: The Matrix
Author: Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski
Director: Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski
Frankly, I was disappointed by this movie. I’d heard lots of good things about it — mostly that the story was really good (as in, it wasn’t just a special effects movie). The story didn’t do much for me. It was completely predictable. This might just be because I’ve been working on my own (unfinished) virtual reality novel and I threw out this plot about five years ago as being too cliche. Basically, the plot has Keanu Reaves as a guy who finds out his whole life is an illusion and it’s up to him to save humanity from the machines that enslave them. (The whole bit about machines taking over the earth was ludicrous.) Still, the movie was well done, the special effects interesting (thought not great — the "fast" fights were strangely slow), and some of the characters were pretty cool (Laurence Fishburne was great as Morpheus). But it certainly was not the spiritually moving, thought-provoking movie I’d come to expect based on the reviews. I got it on DVD with lots of extras and I haven’t even bothered looking through them — who really wants to study this limp movie like a religion?