Movie Research Essay: The Matrix

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Research Essay The Matrix is a 1999 science fiction film about the artificial intelligence computers enslaving mankind. The movie portrayed a cyberpunk, dystopian universe in which machines took over the whole of humanity and incarcerated them in a computer program known as the Matrix. The film displayed a constant battle between machines and humans. The Matrix became a popular film that was thought-provoking and full of ambiguities about the virtual world in computers and reality. The production of The Matrix emerged from the ideas of Andy and Larry Wachowski. The Wachowskis presented the script for the movie to Lorenzo di Bonaventura, president of Warner Brothers Entertainment Incorporation, who decided to buy the rights to The Matrix …show more content…
The Wachowskis introduced “new levels of realism into stunt work and visual effects” throughout the entirety of the film (Silberman). The production company made the decision for the movie to be filmed in Sydney, Australia in order to make the budget. The Matrix became a co-production film of Warner Brothers and the Australian company, Village Roadshow Pictures. Auditions and casting shortly began for the movie. Warner Brothers sought to cast Will Smith, Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer and Nicholas Cage for the role of the main protagonist, Thomas Anderson/Neo but all actors declined the role. The studio finally casted Keanu Reeves for the main role as Thomas Anderson/Neo. Laurence Fishburne was casted for the role of Morpheus, a mysterious captain of the Nebuchadnezzar, the main hovercraft ship featured in the movie. The role of Trinity, who was a crew member of the Nebuchadnezzar and the lover of Neo, was played by Carrie-Anne Moss. The role was initially intended for Janet Jackson, but she had to decline the offer due to scheduling conflicts. Agent Smith was the main antagonist of the movie portrayed by Hugo Weaving. The Wachowskis required …show more content…
Thomas Anderson lived a double life, “by day he was a computer programmer for a large, generic software company and by night he was a known hacker under the alias ‘Neo’” (Martin). Thomas Anderson suspected that there is something wrong with the world. He became part of an “underground organization that sought to wrest back control back from the machines” (Doidge). Trinity approached Neo at a club and explained to him that she knew all about his suspicions of an unknown world called the Matrix. Trinity led Neo to a man named Morpheus who can explain the meaning of the Matrix. However, the group of agents, led by Agent Smith attempted to prevent Neo from meeting Morpheus. Finally, Neo and Morpheus arranged a meeting where Neo must make the decision of either choosing a blue or red pill. If Neo chose the blue pill, he would wake up in his home and remember nothing, but if Neo decided on the red pill, Morpheus would allow him to see the truth about reality. Neo selected the red pill and his reality is disappeared right in front of him. Neo discovered that he and the rest of society are kept in “womb-like cells, where they supplied energy to a vast computerized artificial intelligence, while their minds are occupied with a completely fake ‘existence’” (Miller). Morpheus rescued Neo from the liquid filled tank and brought him aboard the Nebuchadnezzar, a

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