The Matrix Trilogy

3 Movies With Neo, Morpheus, and Trinity

“The Matrix” has just been re-released in Dolby for a one week engagement, commemorating its 20th anniversary release. So, I’d like to share with you my opinion of the the trilogy it produced. That’s correct-“The Matrix,” “The Matrix Reloaded,” and “The Matrix Revolutions”-all of them.

“The Matrix”

In 1999, the Wachowskis (formally known as the Wachowski Brothers before their sex-change operations) released a Sci-Fi movie so awe-inspiring, it has become an iconic phenomenon. “The Matrix” is celebrating its 20-year-old birthday, and why don’t I give you the scoop on it?

This is a complicated movie, the kind with the IQ of a computer hacker. In fact, it’s about computer hackers and anyone inside the internet. But it’s complicated in a fun and visually stunning way. Movies of its kind can go off the rails, and movies of its kind can earn fans. I’m no expert, but I throughly enjoyed this movie for the fantasy world it lives in, and the people who are willing to fight to get out. 

We meet Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves), who lives a double like as a computer program and a computer hacker by the alias of Neo. He then gets tracked down by a mysterious people by the names of Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), who both warn him that he’s in danger from the ruthless sentient agent named Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving). What is a sentient? 

Matter of fact……….

He’s also in seek of the answer to his question: “What is the Matrix?” Morpheus tells him that it’s everywhere, and everyone is a slave to it. The point is: he’s trapped inside a computer-generated dream world. 

At the end of the 20th century, robots waged war against the humans by stealing their bioelectric power. And so Zion is the only city to have its remaining humans. Morpheus also tells Neo that he could be the One to free everyone from this harsh reality. 

If you enjoyed “The Terminator” or “Blade Runner,” then you’ll enjoy “The Matrix.” It’s a throwback to the greatest Sci-Fi movies of all time, and yet it takes many great risks to be original. 

The visual effects are incredible, as they allow them to adjust to reality. Neo can fall to the street, which starts off rubbery; he can perform martial arts with Morpheus; and a kid can bend a spoon with his mind. But best of all: there’s a shoot-out during the third act: Neo and Trinity vs armed guards. All of this is obviously done by computers, stunts, and professional training. After all, it’s also a martial arts movie. 

You also have some intelligent work from Reeves, Fishburne, Moss, Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano (as a weasel). They’re characters, who know their game, even if some of us can’t really follow. But then again, that’s what makes the movie so fun. The Wachowskis knew their stuff back then, and even today, their movie still hold our attention. 


“The Matrix Reloaded”

Like the original movie, “The Matrix Reloaded” is a visual extravaganza. The Wachowskis are both filmmakers who take risks by expanding the Matrix world, and testing our I.Q. with its dialogue, characters, and storyline.

As I said for the first movie, “This is a complicated movie, the kind with the IQ of a computer hacker. In fact, it’s about computer hackers and anyone inside the internet. But it’s complicated in a fun and visually stunning way.” That’s exactly what this is.

In “The Matrix Reloaded,” the city of Zion is threatened by the Sentinels, who are en route to attack its inhabitants. It’s only a matter of time before they can reach to them, but Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) believes a prophecy can end it. The questions here are “What if he’s wrong?” and “What if he’s right?.” At this point, it’s difficult to say.

Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) are both in love, and he fears of losing her after a nightmare he has of her dying on a virtual mission. Their story rolls the dice on whether or not their relationship can continue. There’s no company policy, rest assured; it’s all based on this future war and the game designed for them.

The bad guy Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) is back in the game, unplugged to be exact, and is able to make avatars of himself. That’s why we receive a beautifully choreographed martial arts battle between Neo and Smith’s clones.

There’s also a long highway chase that balances every skill and memory. I admire how Smith is able to turn random people into his subjects, and watching Morpheus fight one of them on a moving truck is so damn fun.

Also new in this franchise is Agent Niobe (Jada Pinkett Smith), who questions Morpheus’ beliefs; Link the fellow hacker (Harold Perrineau); the Keymaster (Randall Duk Kim), who obviously becomes useful with his keys and knowledge; Seraph (Collin Chou), the Guardian of the Oracle; and two white-haired henchmen, known as Twins (Neil and Adrian Rayment). Hell, there are lots of new characters in this sequel.

“The Matrix Reloaded” continues the massively prominent performances of Reeves, Fishburne, Moss, and Weaving, as well as a number of dazzling special effects. Kudo to the Wachowskis for introducing us to worlds and characters, inspired by the likes of “Star Wars” and “Blade Runner.” Even if the story gets a bit too complicated to grasp, nothing is dry, and everything is intelligent.

And I think it’s a wise choice to continue this story in “Revolutions,” in the same year 2003, because of how it prevents any dyspnea in the time and narrative. Like and intermission, you need to take a quick break.


“The Matrix Revolutions”

Allow me to acknowledge the “To Be Concluded” title. “The Matrix Revolutions,” the finale to the “Matrix” trilogy, came out the same year as “Reloaded.” I’ve stated that it was a great way to allow fans to take a breather, months apart that is.

This is not full throttle like the last two entries, because there is a boring segment where the Zion warriors battle the sentinels (squid-like machines), but it does conclude the story about the war. The Wachowskis allow their actors and. characters to take risks and expand their elements, thus making “Revolutions” entertaining.

As the film begins, Neo (Keanu Reeves) finds his way into the Matrix, much to the surprise of Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), who both believed he was in a coma. They travel inside the virtual world with Seraph (Collin Chou), where they come across some enemies: the French programmer Merovingian (Lambert Wilson) and the hobo-disguised Trainman (Bruce Spence).

Let’s not forget Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) and his army of copies. And about Bane (Ian Bliss), the man Smith took control of, he’s now gone psycho. None of these villains last very long, but they still work on their own terms.

Back to the sentinel attacks, I was more bored than interested, because of how crazy the special effects get, and how they threaten to consume the movie. Somethings, they’re impressive, and other times, they’re kind of cheesy; but this segment allows the supporting characters to have their pay-offs.

Reeves, Fishburne, Moss, Weaving and Jada Pinkett Smith (as Niobe) all never cease to amaze me with their dialogue, providence, and serenity. The filmmakers have given them their due, whether or not we agree with their outcomes. I can’t believe they gave the choice to make Neo blind after a violent attack from the possessed Bane. It nearly reminds me of Tom Cruise when he got his eyes replaced in “Minority Report.” And there’s even a very sad moment during the last half hour that really wins our attention and hearts.

And there’s a final battle between Neo and Agent Smith that stretches from Point A to Point B. They fight on the rainy streets, duel inside a building, and levitate all around the virtual city. The stunt work and visuals are just dazzling here.

“Revolutions” is neither the first nor “Reloaded,” but because of the stars, characters, and their ambitions, it closes the trilogy nicely. It wants to accomplish something, and it does.


Categories: Action, Fantasy, Sci Fi, Sequel

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