Movie Review

The Matrix

MPAA Rating: R for sci-fi violence

Reviewed by: Jason Murphy
CONTRIBUTOR

Very Offensive
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Mature Teen to Adult
Genre:
Action/Sci-Fi
Length:
2 hr. 15 min.
R

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Hugo Weaving, Belinda Mcclory, Julian Arahanga, Marcus Chong, Robert Taylor, Matt Doran, Paul Goddard | Director: Andy and Larry Wachowski | Released by: Warner Bros.

“Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.”

Scene from The Matrix

If I had to sum up my feelings about this film in a short phrase, this line from the trailer probably comes closest. “The Matrix” is a terrific film, one of the rare ones that successfully mixes intelligent concepts with jaw-dropping action and effects. Thomas “Neo” Anderson (Keanu Reeves) is a software designer cum hacker who is plagued by disturbing occurrences that are hard for him to merely pass off as mere nightmares. In search for an answer to his questions, he encounters the mysterious “Morpheus” (Laurence Fishburne) and his band of rebels who try to convince Neo that the world as he knows it is little more than an elaborate computer simulation, and that Neo is “the One”—a liberator prophesied to free humanity from its bondage to a malevolent AI.

From a creative standpoint, “The Matrix” is absolutely stunning. It is easily the most stylish movie I have seen in ages (“Dark City,” “Face/Off,” and “Blade” included). Despite drawing from such eclectic sources as “Alice in Wonderland,” the Bible, Hong Kong action cinema, and all manners of science-fiction, noire, and westerns, the film still feels amazingly fresh. The darkly stunning visuals, terrific sound design and music all add tremendously. The performances are great, and even Keanu Reeves did a fine job, though granted, his role isn’t a tremendously challenging one. If the movie fails anywhere, it is in some of the dialogue, which is occasionally cheesy, and lapses into Buddhist psycho-babble sometimes. That said, I found much of the screenplay to be very intelligent, with touches of profound truth and dry humor mixed into it.

From a Christian perspective, “The Matrix” is a mixed bag. The basic story is one of a Messiah come to save an enslaved humanity. However, worked in among this story is a touch of Eastern religion, a fair amount of profanity (including using Christ’s name), and a heavy dose of violence. While I felt the violence was not necessarily gratuitous, be warned: it is occasionally very graphic, and parents would do well to note that this is NOT for the younger teen audience. Some might find the film’s premise of a “fake reality” somehow offensive, but in my opinion, it is an intriguing idea, maybe a warning to our increasingly on-line culture, but not anti-Christian in any way. In short, I would highly recommend this film to those not likely to be offended by the language and violence. It is a piece of terrific film-making; one of the most exhilarating and interesting blockbusters I have seen. I can’t really say more… “You have to see it for yourself.”

Year of Release—1999

See reviews of the other films in this series: The Matrix: Reloaded / The Matrix: Revolutions

