A quick review.
The Sims by EA Games is a pretty popular game franchise. We all love to raise a family similar to people we know or just put them in a swimming pool and take away the ladder to see how long it would take for them to drown. The idea of playing God is both powerful and fun. I can literally spend hours creating my perfect world.
But we can’t really imagine being a Sim. We can’ imagine having our car pull wait four hours for us to go to work or to not be able to move because there is a plate on the floor, it is a concept we cannot comprehend. As humans we like free will, God gave it to us after all for a reason. But what if we aren’t really free? We are all controlled by a greater being. Whether it is by Robots, Gods or Aliens, we would hate the philosophy of it and we would defiantly hate to be stuck in the Matrix.
The Matrix (The Wachowski Brothers, 1999) is a film based on the horrific idea that we are all in fact in some kind of sleep state being controlled by a greater intelligence. Our hero Thomas A. Anderson / Neo played by the incredible Keanu Reeves is a computer programmer who doesn’t necessarily use his powers for good. However, this will soon change after Neo is approached by Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and the small group of people out of the Matrix, he is given the opportunity to escape the Matrix and live in the real world. All this seems easy but with the Agents / Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) trying to murder anyone who threatens the truth, it gets a lot more complicated.
The real world however is dangerous, destroyed, dirty and overrun by robots that feed on humans. With everyone in pods being bred for food, the real world is somewhere you never want to be.
Morpheus: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill — the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill — you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.
The incredible and mad use of CGI crosses over the real world with computer science to draw in the audience and never let them leave until the end of the third film, even including the computer glitches which are being excused as Da-Ja-vou. We are drawn into the terrifying and complicated philosophy and caused to fear the possibility of this insane theory.
Morpheus: What is real? How do you define ‘real’? If you’re talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then ‘real’ is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.
However, being made in 1999 the CGI is not completely convincing with some rather unrealistic looking scenes and even Neo flying off into the sunset. We begin to step away from the serious concepts of the feature and into a feel of the comedy genre.
This action packed film both thrills you and causes you to question your existence. I would defiantly give this film 5 star!
Would you choose the red pill or the blue pill?
Deathbyapril- April Ely
How have you not seen this?
Check out my review on Constantine for more philosophy lessons and Keanu Reeves .