Lately, I have been (re)watching many of the exceptional sci-fi films of last century – La Jetée (1962), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Primer (2004), Blade Runner (1982), The Terminator (1984), and, Star Wars. As part of that list, it was – The Matrix (1999) today. Just like most of these films of the period this one too depicts an apocalyptic future for the human race – may be, as audience and readers, we appreciate doom’s day stories more. After George Orwell’s classic 1984, The Matrix (1999) is the work that’s often quoted by pessimist when they talk of a dystopian world that awaits us. As I have written earlier in this blog, I am an eternal optimist on this subject.
The Matrix is an action film primarily, with a Sci-Fi background. The good guys in the film are the members of the resistance, those who are fortunate (or unfortunate) to know the truth and live outside the matrix. The bad guys are the machines which rule the world and have enslaved humans as their energy source, who live their entire life inside a computer simulation.
Apart from the brilliant plot, the fans loved the film for its action sequences – Fights between Neo and The Agent, the mind wrapping stunts and freezing of a rain of incoming bullets-many of these became common fixtures in Hollywood films for the next decade.
Watching the film after two decades, the feasibility of the story looks less likely now – machines will have access to much better energy sources than humans, modern research suggests microbes/bacterias are the most efficient energy converters; machine overlords will have infinite resources to identify the resistance members both outside and inside the matrix instantly than what is portrayed.
Anyways, The Matrix is an engaging watch that will keep you thinking about it for a long time.