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Absolut Paradigm

The Matrix
The Matrix (1999):
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The Wachowski Bros.
The Wachowski Bros.

Keanu Reeves
Laurence Fishburne
Carrie-Anne Moss
Joe Pantoliano
Hugo Weaving
... Director
... Writer

... Neo
... Morpheus
... Trinity
... Cypher
... Agent Smith

The Matrix blends a cyberpunkish theme of anti-establishmentism, cool visual effects and great fight choreography into a great thrill ride. The Matrix follows the 'coming of age' of Neo, a computer geek (of course), who is recruited into the resistance by Morpheus. The film then rolls through several action pieces and some cryptic philosophy before Neo is put on the spot and must 'follow his destiny' or run from it.

Some of the 'deeper' elements of the story seem to be heavy-handed, while some of the dialogue on the philosophy of living and life sounds like it came straight out of fortune cookies. However, The Matrix is touted to be the first film of a trilogy, so it is possible that the depth of the story remains to be completely revealed. It's a great popcorn movie with the potential of developing the science fiction story elements in the next two movies, but any message about what makes one human is drown out in the action-packed climax.

Absolut Paradigm

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