Plot/Summary: The Matrix follows an unlikely hero Neo in his search to find Morpheus and the meaning of the Matrix. Unbeknownst to Neo, he is living in a computer generated world run by agents. Once Morpheus frees Neo from his human cell, Neo will learn the truth behind human existence. This film is thrilling right from the beginning. The intriguing plot will have you guessing until the end of the movie. 9/10
Cinematography: Even though this film was released in 1999, the CGI and special effects hold up extraordinarily well. The action sequences are both thrilling and amazing to watch. The actors and actresses put a lot of time in the choreography of the fight scenes. It made the action sequences feel real and not just another stunt guy stepping in for the difficult parts. The Sentinels are probably the worst looking thing in the film. They did not age well, but everything else in the Matrix holds up. 8.5/10
Characterization: The casting choices for the Matrix are unbelievable and I can’t imagine replacing the four main characters with anyone else. Agent Smith played by Hugo Weaving portrays the mechanical and emotionless villain, while Keanu Reeves plays the unlikely chosen one. Morpheus is played by Laurence Fishburne who brings so much weight and seriousness to his character. Trinity, played by Carrie-Anne Moss, is probably one of the best strong female characters ever portrayed in a film. She does a fantastic job of holding her own in a predominantly male cast. Each actor gives a stunning performance and as an audience member you are immediately enthralled by them. 8.5/10
Conclusion: This film is exciting, intriguing, and fun to watch. It was bold for the directors to have the audience follow Neo and only know the information he has, but it worked out in the end. The Matrix presented a fresh and original sci-fi idea which is what has made the movie so beloved and adored. Since its release in 1999, we have seen many other films try to copy or reproduce certain elements from the Matrix, but in the end there can only be one Matrix.
Final Score: 8.7