Worth A Look: 18.59%
Pretty Bad: 3.89%
Total Crap: 3.89%
27 reviews, 661 user ratings
Damn. There are so many cool things in The Matrix, it almost makes me want to
be robot food. Almost, but not quite. I donít like that goo enough.First of all, youíve heard about the effects. Youíve heard about the plot (or as some put it, the lack thereof) Youíve heard about it all, and you donít need yet another person
"Ooooooh. Aaaah. Take the red pill."
drooling on the shoes of ďThe MatrixĒ. Iím not here for that. I wish I could be, because I am a consummate bootlicker when it comes to movies like this, but as I said, youíve heard it all before.
Thereís Neo. Heís Keanu Reeves, actually acting. His name isnít Neo, really, except that it is. Neoís been having these wierd dreams that may or may not be. Then he finds out about a chance to enter the dreamworld, you know, like Alice and Wonderland. All he has to do is take this little pill...the thing is, you see, he canít leave once heís made it there.
Or he could take the other pill and just wake up. Guess which one he takes.
Thereís Morpheus. Heís Laurence Fishburne. His name IS Morpheus, as far as I know. He knows stuff. Stuff about the Matrix (it would absolutely require the capitol M, wouldnít you think?) and heís gonna teach Neo this stuff.
Then thereís Trinity. Trinityís ever so cool, and aloof. She wears alot of leather. Come to think of it, everyone seems to wear a lot of leather. In the future I definitely want to
dress like these people. Tight, shiny black leather. Sounds like fun.
Unfortunately, the leather is about all thatís fun about the Matrix, unless you count all the mind bending and karate chops. There are bad people lurking about, as one might expect. Itís time to take them out.
Know that in ďThe MatrixĒ, the plot (skimmed over above) isnít as much a plot as a concept. Keep that in mind, and accept that itís not supposed to be TOO complete, and
youíll do just fine.
Also know that the effects, while being extremely prominent, are not all there is here. Now, Iím not saying the little aspects (such as acting, script, and plot) could stand alone
and carry the movie, but they do add quite a bit and to disregard them as irrelavant trifles is probably not a good idea. If people started doing that, we might as well be watching
just a bunch of pretty pictures unfold in front of us with no rhyme or reason attached.
But damn, they are VERY pretty pictures. I donít think Iíve ever seen anything quite like this (yeah, yeah, I know itís just the technology and that weíll have better later). I can
pictue myself being disappointed if there comes another movie like this that is just pretty pictures...but I currently donít have to worry.Itís said that a good story doesnít need special effects. That would imply that special effects donít need a good story. Thank god that ďThe MatrixĒ ignores both of those ideas, and ended up the way it is.
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originally posted: 01/09/00 05:09:48
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