The Matrix, By The Wachowski Brothers

2370 WordsAug 31, 201410 Pages
Art has always been, and always will be, our most instinctual way of producing visual adaptions of our inner fantasies. Imaginings that are based on what is real, but appear to belong to another place entirely. One of the most engaging of art forms in which we do this, is film. Its ability to recreate the impossibilities of our imagination, in a way that is realistic and believable, is one that is hard to replace within the genres of science fiction and fantasy. A classic example of such a film is ‘The Matrix’ a science fiction masterpiece directed by The Wachowski Brothers. Released in 1999, the film has an extreme amount of depth not only in its storyline, but in its innovative use of visual effects and camerawork. Therefore in this essay I have decided to critically examine the underlying thematic content of ‘The Matrix’, and the way in which the use of visual effects and cinematography contributed to the execution of its intricate dystopian narrative, and the themes present within it. Advances in technology have allowed filmmakers to produce more and more works based within the setting of fantasy and reality, coexisting with each other. And often, as it is in ‘The Matrix’, reflecting back on each other. One of the themes within The Matrix that relates to this element, is this idea of the blurring lines between what is ‘man’ and what is ‘machine’. The film clearly presents humans and machines on opposing sides of an ongoing battle for life, yet throughout the film we are
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