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The Matrix (1999) - Movie Review

Thomas Anderson, a computer programmer and a hacker by midnight named Neo, is led to fight an underground war against powerful computers who have constructed his entire reality with a system called the Matrix.

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In a general understanding, humans live a life where they grow, work to earn money, eat and drink to stay alive, sleep to relax and most fascinating thing is that they dream while being asleep, experiencing the most impossible things in different aspects.

But what if it’s the opposite, the life that we’re living turns out to be a dream and when in reality we sleep and dream, that’s the moment we wake up from dream (the life we’re living). The parallel universe is where we belong and when some uncertainty occurs, we fall from a height in most cases (fall unconscious) and start dreaming the life that we’re living 24 hours. What if the moment that you’re reading the line right now is actually a part of your 16 hour dream and later you’ll wake up for remaining 8 hours of the day.

When the creation of a movie comes in the hands of The Wachowski sisters (Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski), the story most probably takes through a deep tunnel of mysteries connected for a purpose; fighting for freedom, in search of knowing the hidden truth and much more. The Matrix is one of the masterpieces.

All time legend Keanu Reeves plays the role of lead character Thomas A. Anderson (alias Neo, also known as “The One”, “The Anomaly”, or “Mr. Anderson”) who lives an ordinary life and works as a computer programmer for the MetaCortex software company. It’s all fun and games until Morpheus (Lawrence Fishburne) approaches him to show the reality by offering Neo two pills, a red pill to learn the truth and a blue pill to forget everything and return to the same ordinary life. Ofcourse it’s all about matrix so Neo proceeds with red pill.

The Matrix (1999) - Movie Review

The duo along with the team hurtles through the world of matrix discovering unbelievable things, upgrading and modifying abilities in the simulation, the war between humans and machines, the rebirth of Neo where he wakes up in the real world, i.e, The Matrix. It’s truly the world of software and computers depicted by humans in a film. However, to protect the computer generated world there are some agents who hunt down and terminate any rogue programs like red pill believers. Neo along with his colleague Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) does fight him in certain scenarios to achieve some missions.

In a scene where Agent Smith captures Morpheus to drain out the data from his mind, he does speak some facts that would blow a firm believers mind in simple way. “I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species, and I realised that humans are not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment; but you humans do not. Instead you multiply, and multiply, until every resource is consumed. The only way for you to survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern… a virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer on this planet, you are a plague, and we… are the cure.” And indeed that’s what Biology is about, all the battles for survival on the planet and conquering the parts of planet earth for heredity and evolution.

The Matrix (1999) - Movie Review
Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving)

When talking about graphics and CGI, it’s hard to believe for 21st century audience that this film was made back in 1999, the gunshots, the animation, the stunts, the transitions and whatnot is absolutely breathtaking. But it’s true that The Matrix is an excellent, well crafted and unique expression of the war between humans and machines. As a viewer it’s not an easy thing to analyze the depth of the rabbit hole just by judging the characteristics of the actors.

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