Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Matrix: Premise, Premise

I saw The Matrix for the first time a few weeks ago and it was one of the best movies I'd seen in a while.

The story revolves around the concept of a fake reality-- a computer system called The Matrix-- that most of humanity unknowingly lives in. Physically, they're floating in human warehouses, but according to their perception, they are operating in a world very similar to ours.

The reason The Matrix is so intriguing--and disturbing-- is that it implants a fear in the viewer that he may be under a similar illusion. How do you know you're really seeing this screen with your own eyeballs and not actually floating with a bunch of wires somewhere in a pool of goo? The film had a lot of fun with the premise without being completely devoid of plot. And even though it never really settles on a particular worldview or message, the movie plays with some interesting worldviews and ideas.

Sadly, the character development was a little lacking. The main character, Neo, had an interesting character arc, but he was fairly bland for the beginning of the movie. None of the other characters experienced much development but again I can forgive that for just how much fun I had with this movie.

I've also read critics call The Matrix unsubstantial. I agree to an extent and did find that a little disappointing.

If I were grading The Matrix for cohesiveness and quality, I might end up giving it a 7 out of 10. But as a viewer who really enjoyed this and was willing to overlook the flaws I mentioned, I'm giving it an 8 out of 10. 

With a good enough premise-- and execution of the premise-- even otherwise bad movies can deliver.

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