While The Matrix certainly sets new standards for special f/x in
movies it's a pity about the lack of cohesive plot.It's was with one hell of a lot of anticipation that I went to see "The Matrix", I mean after all after seeing "Bound" who would not look forward to the Wachowski Bros. next film.
Suprisingly I came away highly satisfied with the film (to put it mildly), with absolutely stunning f/x, done faultlessly by an Australian company, and highly kinetic directing who would'nt love this film.
In my opinion there are only two downsides to this film, the first one is of course Keanu Reeves' specialised brand of acting (if that is what it's supposed to be), but hey anything is better than some of his previous efforts, and the second trying thing about this film, is the atrocious acting and affected accent of Australia's own Hugo Weaving. Some reviewers considered Weaving's presence to be a threatening one, personally I found it to be somewhat of a joke.
Despite these minor criticisms "The Matrix" once it get's hold of you never let's go, it's a rollercoaster of a ride that by the end of the film has left you breathless, this film does for f/x what Star Wars did for f/x all those years ago.
With Carrie-Anne Moss and Laurence "Don't call me Larry" Fishburne in strong supporting roles (especially the opening scene with Moss, which has to be seen to be believed), and the always watchable Joe Pantoliano this is a film well worth the highly inflated price of admission, my only real recommendation is to see it on the biggest screen that you can.Go see "The Matrix" it's a great way to bide time until Star Wars The Phantom Menace comes out. Personally can't wait to see what the Wachowski Bros. come up with next.
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