Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Matrix review

  • Book or Movie Title: The Matrix
  • Written By: The Wachowski brothers (Andy and Larry)
  • Type of book/ Kind of movie: Science Fiction/Action

My comments:

The Matrix (1999) is a science fiction movie written and directed by Andy and Larry Wachowski. It is co-starred by Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishbourne, Carry-Ann Moss and Hugo Weaving. In a distant future where, after a great development on Artificial Intelligence, machines take over the world and use humans lives as source of energy to function. In order to keep the human race under control, the machines create The Matrix, a simulation program built to make people believe they live in 1999, when machines were still harmless. In spite of this a small group of free resisters hide underground hidden from the machines getting in and out of the Matrix as they please, and constantly searching for others prepared to be “released” from the Matrix.

Morpheus (Laurence Fishbourne) is captain to one of the ships of Zion, the last human city, and believes someone inside the Matrix has the power to win the war against machines and free humans from the Matrix. He meets Thomas A. Anderson (Keanu Reeves) is the person Morpheus thinks has this ability, and the plot revolves around their relationship and whether the latter is “the one”.

The Matrix presents a gripping plot with the addition of breathtaking action scenes, as inside the Matrix some rules such as gravity can be bent or even broken. The movie introduces the “bullet time” effect, which freezes the image as the camera turns around the scene. The acting is powerful, but its main strength lies on its skillful script and direction.

Because of this assets The Matrix started a new generation in movies making. If you like science fiction, filled will exciting action scenes and a great story, this is simply a film you can’t miss. Still the question remains… How far is this from a real future?


Fabiana Lassalle said...

Dear Fede

Your closing question has kept me thinking...

Having watched that movie several times, I still wonder what makes it so popular among teenagers. There must be some generational gap, as I still don't see the point. Yet, your review has enlightened me a bit.

Now, do you really think the future of humankind will possibly be reduced to that?!

A true believer in human nature

Fede said...

I answer you fabiana. Yes, The Matrix IS a little exagerated about the situation, but it is said that one way or another humanity will finally destroy itself, maybe because of wars or maybe because of natural causes. Artificial Inteligence improuved greatly in the last few years and it is to expect that machines will be able to think by themselves. Nevertheless, I don't believe they will get "evil", they will work as tools only. So, in conclusion, I also believe in human nature, but I acknowledge humanity has a selfdestructive nature.

I'm glad my question made someone interested on the subject...

Fabiana Lassalle said...

Dear Fede

I'm glad to read you share my belief in human nature.

You've made a very interesting point: Hard though it is to admit, human beings do have a self-destructive nature. Now, whether artificial intelligence will prevail over humankind will depend entirely on each and every action we take from now on.

I do hope we are intelligent enough to develop machines with the sole purpose of their being used as mere tools to help humanity, thus running no risk of being replaced by them.

Wishing us all a much better future