A perfectly cast Keanu Reeves transports us into the world of Thomas Anderson, a typically 90s blank-faced computer nerd who is searching for meaning in his perpetually uncertain world. Mr Anderson (or Neo, as he refers to himself) is about to be torn from the late 20th century world as he knows it, and brought to reality in a post-apocalyptic future ruled by machines where humans are no longer born, but instead grown in farms stretching hundreds of miles.
What is The Matrix?
Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) believes Neo is The One who will destroy The Matrix and restore balance to humanity. When the two meet, Morpheus explains to Neo that the reality he has been living is a fabrication, and the product of an insidious race of intelligent machines that use human beings as their main source of power. Morpheus aims to show Neo just how deep the rabbit hole really goes, but not before the omniscient Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) drops in on their union with the aim of putting an end to a potential uprising.
With an incredibly engaging story line and special effects far ahead of it’s time, I believe The Matrix to be a truly visionary film on many levels. Despite it’s many plot holes and questionable use of philosophy to convey meaning, The Matrix remains as one of my all time favourite pieces of cinema. Whilst I would happily recommend the experience to anyone with an interest in science fiction, it is certainly not for everyone and I have even known of people coming away feeling confused. As the monumentally elegant Morpheus so appropriately put it “Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.”
With plenty of romance, betrayal, moral dilemma, and even some humour this action-packed Sci-Fi epic certainly won’t leave you feeling empty with a plot that mixes and matches both new and old conventions of the genre in a compelling fashion.