The Matrix Assignment

At the start of the matrix you see the Warner bros logo but with a slight green tinge, but the music is slightly strange too, this can tell us that the film is going to be a little weird/eerie this music continues thought the whole film The Matrix is about a computer hacker called Thomas A Anderson or ‘Neo’ in the real world, ‘Neo’ is the so called “One” who will fulfil the prophecy and unplug everyone from the matrix; the matrix is a computer generated world which prevents the people in the matrix from seeing the real world. The real world is controlled by machines; these machines are trying to destroy the last human city call ‘Zion’. In the matrix there are programs that are called agents sort of like the machines of the matrix. The agents or programs are programmed to stop the prophecy being fulfilled and stop everyone being unplugged from the matrix. The prophecy has been told by the physic “oracle” the oracle can tell the future in some aspects. When Neo goes to see the oracle she sadly tells him that he is not in fact the so called one, Neo doesn’t’ tell Trinity or Morpheus this as you can only keep the oracle’s secrete to your self. Nearer the end of the film Morpheus is take hostage by the agents Tank, Trinity and Neo are about to pull the plug on Morpheus separating this body and his mind so he is un able to live, but Neo remembers what the oracle had told him and decided to go in to the matrix to save Morpheus. The oracle told Neo he was not the on so he wound go back in to the matrix and save Morpheus .The agents are trying to find out the access codes to the Zion mainframe to send in the centinals to destroy Zion. Centinals are the basic killing machine build for one purpose search and destroy. The people plugged in to the matrix are completely unaware they are being used as power supply, fields after fields of people plugged in to the matrix, an unlimited supply of power. The matrix is a very clever film with lots of clever ways of making the viewer think time has stopped, even though it hasn’t. It’s a number of still cameras surgically placed than take a picture simultaneously then played each frame after another so it looks like the camera is panning across slowed down time. This technique is shown a number of times thought the film. Usually used inside the matrix. The matrix also has other technique of making the viewer keep watching the film, such as at the start of the film you see a cryptic code you zoom in on the letter O then a fade comes to a police mans torch chancing trinity in a building witch plays a big part in the film. The zoom in to the O also seems connected to when the nebercanezzer is flying thought the sewers of the earth. The matrix also shows a level of interest when in and out the matrix. The filters use on the camera change from where they are in the matrix a bluer colour is used on the other hand in the real world a deep green is used. This adds to the level of spookiness because in make the matrix more miseries.

Daniel Turner 10D

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The use of camera shots is important in this film the use of extreme close ups to show characters emotions and expressions. The use of frequent medium shots outside the matrix shows us that onboard the nebercanezzer there is not a lot of space. This is shown with many things in the film like mise-en-scen, colour, costume, music and camera angles. The use of choice in the matrix is surprising. The chose of when Morpheus tells Neo to pick a red or blue pill, the blue pill is a drug witch send him to sleep at he will bed up at home in his bed, the red pill is part of a trace program witch allows him to be traced in the matrix. When Neo picks the red pill he goes in to the room with switch and Apok in it he is told to sit in a chair when he does he sees the mirror melt he touches it and gently rubes it starts crawling up his arms and also his legs, by the time it gets to his mouth Morpheus is shouting at Apok and the phone to fire when he does Neo wakes up in the real world in a pod like thing he spits out a big tube witch feeds him oxygen a robot come up to him with its drills and saws coming to words Neo the bottom part on the robot I thrown out and it grabs Neo round the neck suddenly tubes start popping out of all his joints he falls down a tube in to a lake, a giant claw like thing grabs him and takes him up in to a light. A cut. You see an extreme close up of Morpheus saying welcome to the real world, a series of cuts witch show that time is passing by you see Neo laid down naked with needles everywhere in him he asks “why do my eyes hurt” Morpheus answers “because you never used them before” Morpheus looks at dowser and says “we’ve done it we’ve found him”. When Neo goes to see the oracle she says he will have to make a choice that choice could kill Zion. The choice is wither to go in the matrix and save Morpheus or stay out side and pull the plug. Also when Neo is talking to agent smith he says the problem is choice, wither to or wither not to. Cipher who betrays the crew of the nebercanezzer says “the matrix is more real then the real world”, when trinity says “that’s not true”, cipher replies by saying “the matrix can be more real then the real world because there you have to see Apok die and all I have to is pull the plug”. After that he says “if you have anything important to say to switch say it now,” “to late.” Next he goes to Neo and says “if he’s the one there’s gotta be some kind of a miracle to stop me pull this plug” when tank was injured by cipher earlier he never died unlike his brother dozer. When tank come out of nowhere and shoots cipher with the EMP (electro magnetic pulse) gun he quickly dies there for proving even more that Neo is the one. One part in the matrix when I was on the edge of my seat is near the start of the film when the agents are chancing trinity across the rooftops. The camera work there is magnificent it really fells as if you are running along with her bring chanced. The camera is panning to give the illusion you are looking at her while you are running. Then she dives though the window but as she is in mid air time freezes the technique of simultaneous cameras taking pictures at the same time, then playing them one after another so it looks like the camera is panning in frozen time. After she flies thought mid air and rolls down a stair case and points both guns up in the air to words the window she argues with herself to get up after she does it cuts to her running round a corner, a phone box ringing, a dust bin van come flying past her skids pointing at the

Daniel Turner 10D

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Mr Heald

phone box, she sees that there is a agent in the dist bin van, suddenly tire squeal she runs as fast as she can, picks up phone and puts her hand to the glass, while the dust bin van gets to full speed and blows a hole in the wall behind the phone box, then you here trinity’s voice saying “im out” and the screen fades. This make the viewer think ‘what’s happed here’ because she should have died when the dust bin van crashes into the phonebox. The matrix refers to Christianity in many aspects of the text for example the city of Zion is the promised city in the old testament, Neo is an anagram of the ONE. Also just like Jesus did neo died in one world to save them but then resurrected to save us all. The nebercanezzer is a prophet in the Old Testament. Neo is an anagram to the one and Neo is Latin for new. Judging by the complexity of the matrix im guessing most matrix lovers are waiting for the new Wachowski brother’s film, speed racer hitting the cinemas may 2008

Daniel Turner 10D

English Coursework

Mr Heald

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