Just ten short years ago, two brothers created the 28th best film of all time (as rated by IMDb readers). The Wachowski brothers, Andy and Larry, had limited film experience, yet they teamed up and put out a movie like the world had never seen before. Utilizing stunning special effects, groundbreaking freeze-motion, and tying into the evolving computer world, this movie caused every person who saw it to pause and ponder. Yes, just ten years ago, The Matrix was born.
The Matrix tells the story of Neo (Keanu Reeves), a small-time employee in a tech firm by day and a hacker by night. During the first few scenes with Reeves, there is the feeling that something is wrong with the world. Neo cannot tell you what it is, but something is amiss — something just isn’t right. Neo meets up with Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) who reveal the truth to him. That is, Neo sees that the world really isn’t a world, but is merely a computer simulation of sorts.
After being removed from the simulation and thrust into the real world, Neo is forced to come to terms with thousands of new things. He can learn kung fu, how to fly a helicopter, and get anything he wants all by being plugged into a machine. He must accept that food does not really taste good, that he will be living a limited life, and that everything he thought he knew was wrong. In short, Neo must restart his life, while at the same time finding out what his true destiny is.
I have always been a big Matrix fan and have loved the movie ever since it first came out. Though I abhor the sequels, the original movie is great, a classic, and a very good watch. The Matrix uses many literary metaphors and stories to tell a compelling tale. From Alice in Wonderland to several Sartre and Nietzsche stories, you can follow the course of illusion and existentialism throughout the movie. The Matrix also nicely ties in various historical and biblical references, as the ship is a type Mark: 3:11 and called Nebuchadnezzar.
Another thing that I like about The Matrix is the symbolism inherent in the movie. From the references already mentioned, to the color palette, this movie makes sure to use any and all symbols that it can. The Matrix talks about right vs. wrong, the concept of what it is to be human, and even the technology struggle depicted in Frankenstein. Even the names of the characters tie into the symbology, as there are three main parts to the puzzle (Trinity), a new man (Neo), and a change to the world (Morpheus). The Wachowski brothers pulled all of the stops to make sure that The Matrix showed the world as it was and is.