples of films since The Matrix that have been directly influenced by it's themes and ideas.
This is where The Matrix's relevance to reality comes in. This is a movie that came out 15 years ago but is now more relevant than ever. I mean hell, look at me right now. I'm sitting on the internet typing away and have spent endless hours of my life doing so. More and more our lives are consumed by technology and the comfort it provides. Now The Matrix certainly isn't the first film to have the idea of machines controlling us as opposed to us controlling them, but I believe it's the first to really make such a relevant impact, as it asks the most important question: Is ignorance bliss? Does the technology we use really make our lives better? Sure it makes them easier, we might even think it makes them better. But are we really living? There isn't a certain answer, but The Matrix certainly asks the questions. One of the "heroes" in the film even decides to backstab the protagonists to re-enter The Matrix and live his artificial life, and honestly there are many reasons not to blame him for doing so. This view of technology is becoming evermore relevant to our society as more and more people are consumed by it.
Now we get into the other big theme of The Matrix which is the environment. Humans are not only destroying themselves with their technology but the world around them to the point where the entire planet is basically a barren wasteland. Agent Smith has a great monologue at one point about how humans aren't actually mammals because they lack the ability to create an equilibrium within their own environment, making them actually more similar to a virus. This is another important topic which is also becoming evermore present in today's society as we destroy nature for our own purposes.
On top of these themes and ideas The Matrix contains groundbreaking action that pretty much brought martial arts, slow-motion and off-the-wall stunts into mainstream action films. It contains an ensemble cast that all give solid performances, most notably a career-making performance from Hugo Weaving that I personally think he should have gotten an Oscar for best supporting actor for. It contains fantastic special-effects for it's time of release and incredible set pieces. And like other great science fiction movies before it such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner, it came way before it's time.
The Matrix is a masterpiece and if not for a somewhat awkward romance between Neo and Trinity and a bit of weak, cheesy dialogue here and there, I would give it a perfect score.
Final score: 9.5/10
November 5, 2014
The best of the trilogy (interesting subjects are abandoned in the sequels: double life, virtual entertainment, body's brain control, etc) it is still a movie full of ideas we lived, we're living - even the stylized acting (sometimes bad) and battle performances (epoch technical achievement) are not yet ridiculous.
April 27, 2013
Raising the bar for and influencing so many films that came after it, The Matrix is not quite like anything you've ever seen before. Unbelievable fight/action sequences and a nice bit of pseudo-philosophy thrown in there to boot.
Brilliant movie, a must watch for any sci-fi geek or Kung-fu fan.
August 6, 2007
Ignoring this as a franchise and seeing it as a standalone sci-fi, it is a masterpiece. Every moment rolls out with thoughtfulness that keeps an audience member hypothesizing, imagining, exploring the fabrics of their own systemic inner workings.
October 30, 2014
A mind twisting science fiction film thats combines a extraordinary plot with outstanding visual effects to make this film a masterpiece to be reckon with.
October 25, 2014
This film is Thrilling, Epic and it makes me nervous. I didn't even think they made such an epic film in 1999. If you like sci-fi action films like me, you should watch this. If you don't watch it you will regret forever.
June 17, 2014
The year of 1999 was special. That was when we had the start to the shitty Star Wars prequels with The Phantom Menace coming out. However, it was also the year when THE MATRIX was released, and it blew everyone's minds when it had come out. Not only is this one of the best sci-fi movies of all time, it was also hailed for its use of bullet time effects. The unfortunate thing about Matrix is that it's followed by two horrible sequels. But the first is the best of the trilogy--the directors, the Wachowski brothers, created one of the most ambitious and visually spectacular films ever. A loaded cast is also present with Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano starring. Now while most of these actors are fantastic, Keanu Reeves is... below average. I'm not a fan of his acting abilities, but when you put him in the right role, he can actually carry a movie, as seen in this one. The Matrix revolves around a computer programmer named Neo (Reeves) who learns that the world he's been living in is a simulated reality, and when he is "awoken" by Morpheus (Fishburne) and his team, Neo joins a rebellion against the humanoid machines who have been controlling them and millions of other citizens in a dystopian world. The main villain in the film is Agent Smith, played by Hugo Weaving who gives one of his best performances ever. Smith is such a great adversary to Morpheus and Neo, and the climactic battle against Neo and Smith has fantastic choreography. As a matter of fact, that's another big positive to the film, its action sequences. All of them were choreographed well (that's an understatement right there), and there was no shaky-cam at all, everything was smooth, vivid, and cool to watch. Though The Matrix is all in all one of the best, some people can get annoyed/confused by the high concept that the Wachowskis are trying to execute. The number of times Morpheus even teases what the Matrix even is in the film is a little annoying. The acting is on spot though, and the fact that this beat out a Star Wars movie--in terms of quality--is quite astonishing. However, I will say that though The Matrix has great visuals, it should not have won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects that year. As bad as Phantom Menace was its use of CGI, at the time, must have been groundbreaking, more than Matrix. If you've never seen The Matrix, do yourself a big favor and watch this awesome movie. And also do yourself a favor by NOT seeing the abysmal sequels, just the original - 9.6/10
October 14, 2014
I've read and watched a lot of SiFi in my life but I've never encountered the central concept behind this story. Humans as biological batteries, mind bending.
It's unfortunate the sequel's couldn't live up to the original film and the producers opted for the hollywood ending.
Imagine if Neo's final discovery was that humans were in fact originally created for use as bio-batteries, #mind-bender.
August 28, 2014
Keanu Reeves may be the first actor in cinematic history to be out-performed by his sun-glasses. They emote more than he does. Throughout the film, Reeves is just about as demonstrative as Steven Hawking after a severe heart-stroke. He's so wooden that he's basically a fire risk. His acting is limited to turning the corners of his mouth down, like someone tasting tea made with urine.
It's very hard to praise a film whose protagonist is played by a personality who could very easily be mistaken for a prop in front of a cigar store.
September 3, 2007
Neo finds out the world he lives in isn't real & helps Morpheus fight the Agents.
The ultimate action flick of the 90's, The Matrix changed it all with so many movies incorporating the technique, style and green tinge - not to mention the countless parodies that followed.
Neo believes he's a computer hacker in the present, but after meeting Morpheus, he realises it's all a lie and it's actually the distant future where the human race is enslaved by machines.
Morpheus trains Neo who joins the fight to overthrow the Matrix, but this means coming face to face with the seemingly unstoppable Agents.
Even 15 years on, this movie continues to impress.