Viewer Comments
I liked the review of “The Matrix.” It was thoughtful. It managed to be appropriately wary without being fearful. It did miss some really valuable strengths, though. The first is that the film dramatizes the difference between the life we may think we are living and the life we are really living. That point is all over the New Testament, but it is easy to stop listening to it when we hear it so much. That view is not easy to miss in Matrix. The second is bad news for liberals. The Matrix provides a place for reformers and misfits. You can do all the reforming you want—Neo was a subversive hacker by night, you recall—without doing the Matrix any harm. All the time he thought he was challenging the system, he was still being used as a “battery” to power that system. The third is that even the Matrix, even the “Prince of the Power of the Air” can’t make you stop wondering what it is all about; nor can it make you stop following up your doubts with actions. The cautions the reviewer gave—the goo-goo messianism, for instance—are important and need to be borne in mind. But there is a great deal of value here for Christians who know how to see this film.
—Dale E. Hess
…The film is a parallel Christian analogy in the extreme. Every time I see it (and the other two movies in the trilogy) I “get” something new. …I give this movie only an “offensive” rating, because I don’t find the violence in it to be offensive! There are many sorts of violence. “Kill Bill vol. 1” contains extremely offensive violence, not because of the level of violence, but because of the way it’s *portrayed*. This is a wonderful film! A must-see! My Ratings: [Offensive/5]
—Will Hudson, age 16
Christian symbology or metaphors present:
  • the new birth experience (being unplugged)
  • the either you are for me or against me principle
  • the struggle of becoming who we are divinely called to be (a story in itself)
  • the message of the death and resurrection of the Son of God
  • the message of Christ coming back from the dead for his bride
  • the message of laying down your life for your brother
  • the message of the beast system enslaving mankind using it for nothing more = than energy to fuel itself at the expense of humanity
  • the message of freeing your mind (Gal 5:1)
  • the message of love is stronger than death
  • the message that God, the Supreme One is beyond all of the little skirmishes of religions and the resurrected Son of God will set it all straight
  • the message that the Son could not touch the bride until he had ascended to the Father
  • the message of the one remaining city for celebration—Zion, of all places
  • the realization that faith transcends the barriers of our physical dimension reality
  • the message of spiritual warfare in dodging and eventually stopping and overcoming the bullets of the enemy as we reach that level of maturity…
…The Christian message is so heavily represented. The whole creation travails and moans waiting for the liberation of the sons of God that it too might share in that liberation from the bondage of decay. The call of liberty is extraordinarily moving.
—Terry LeRoy Crable
This movie is so chock full of obvious Christian symbolism you could choke on it:
  • …the biblical names like the heroine, Trinity, who loves our messiah back to life
  • I could write about the John the Baptist
  • …The Peter figure, Morpheus, who looks for/believes-in the messiah
  • …the very obvious Judas figure, Cypher, who didn’t want to take the risk of believing that Neo was “the one” and so he sold out to the agents (the religious leaders, the keepers of the rules) because he thought that simulated reality might be just as good.
  • …the messiah figure, Neo, and how he had to be incarnate in the matrix, how he was chosen, how he supposedly laid down his life, and how he came back to life to triumph.
  • But these and other allusions (Zion, Babylon, and others) seems obvious, and there are some ones that are far more interesting to me.
In talking to other Christians about the movie and reading reviews from particularly Christian sources, I was totally amazed at the range of responses. The majority of them were enthusiastic about it, even enough to call it “A parable of the Gospel in modern-day language” (God have mercy). Those that critiqued it tended to be concerned mainly with the violence and what they termed the “Eastern mumbo-jumbo.”

While I think it is possible to glean some good from this movie, particularly the basic message that the majority of us are blind to the fact that we are slaves to the world-system and in need of liberation to the truth, I am far more critical of some subtler messages. Disharmony with the gospel/icons.

