When the matrix first appeared on movie screens, it was noted for its unique visual style: a slow-motion effect in which the camera appears to be able to move around an actor (usually like a barrage of protagonists). they shoot him), while time seems to slow down to a crawl. (The effect was even given the Warner Brothers’ trademark name, “Bullet Time”). however, for other viewers, the movie went much deeper than the cool visuals. they described it as bordering on a transcendent experience.
The film’s story follows Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves), a computer programmer by day and a hacker by night (under the pseudonym Neo). wandering the online universe, he has come across the ambiguous term matrix many times. When another hacker named Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) contacts him and explains that a man named Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) can shed meaning on the mysterious concept, Neo seizes the opportunity. Even after three men in dark suits, led by Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), subjected him to an interrogation that left him bugged (literally) and speechless, he still persists.
At their meeting, Morpheus warns Neo that if he accepts the chance to learn the truth of his existence, he can never return to the life he knows. He then offers Neo one of two pills: Red and he follows Morpheus to find the secrets of the universe, or Blue and he wakes up with no memory of their conversation. Moments after swallowing the red pill, Neo is ripped from his surroundings. The first memory of him is being naked and covered in slime, and then thrown into deep water. Fearing drowning, he thrashes around until Morpheus and his team of rebels rescue him, including Trinity, Tank (Marcus Chong), and Cypher (Joe Pantoliano).
It is here, inside a hovercraft captained by Morpheus, that Neo discovers the sad reality of his world. After a nuclear war, sentient machines took over the now cloud-covered earth and began harvesting the bioelectricity created by the human body to provide energy for their kind. To keep people from knowing their fate (they actually live inside a coffin-like container connected to an electrical grid), their minds are wired into an elaborate computer simulation called the Matrix, which convinces them they’re living life. as if it were 1999. .
Now, with Morpheus’ training, Neo gains advanced fighting skills that will allow him to return to the Matrix and manipulate the artificial environment. Morpheus also hopes that Neo could be “the one”, that is, the person who will fulfill an ancient prophecy and restore humans as rulers of the planet.
Since the aforementioned distinctive style is one of the defining elements of this movie, it can be hard for parents to remember that those bullets only missed on neo (and a few other select characters). many other people, police officers and unarmed security guards naively “doing their jobs” inside the simulation, are shot and killed in what amounts to a terrorist attack. Yes, it can be argued that Neo needed to kill a few to save the many, but no one can question the production’s use of violence as visual appeal. and those performances may not sound very sweet to young viewers.
Other content you won’t want to forget is the use of some blood effects, death threats, and implied torture. There is a moment of sensuality when a man places his hand on the clothed chest of an unconscious woman and an obscured glimpse of a naked Keanu Reeves. Also, you’ll hear a fair sample of scatological profanity and Christian swearing, but the usual sexual swearing is absent.
with ever-evolving ratings standards, this movie might not get an r from the mpaa if it were rated today (compare it to 2008’s the dark knight, pg-13, for example ). the engaging premise (it’s sure to stick with you later), the inclusion of various philosophies (Plato’s cave allegory, the idea of a savior, mentions of reincarnation), and the witty imagery ( which hold up very well). well, even against digital graphics) all contribute to the designation of the matrix as a classic. however, all of these virtues are best left until children are old enough to really appreciate them.