The Matrix

Have you ever had a dream, Neo, a dream that you were so sure was real. what if you were unable to wake from that dream...

From The Matrix, 1999

The Matrix was a science fiction and action film produced in 1999 by the Wachowski brothers, who jointly wrote and directed the project. An ensemble cast led by Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne, and supported by Carrie-Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving among others, helped to propel the film to rapid popularity.

The main character, Neo, portrayed by Keanu Reeves, is a humble computer programmer recruited by resistance fighters to join a war, where humans fight machines for control of a post-apocalyptic world. But in order to do this, Neo must first discover that he is trapped within an invisible world, a prison, in which all humans are incarcerated by a machine regime which uses them as an unwitting power source.

Upon escaping from the Matrix with the aid of Morpheus (played by Laurence Fishburne), Neo must learn the ways of the resistance, and must develop himself psychologically in a digital world where physical prowess has no meaning.

Before long, Neo’s activities inside the Matrix attracts the attention of his soon-to-be nemesis, a robotic programme known as Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), whilst simultaneously developing affection from his fellow fighter, Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss). Betrayal from one of their own causes the resistance fighters to be placed in jeopardy, and Neo must fight to save Morpheus, before his capture by the machines can result in the compromise of the resistance stronghold known as Zion.

The film carries heavyweight special effects, compelling acting, and strong dialogue in the first episode of what came to be an epic trilogy, covering the events of the human-machine war. Strong cultural references throughout the film also deliver the viewer into the Matrix as a world within a world, where hidden meanings are just as coherent as that which is hidden in plain view.

The Matrix received 4 Oscars for production efforts at the 72nd Academy awards and was widely acclaimed. Special effects also developed specifically for the film were also widely employed in subsequent films produced in the USA. The Matrix proved to be highly influential in both social and creative aspects, and has been claimed by many to be a milestone in the development of films associated loosely with anti-establishment and non-conformal subcultures with no wireless intercom communication abilities. Other influences and interpretations are widespread and varied, and can be linked with numerous and often exotic religious understandings of life, existence and death.

The soundtrack for the Matrix is heavily involved in conveying the attitude and atmospheric effect with which the viewer is intended to appreciate the situations occurring in the story. A combination of rock and metal are included in a score of orchestral pieces intended to impress the action and suspense facets of the film, as well as creating sombre and inspirational moods for large portions of the storyline.

Ultimately, the Matrix is a film about war, space stamps and the incarceration of people that comes with it. However, the producers succeed in avoiding a pessimistic or distressing view on the situation and its parallels with real life by immersing the audience in intense action and multiple sub-plots which draw towards a final spectacular conclusion.

The Matrix is a blockbuster film that spawned two more movies titled "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions", this movie franchise was written and directed by brothers Larry Wachowski and Andy Wachowski. The movie "The Matrix" takes place in present day society with normal everyday actions seeming like mundane tasks of the average working stiff. Underneath the world that is seen by those who live and work in "The Matrix" is a secret world that haunts "Neo" or Thomas A. Anderson who moonlights as a hacker.

Through a series of well placed messages to lure Neo out of his day to day routine he finds himself face to face with the person who has been hacking him like roth ira rules that don't work. The character played by Laurence Fishburne is called Morpheus, his insight into the matrix is just what Neo has been looking for, and Neo is given a choice to view the matrix or return to his old life as he knows it. His choices are a red pill or a blue one. Neo takes the red pill and is immediately woken up from his dream world and plucked from the matrix machine that has been using his electric energy to run their world. Neo later finds out that machines have taken over the world and those who escaped the matrix tried to stop their solar continuance. In stead the matrix creates and harvests humans.

The other characters in the movie are Trinity played by Carrie-Anne Moss and Cypher played by Joe Pantoliano who teases Neo about wishing he had taken the blue pill instead. Once Neo is aware of his existence in the matrix he finds out that he is the chosen one and begins to be groomed by Morpheus to defeat the agents who have been dispersed to destroy their mission of freeing slaves of the matrix. Hugo Weaving plays Agent Smith. This movie is packed with plenty of science-fiction and action that had previously never been seen on film before and it gave The Matrix a slick but rough look when the film was released in March, 1999.

Despite Neo's attempt to save the human race being churned out by The Matrix he does fall in love with the character Trinity who shows him how the matrix works and how to maneuver around in it safely. Morpheus teaches Neo all of the combat methods that Agent Smith currently uses to destroy any people who would harm the matrix. Agent Smith has his own reasons for taking on Neo personally, he wants out of The Matrix himself for other reasons. Because Neo has learned how to use the matrix to defeat the agents who want to kill him in the matrix because his body will die in the real world, he begins to see their world as his own. The ending shows Neo being shot by the agents and dieing, Trinity who was told that she would fall in love with the chosen one kisses Neo and revives his heart. Neo returns to life and defeats the agents and finally sees their world for what it is, lines of code.

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