Written and directed by the Wachowski brothers, ‘The Matrix’ is a
science fiction film, which was released in the year 1999. It was the
first film to use the now famous camera technique of ‘bullet time’ and
also introduced wirework martial arts into conventional cinemas. Its
vision of the future is similar to other science fiction films such as
‘Men In Black’ with the agents always wearing sunglasses and the idea
of man vs. machine\evil. In the opening sequence of the film, I am
going to analyse the effects of different camera shots, as well as
other factors, which engage the viewers’ interest.
The film appeals to its target audience by many different features.
For men there is an attractive female character, Trinity, a lot of
action packed gunfights, different gadgets and the police. For women
there is an attractive male character, Neo, a strong female lead,
Trinity, and a love interest between Neo and Trinity. There are quite
a few questions that remain unanswered in the opening sequence. These
make the viewer want to carry on watching the film to find the
answers. For example, whom are they going to kill and why are they
going to kill him? Tension is also created by not being able to see
Trinity’s face when she is talking on the phone.
The setting suggests the film is retro-futuristic. It is set in the
future but there are some elements from the present or past. One of
the first things that we see are normal police cars and police men
with radios and mobile phones. The opening sequence is in a derelict
hotel. It’s name, ‘Heart o’ the City’, suggests it has a central role
of what is about to happen. It first appears that Trinity is in a
hotel room or apartment. The dark and mysterious settings create
suspense and tension because the viewer cannot see all the detail, and
does not know what is about to happen next. These sorts of settings
can also be found in horror and crime films.
The very first thing that the viewer can see is a computer with green
numbers coming down the screen. This green tinge is continued
throughout the opening scene. It suggests that the film is a science
fiction film, and it creates un-realness throughout it.
The next things that can be seen are policemen with torches. The
corridor that they are walking along has no lights apart from the
torchlight, creating tension. The torchlight is focussed on two
officers who are advancing towards a door. This grabs the viewers’
attention and makes them look directly at the officers. The light is
then pointed towards the door. When the officers kick down the door
and walk into the room, they direct all their torches on Trinity.
This focuses our attention on Trinity, suggesting she has a central
role in the film.
The camera then moves outside the hotel, where there are...