The film I have chosen to talk about is The Matrix. This film was released in 1999 starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, and Carrie-Anne Moss. The Matrix was both written and directed by Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski. This film is presented in chronological order, as the events occur one after another versus jumping from different time periods as in a non-linear film. In order for the plot to make sense, a chronological order of events is imperative to this particular film. The plot is already quite complex therefore a non-linear approach would likely confuse the audience. Although the past is brought up in order to feed the plot, it would not have been a smart choice to put too much emphasis on the past or future, the events of the present time in the film are more than enough to understand the plot. Personally I had to watch the film a second time to fully comprehend it, so if it wasn’t presented in chronological order I wonder if I would have been able to fully comprehend the plot at all.
The Matrix engages the audience with the use of Universal Truth and finishes with conflict. The main character Neo (Reeves) is presented at the beginning of the movie as a regular guy, someone that most people can relate to. When Morpheus (Fishburne) initially meets with Neo he compares the experience at hand to that of Alice in the classic story of Alice in Wonderland. This is an excellent way for the audience to empathize with Neo, because most people are familiar with the story of Alice in Wonderland. This film makes excellent use of foreshadowing beginning with the opening scene when Trinity (Moss) is heard speaking to another character about Morpheus and “The One” as a computer screen is shown to the audience.
While it does not make much sense at first, as the plot progresses it becomes clear what she was talking about. The film ends with a conflict between the humans and the machines, and once again the Universal Truth factor is at play. This films plot is one that almost anyone can relate to, because it focuses on all humans, not just a specific race or gender.
The Matrix Opening Scene HD. (2012, May 1). Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIXNpePYzZU&feature=kp
The Matrix (1999) – IMDb. (2014). Retrieved from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0133093/