Everything is relative in the Matrix: 20th century reality is something we have been conditioned to believe and Big Brother is fucking with our mind. Again.The Matrix heavily borrows from many classics from the sci fi genre for its plot, but it works to create a feature that is contextual and whose special effects are wholly original.
The film’s opening immediately grabs viewers with a rebel running for her life from a bunch of feral agents, who are wearing the obligatory dark sunglasses. Her amazing escape leads to her contacting a computer hacker (Keanu Reeves). After a lot of mistrust and anti-hero fun, he finally puts his life in her hands and is introduced to Morpheus (Fishburne), the leader of the resistance. Believing him to be ‘the one', the one to destroy the Matrix and defeat the undefeatable agents, Morpheus offers him a choice – to fulfill his destiny or to lead a life of peaceful gullibility. It’s all in the mind we are told, once you believe in your ability to overcome all the rules of gravity, death and life as we know it, you can do anything (but don’t try it at home kids).
Like the film, Keanu takes himself a little too seriously. Keanu as the Messiah is a little hard to take, especially with his deadpan acting. The "romance" between him and Moss is also very thin and she vacillates between ultimate desire for Keanu and prancing about like a leather clad feminist-separatist you might be likely to meet at the annual Mardi-Gras. Laurence Fishbourne stands out as the most credible character (though he could lose the sunglasses), among a smattering of recognizable and lesser known Australian actors. Hugo Weaving is truly terrible, both in his acting and his accent.Despite all the films’ failings, the high-paced special effects and kung-fu sequences are groundbreaking and it took 3 local animation companies to put them together. With the Matrix, Sydney Fox Studios really show what they are capable of to an international audience and if the film could be judged on special effects alone, The Matrix would be clear winner.