THE MATRIX

Directors: Andy Wachowski/Larry Wachowski 
Writers: Andy Wachowski/Larry Wachowski
Producer: Andy Wachowski/Larry Wachowski/Grant Hill/Joel Silver 
Starring:
Keanu Reeves/Laurence Fishburne/Carrie-Anne Moss/Hugo Weaving 
Year: 1999
Country: US/Australia
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 136 minutes

This week, I decided I’m going to watch the trilogy of The Matrix, one of the most iconic movies of the nineties. The Matrix is known as one of the greatest science-fiction movies to have graced our screens, however the sequels didn’t tend to go down as well as The Matrix did as far as popularity goes. The movie is about a computer hacker called Neo who finds out that reality is far beyond what he could ever imagine. Morpheus, a computer hacker, shows Neo the real world which is nothing more than a wasteland where humans have been captured by machines that imprison their minds in an artificial reality known as the Matrix. Neo must return to the Matrix knowing the truth and defeating the Agents, highly-intelligent powerful computer programs who are written to kill Neo as well as the human race. The Matrix is one of those movies that everybody knows and remembers for it’s excellent special effects and it’s brilliant fight sequences but let me assure you, there’s more to the movie than that. The movie has a great story with imagination which tells us about life and technology and how the humans are fighting them in great detail. The Matrix also has characters that you actually cared about in the movie and you felt the emotion from the actors’ performances. While he may not have been the best actor ever, Keanu Reeves still manages to deliver a terrific performance as Neo and so does Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Ann Moss, who play Morpheus and Trinity respectively. They were casted just right as the characters’ personalities and the way they behaved suited the actors and actresses which made them believable.


The Matrix
has one thing that I couldn’t fault and that was its special effects. Here in 2010, we have, of course, seen better special effects but the special effects in The Matrix is definitely something that is still great after eleven years. Normally, I am a story guy, I love movies with a great story that will captivate you or send a powerful message as well as great character development, which this movie had. However, the thing that I was looking forward to the most with this movie was actually the action scenes. After seeing Neo and Morpheus in the sparring program half an hour into the movie, I couldn’t wait to see what was in store for the duration of the movie. The Wachowski Brothers have written a great story with a smart script that has some thought-provoking lines from some of the characters (mainly from either Morpheus or The Oracle).

A brilliant thing about The Matrix is not only it’s fantastic special effects, writing and direction but the fact that you care a lot about the characters and in some ways, you feel connected to them. The Matrix has some great material and, although it’s not intelligent, it’s smart enough to make you think about the movie afterwards. Everything about the movie is truly inspiring from the story to the script. The acting is almost faultless, the special effects were magnificent and the action scenes were brilliantly executed. The best thing about The Matrix is how it convinces you that fiction and reality can live together and you would never know any different. All in all, The Matrix is one of the best science-fiction movies made and those who are fans of the genre will not be disappointed by this movie.

THE MATRIX RELOADED

Directors: Andy Wachowski/Larry Wachowski 
Writers: Andy Wachowski/Larry Wachowski
Producer: Andy Wachowski/Larry Wachowski/Grant Hill/Joel Silver 
Starring: Keanu Reeves/Laurence Fishburne/Carrie-Anne Moss/Hugo Weaving 
Year: 2003
Country: US/Australia
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 138 minutes

The Matrix is one of the most iconic movies of the nineties and had really raised the bar in the science-fiction genre and from this, a sequel was born in the form of The Matrix Reloaded. The only thing that The Matrix Reloaded had to do was to out-do the first one in everything: from the story to the writing. Unfortunately, The Matrix Reloaded failed to do so. So in The Matrix Reloaded, Neo, Trinity and Morpheus continue to lead the revolution against the machines. This time, they re-enter the Matrix to gain more knowledge about the Matrix and its creator and Neo’s role in saving the human race. Even though The Matrix Reloaded has some great special effects and a couple of cool action scenes, it misses the two main things that made us all love The Matrix in the first place: A proper story and a brilliant script. Don’t get me wrong, I thought the story was decent enough to keep your attention but it’s quite weak compared to The Matrix and isn’t the same quality either. The story is actually quite predictable and the things that happened in the movie became a little predictable too, however there is no denying that it was done in quite a stylish fashion. The script is something that is unintentionally laughable at times but not because it’s funny, but because it’s unbelievable how the Wachowski brothers had written such a fantastic movie and then had written an average sequel. The Matrix was philosophical and made you ask questions about the movie as well as having that feeling that reality may not be reality at all. The Matrix Reloaded, however, didn’t have any of those feelings nor did it make you ask any questions but it felt like it focused all of it’s energies mainly on the action scenes, the stunts and the CGI and not caring much about the story or the script.

The Matrix Reloaded also had hardly any character development and you didn’t care as much about the characters like you did in The Matrix, however it is lucky enough that you cared about them so much in The Matrix that you still cared about them a little in The Matrix Reloaded. Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Laurence Fishburne return as Neo, Trinity and Morpheus and they did a good job with their characters but they were definitely much better in The Matrix. The special effects were great and the action scenes were good but there were a couple of fighting scenes which I found to either be too drawn-out, over-the-top or completely unrealistic. Yes, while I get that The Matrix does tend to have action scenes that more than likely can not realistically happen in any way, there were a couple of scenes where it went a little overboard and you couldn’t get into them properly. There were also quite a few clichés in the movie such as the birds flying out at the screen revealing Agent Smith walking in slow motion, however it does not put you off the movie and is a minor problem about the movie.

