The Matrix: Revisited (15)

Review by Jack Foley


WHAT if a mainstream movie could combine high concept action and jaw dropping special effects with a plot that really made you think - surely this would be a film-goers' dream come true?

Well, the dream is a reality thanks to The Matrix, a quite stunning science fiction classic guaranteed to take you on the ride of your film-going life.

Keanu Reeves stars as a computer hacker named Neo who is about to discover that the world in which he exists is only a dream created by something known as The Matrix, which possesses sinister and unimaginable control over all human life.

Joining a resistance movement led by Laurence Fishburne's Morpheus, Neo soon finds himself an unlikely saviour, all the time pursued by an unrelenting group of agents.

To reveal too much more would spoil the fun, for as Morpheus tells Neo: "Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is, you have to see it for yourself." And see it you should, as soon as possible.

Erase any doubts you may have about the casting of Reeves - he is perfect as Neo, trying to pick up the pieces while all around him falls apart. Indeed, every performance is spot on, with Fishburne typically impressive and the epitome of cool as the spiritual leader given the bulk of the movie's dialogue, and Carrie-Anne Moss, another resistance fighter, exuding charisma and sex appeal as the ultimate, leather-clad killing machine.

The look and feel of the movie is first rate, effortlessly combining some of the best action sequences this side of John Woo with a truly inspired plot. And for once, the effects do not get in the way of the story, merely serving to boost it.

See it once, be stunned, and then see it again, several times, to catch what you may have missed - blockbusters this good don't come along that often.