Head to Head – The Matrix

Welcome to the latest edition of Head to Head, in which our Quickflix critic takes on our readers in a rip-snorting battle to the death! You pick the film, and we pick the fight!

This week, Colin Jacobs took the blue pill and denounced the Wachowski Brothers‘ sci-fi hit The Matrix. For his troubles, he scored a double pass to Alice in Wonderland. You can win free movie tickets too by sending your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix!

Colin Jacobs will argue AGAINST the film while Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo will argue FOR it. Let us know in the comments section below who you agree with. Spare no vitriol! Choose your side! There can only be one winner!

Colin Jacobs – 2/5

Can it be that I’m the only human being that despises The Matrix? As if Keanu Reeves’ acting “skills” weren’t enough, this film is riddled with problems, such as eye-rolling plot devices – they use humans as batteries? – and cheesy, nonsensical pop-mysticism. The biggest flaw, though, is the lack of tension. It’s not clear just what’s possible and impossible inside the Matrix or how it really works, so how can we be surprised when anything in particular happens? There’s not much suspense in a firefight when one of the participants is God. It’s true there are a lot of leather coats and sunglasses to be seen. And it has explosions. But there is so little meat on the plot bone; I’m amazed that this has gone down as one of the greatest Sci-Fi/action flicks of all times. Don’t the kids watch ‘Aliens’ anymore?

Simon Miraudo – 5/5

You raised an interesting question Colin. “Can it be that I’m the only human being that despises The Matrix?” Have you ever considered that you are actually just a program living inside a giant database that we have mistaken for reality? If you’re not human, then that would explain why you don’t like The Matrix. But, if you aren’t human, and reality is not as we perceive it to be – THEN HOW DO WE EVEN KNOW THIS FILM EVEN EXISTS. OK, so I will admit the pseudo-psychology of The Matrix is about as well conceived and fascinating as someone recounting their half-remembered acid trip. But this film isn’t about the “What?” It’s about the “Woah.” The Matrix boasts some of the most eye-popping and game-changing special effects and action sequences ever conjured in film history. I recall seeing the film in cinemas and being absolutely blown away. I saved my ticket stub (still in my possession), convinced that even a tiny souvenir would always remind me of that film-going experience. All the busted logic in the world couldn’t sink my enthusiasm for The Matrix. And frankly, the film’s “pop mysticism” is no more half-baked and silly than everyone’s current favourite sci-fi flick, Avatar. Unobtanium? Eywa? Sigourney Weaver with dreadlocks? Come on, some things are just unbelievable.

Now it’s over to you! What are your thoughts on The Matrix? Let us know in the comments section below. If you would like to be featured in the next Head to Head and possibly win some free movie tickets, send your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix!

5 Responses to “Head to Head – The Matrix”

  1. I'm with you on this one Simon. The Matrix WAS a game changer, with it's clever use of CGI and often copied bullet-time sequence. Yes Keanu Reeves is droll but Neo's a computer nerd! It fits the part.What makes this movie so clever is that it works on multiple levels …. from kick-arse action movie to the "pop mysticism" of the nature of reality. That the matrix is so convincing and compelling that Cipher wants to be put back into it so that he can savour the "real" flavour of meat and not "tasty wheat". And yet Agent Smith wants to escape from what he see's as the limits of the matrix.One of my personal favourite moments was the "your other left" moment near the climax of the movie, where Neo gets his sense of direction confused, so as to remind us that Neo is NOT a God and is still human despite his powers in the Matrix.I saw this movie three times at the cinema when it was released and there's not many films that would make me pay good money to go and see it over and over again. It's just a pity that the sequels didn't match up to the original.

  2. I exited this movie wondering how anyone could like it. It's ALL style, NO substance. The science is so totally broken as to be beaten, flogged, subjugated and made to sit in a corner. Yeah the action sequences are quite tidy. But suspension of disbelief, for anyone who possesses a modicum of logic, education and critical capacity is quite impossible. The film makes too many excuses for the setup for the actual plot to be operable.

  3. Keanu Reeves is an actor with only one facial expression, but for The Matrix is was an expression that worked.It was an orgy of amazing special effects and yes 'cool leather jackets and sunglasses' – I happened to quite like them!As for logic (drwally) – it has no place here. Enjoy it for what it is and don't think so much.

  4. For fellow Matrix-skeptics, check out *Dark City* if you haven't already – very similar premise, also oozes style, and yet remains consistent and interesting the whole time.

  5. The Matrix is an amazing film for many reasons, and firmly ingrained into our pop culture. It raised the bar for fight sequences and visual effects like no other film from the 90s. coljac, I love Dark City too. I was lucky enough to catch The Matrix/Dark City double at Luna cinemas in Freo. It made for an awesome sci fi feast!

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