Analysis of Film The Matrix Essay

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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
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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 attempt to rescue Morpheus. When asked to remove any metal items they open their long jackets to reveal masses of guns. They then go on to fight many security guards. This is good because when they open their jackets you are both shocked and amazed.

The Matrix is littered with remarkable scenes such as these that help to make it the
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