The Matrix Reloaded is average and decent enough as a stand-alone movie but as a sequel, it’s very disappointing, completely frustrating and could have been much more improved. We’ve seen what the Wachowski brothers can do and they release a sequel that’s not as good as the first and takes away all of the elements that made us love The Matrix. It wasn’t all about the CGI, the flashy fight scenes or the action (even though it helped) but it was more about its clever script and its imaginative story which, unfortunately, is not really seen in The Matrix Reloaded. If you liked The Matrix, do not expect the sequel to be just as good but do expect some great action sequences and some great use of special effects. Overall, The Matrix Reloaded is quite a disappointing sequel to the brilliant first movie. However, the two-minute trailer to the movie (shown above) is much better than the movie itself.

THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS

Directors: Andy Wachowski/Larry Wachowski 
Writers:
Andy Wachowski/Larry Wachowski
Producer: Andy Wachowski/Larry Wachowski/Grant Hill/Joel Silver 
Starring:
Keanu Reeves/Laurence Fishburne/Carrie-Anne Moss/Hugo Weaving 
Year: 2003
Country: US
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 129 minutes

The Matrix was a brilliant science-fiction movie and is definitely one of the best movies in the genre, The Matrix Reloaded is almost instantly forgettable but not a bad sequel, however they discarded all of the elements that made us love The Matrix so how was The Matrix Revolutions? It’s not only the worst movie in the series but one of the worst sequels I have seen for a movie series in a long time and I’ve seen A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge! Picking up exactly where The Matrix Reloaded finished, Zion is preparing for the war against the machines knowing that they may not survive. Neo discovers he can use his powers in the real world as well as in the Matrix and he can free his mind from his body, which results in him being stuck between the real world and the Matrix. Neo’s friends fight to free him from The Merovingian because it is believed that Neo is The One that will end the war between Zion and the machines. What is unknown to both the humans and the machines is that there’s something out there that plans on destroying both worlds. The Matrix Revolutions has so much wrong with it and not only do the writers forget everything that we loved in The Matrix, but they also forget the story. The Matrix and The Matrix Reloaded both had a story that lasted a decent amount of time and the quality of the story was brilliant regarding the first and decent regarding the second. The Matrix Revolutions, however, has a story that felt like it was written by somebody completely different from the Wachowski brothers and felt like it lost its way and went in the wrong direction. The story was dragged and stretched to make it last for over two hours when it could have easily been an hour and a half. There were some scenes that were either irrelevant or went on for far too long and could have easily been trimmed down a little or completely taken out. Also, the story was predictable and the quality is quite poor compared to the previous entries in the series, with The Matrix obviously being the best story out of the three.

Another thing I found to be a little annoying was the acting. The Matrix had some terrific performances from Laurence Fishburne, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, The Matrix Reloaded was decent enough but there was something missing from their performances but in The Matrix Revolutions, they weren’t so great. Sure, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss give out a decent enough performance as Neo and Trinity but I’ve seen them do much better in the first two movies. Laurence Fishburne’s performance has changed since the first two movies but I do not blame him, I think this is the fault of the writing. Laurence Fishburne’s character Morpheus felt like a completely different character and it was like he was new to the movies and he was just introduced. If you watch The Matrix and then watch The Matrix Revolutions, he doesn’t seem the same at all. There are a couple of positive things I can say about the movie and that is about the special effects and the action scenes, since that’s all the movie really was. The action scenes of Zion against the machines were great to watch and something that is quite impressive. The other action scenes, including the nightclub fight and the big fight, were done very well. However, The Matrix was more than another science-fiction movie with explosions and fights as it had some memorable quotes and a great story. It’s unfortunate that The Matrix Revolutions has neither of those. I couldn’t see much of a story in the final movie of the series nor could I see any memorable dialogue. In the end, The Matrix Revolutions is definitely the worst way you could end a movie series; it hardly has any story or any interesting characters and it’s forgettable as soon as you finish watching it. The Matrix Revolutions is just another science-fiction movie with a bunch of special effects, explosions and impressive action scenes thrown in.

It’s quite disappointing how the trilogy turned out overall. The trilogy started off magnificently with The Matrix as it had such a brilliant and captivating story with some memorable quotes and some amazing action scenes that would stay with you for a while. Then along came The Matrix Reloaded with it’s same impressive action scenes and a decent story but with hardly any memorable quotes. The Matrix Revolutions ended the story with fantastic special effects and action scenes with the cost of hardly any story, character development or memorable scenes or even a proper script. I don’t understand how the Wachowski brothers had written and directed the start of the trilogy brilliantly and then made two sequels that were decent bordering on rubbish. Completely disappointing, The Matrix Revolutions felt like it was rushed and it felt like hardly any love or time had went into the story. Just like The Matrix Reloaded, it felt like their time was focused fully on the special effects and the action scenes and making sure people were amazed by them. It’s just a shame that they didn’t realise that the story and the dialogue amazed the people as well as the special effects. If it weren’t for the fact that Neo, Trinity and Morpheus weren’t in it and Zion wasn’t mentioned, this could have been called something else and you wouldn’t know the difference. The feel of it is completely different to the other two movies. It’s just another movie in which special effects outweigh the story. Overall, The Matrix Revolutions is nothing more than extremely disappointing and could have been so much better if more time went into the story and the script.

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My name is Darren Camponi and I run a website called Darren Camponi which can be seen here: http://innersanctumreviews.wordpress.com/

2 Responses

  1. David Brook

    I haven’t seen any of the Matrix films for a long time. Back when they were released my thoughts were pretty much the same as yours though. I’d have thought the first film would have dated a bit by now after everyone ripped off the 360 degree camera effect (or flo-mo or whatever people call it) and pretty much killed it off, but maybe it’s time for a re-watch.

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  2. Dazz Camponi

    I’ve been meaning to watch and review these for a while now but yeah, my thoughts still hasn’t changed from when I was 13 or 14, lmao. I also thought that the first movie would be dated because of that effect but it weirdly hasn’t, lol.

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