‘The Matrix’ invites a lot of discussions. A lot many people applaud it for its visual effects and its plot elements, others call it a ‘teenager’s video game’, a good enough bashing. Science Fiction has been a subject of interest to the American Film Industry for a very long time now. Scores of films have been made to illustrate the point. A rather philosophical question regarding the existence of human race, its excesses on Earth and the question of sustained survival is also quite explored by the movie industry. An insight into Artificial Intelligence (Spielberg is our man) and some of its probable disastrous consequences is also reflected in the movies.
But what if a movie comes out in the 90s, the decade which is memorable for its stylish depiction of film (‘Heat’, ‘Fight Club’, ‘Seven’, ‘The Insider’, ‘The Usual Suspects’) on-screen, and combines all these themes into a feverish snowball thrown at the viewer with some of the most brilliant visual effects the audiences have experienced till date.
‘The Matrix’ tries to do that. Whether it is successful or not, is debatable. The one thing that is unequivocal, however, is that the movie has attained a ‘cult’ status. And that has been due to its original treatment to a modern subject that has been explored widely since then. Directed by The Wachowski Brothers, it stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving and Joe Pantoliano. It depicts a dystopian future in which reality as perceived by most humans is actually a simulated reality called “the Matrix”, created by sentient machines to subdue the human population, while their body heat and electrical activity are used as an energy source.
The movie centres around a world that has been dominated by intelligent machines for a long time. The machines survive on the Bio-electricity generated by the human body. To utilize this energy machines have plugged human beings into an imaginary world called Matrix where everything that exists is just a code while in the real world people are in a state of deep sleep.
“If you’re talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.”