Review written by: Alex Sandell
What's the story?
Neo (Keanu Reeves) is recruited from the fiction he thought was reality into the reality where the fiction resides. Once he takes the red pill, he finds out that it is prophesized that he is the One. He finds that the world most of humanity thinks they live in is just a gigantic lie concocted by Artificial Intelligence gone bad. An intelligence the human race invented. He also finds out that the real world has been all but destroyed, due in part to humanity (if I remember correctly, which I probably don't) blocking out the sun, in hopes of stopping the machines.
He is told by this Yoda type figure, known to us only as Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), that he is the "chosen" one. The one to remove the mask pulled in front of humanity's eyes, and destroy the evil spider robot things with fake brains, once and for all.
Really, it's pretty hard to explain, you just have to see it for yourself. It's relatively simple when it unfolds in front of you up on the screen.
So how is it? (Get to the point, already)
Plot-holes abound, and the film doesn't present many ideas that haven't been presented to us before, in one Sci-fi flick, or another. Still, the way the ideas are presented is what makes this movie a near instant-classic, and also why it is one of the most visually stunning films of all time, and a welcome reminder as to why sci-fi fans, such as myself, became sci-fi fans in the first place.
This is a "movie theater movie," and definitely needs to be seen on the big screen to be appreciated. I'm guessing most of the magic will be taken away when they shrink it down and blow it up for the little square television set you'll be stuck watching it on if you don't get off of your sorry ass and out to the theater. This film is almost guaranteed to become a cult-classic! So, what are ya reading this for? Go out and see The Matrix already!
What does it make you feel like eating?
Computer Science Majors. "Stop the madness before it starts!"
What are you selling us here???
"Panasonic" has a few product-placements, but they fly by fast enough that they're not really a nuisance. I didn't notice anything else, but things do move rather quickly, and I may have missed some evil corporate stuff. (Subliminal advertising . . . oooooooh.)
If it won an Oscar, what would it be?
"Most Visually Appealing Sci-Fi Film of 1999" - The Matrix
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