Analysis of Film The Matrix
The Matrix, released at Easter in 1999, is both a piece of cinematic
entertainment and a film portraying religious and philosophical
allegories. The Matrix can therefore be viewed from two different
perspectives; purely as an action film or instead on a deeper level,
exploring the more insidious values hidden in the plot.
As a piece of cinematic entertainment, the Matrix was a very
successful film release. It contains fight scenes, chase sequences and
special effects to rival any other film released during 1999. The
matrix was a Hollywood blockbuster. In order to be successful it had
to appeal to a wide audience. Like any other typical blockbuster, the
matrix contains a few simple aspects. These include attractive
characters, a love interest to appeal to girls, a feel-good ending,
action scenes, and a bit of violence to satisfy men.
The action scenes involve fights, music, chases and special effects.
The chase scenes include close escapes and near misses such as those
witnessed in the first scene, with Trinity reaching the phone box a
matter of seconds before it was hit. The loud explosions and
soundtracks add to the building sensation of nerves and terror and
then relief. They help to create tension, apprehension and pressure as
the plot thickens and we find out more about Neo and his destination.
The fight scenes contain many special effects such as bullet time and
agents 'morphing' between bodies. The Matrix was one of the first
films to use bullet time, putting, the film in a class of its own.
This aids entertainment, especially when shown on a large screen. The
kung fu fight scenes are predominantly exceptional, manipulating film
footage to show speed and action, fashioning the extremes that the
Matrix will hold. In places this was filmed using slow motion but some
parts of the film needed to be done in 'bullet time photography.' This
involved using computers and many cameras in different positions all
set at different times. The complexity of using bullet time is shown
by the fact that it uses almost 12 000 frames a second! The Matrix
uses almost every kind of visual effect that existed before it's
production, but basically took each one a step further.
The characters in the Matrix assist in producing a high-quality film.
The costumes are interesting, and symbolise different groups- the
agents all wear the same suits and people from Zion entering the
Matrix all wear sleek, black leather, forming a cool collected image.
Other valuable features of the film include effective cinematic
imagery such as Trinity holding the gun to an agent's head before
saying 'Dodge this.' This is ironic, as Neo has just been dodging
bullets shot by the same agent. Another example of effective cinematic
entertainment is the lobby scene as Neo and Trinity...