"The Matrix" Film Review

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Keanu Reeves goes sci-fi in: ‘The Matrix’ By Jeremi Campese Directed by Andy and Larry Wachowski, The Matrix follows Thomas Anderson, who is living a double life, better known in the movie as his hacking alias: Neo (played by Keanu Reeves). He is driven to discover cryptic references on his computer to “the Matrix.” Another infamous hacker, Trinity contacts Neo and informs him that a man named Morpheus (played by Laurence Fishburne) can tell him what the Matrix is; Morpheus meets and teaches Neo the true meaning of the Matrix (I won’t dish out any spoilers to this). Morpheus also tells Neo he believes Neo is ‘the one’ who can resurrect the minds of the world from intelligent machines and agents. In a quest for the truth, the reality and most importantly ‘believing.’ Neo is tested constantly in and out of the Matrix, and to a swell of romance to finish. Graphically, it is a kinetic thrill, keeping you mesmerized by the innovation of editing, visual effects, sound mixing and editing. However, a very prominent feature where the film falls short in is the continuous recoil to a predictable storyline; the bad guys fire thousands of bullets, but are unable to hit the good guy (who in turn, fires just hundreds and hits them all). Then it's down to the standoff between good and evil, Neo and Agent Smith- a martial arts battle in which the good guy gets pounded until he's almost dead, before he finds the inner strength to believe and fight back. We’ve all ‘been there, done that.’ Just as the movie becomes interesting, it loses its innovation and settles for the same recycled ideas we’ve all seen a dozen times in violence of good vs. bad. It’s a little unfortunate as the premise and general set-up is very intriguing. After raising initial questions to the audience (such as: what is the Matrix? What is its purpose? What is reality? Is all this reality? Or perhaps a

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