The first concern I have is the means of salvation that is offered. While everyone is babbling about the obvious messiah images in the movie, nobody seems to have anything to say about what exactly the “good news” is that’s offered. Jesus taught that the way of salvation was offered through recognizing our sin and weakness, and turning from it to God—trusting him to forgive and strengthen us. There is no work, even faith which is a gift, that can save us. It was his own humble weakness and self-sacrifice, his love showing and providing the way, that brought salvation—even conquering our sin and death. However, this is not the way that Neo images to the audience.
—Leif H.
A Neo-Gnostic dream… The first glaring problem I see with the movie is it’s implicit message that knowledge is one of the two great keys to power. Not only that, but their perception of knowledge is merely information that can be easily downloaded into one’s brain; then skills and powers manifest—pretty much. It’s the second big key, if would simply believe in ourselves, or even just use our mental faculty to believe contrary to what the rules are presented to us, that insures we could overcome these rules. Now granted in the case of a simulated world, this has some validity. It could even be an interesting point to explore the concept that humans have a capacity for spontaneous imaginative creativity (free-will? Grace?) that machines and those within the matrix (rules/the law?) can never have. However, the message is clearly Gnostic in it’s origins. It could even be argued to be the same message that Satan tempted us with so long ago, to become our own gods—to create our own reality, make our own rules. And that, I would argue, though not explicit, is what the audience will go away remembering most. Even the last words of the movie say something to the effect that we can change the world to make it whatever we want. This might appeal to members of the extreme form of the faith movement flavor of Christianity, but I believe it is flatly contrary to the gospel of grace. Much more could be said on this, but I am already way over my limit.
—Leif H.
A Techno-Warfare Passion Narrative… The last issue, one which I have already strongly hinted at, is that Neo’s messianic climax is not done with weakness, but with human power. Our messiah didn’t ask for “Guns. Lots of Guns” to work salvation, he remained silent (even before the powerful agents of this world) and relied on the greater power of love. The Matrix obviously promotes the same human strength that got the world into the very trouble it is trying to resolve—Violence. There is an entire smorgasbord martial arts, guns, new technologies, and verbal abuse offered to incite the audience’s lusts. It all climaxes in the final “self-sacrificial” scene in which Neo and Trinity dress up and arm themselves in the same manner as the two high school kids who just massacred fifteen of their classmates in Colorado. I can’t help but wonder if these kids were influences by these “cool” idols of theirs. In short, can barely see any room for humility, weakness, nor a love for enemies in the philosophy given in this movie. But that is not surprising for the gospel is foolishness to Greeks. In conclusion, I am sure one can find redeeming qualities in this movie and we should always look for these, yet I hope that Christians don’t jump for joy simply because their favorite symbols and imagery seem to surface in a movie. Deeper analysis, particularly the question “What will viewers probably remember the most from this movie?,” is vital if we are to dialogue with others about the true gospel.
—Leif H.
Believers definitely need to be wary with this movie, because it does not portray a Christian worldview, although it has Christian themes. I would say to watch it if you can, because it shows where we are “at”, and what people in America BELIEVE in. It is easily one of the finest films that I have ever seen, but its philosophical implications are staggering. While it does use Christian elements to tell a very fulfilling story that explains many facets of “reality”, it does just USE them while mixing in a very large dose of Eastern philosophy. And this should not be taken lightly, because someone who does not know the TRUTH could easily be influenced by its implications of transcending good and evil through your OWN efforts. We must keep in mind that on the negative side, it dulls one to the satanic lies of reincarnation, psychic phenomena, and ultimately the relevancy of moral choices if all is just an illusion, the end justify the means, etc. All in all, I’d say that it is a finely crafted piece of New Age propaganda, and I do not use that term lightly. It may make people think, but they’re not going to get saved through it folks. We have better story to tell than this, and without all the baggage. As an East meets West techno-thiller that packs a serious punch it that CAN be used for good by discerning believers, if you are willing to take the good with the bad.
—Marian Ribal Koster, age 20
I must agree that this is a movie for mature teens and adults. Being a homeschool mom I am always looking for “life learning”—ways to educate my children from the world around them. While at first glance, this may not seem to be one of those things, I now feel that it is. Are not we as Christians much like those in the movie? I propose that Christians are the Neo’s and Trinity’s of our world. We know that the world we live in and see is not the reality that is important, but that we must always compare everything in the light of eternity. Most people with whom we talk will refuse to believe that there is anything other than the physical world (all the extras believing the simulation). We also battle daily with the unseen spiritual forces of darkness intent on keeping all those people in the dark (the agents). This movie can be a wake-up call to those of us who temporarily get caught up in the affairs of life and let the important things slide away from our attention.
—Lea Miller, age 32
I think the reviewer is spot on with his analysis of the movie. “The Matrix” combines excellent special effects, cinematography, and story line. I won’t bore you by repeating what the reviewer said, but there were two noteworthy things I saw in the movie. Mixed in with all the Eastern mumbo-jumbo, was a striking scene. It showed humans being “grown” in a field. Thousands of embryos in little artificial wombs. I would challenge anyone to watch that scene and then tell me that those embryos were not little human lives. I thought the contrast between what that scene showed and what Hollywood usually stands for was quite striking, and could easily lead to some wonderful conversation with pro-“choice” advocates. There are also a “prophet” and the aforementioned Easterism in the movie. These aspects of the film again bring up a paradox to me. If there is no God, how can there be a predictable future? What is spirituality without spirits? The hypocrisy and paradoxical nature of “modern” thought is so obvious, and yet the people espousing it think they are the great intellectuals and Christians are benighted dimwits. Is that redundant? If you like action AND thought in a movie go see “The Matrix.
—Thomas Quinlen, age 25
Great special effects, a pretty intelligent and interesting story and even a few pseudo-Christian elements thrown in. Had the bad language and graphic violence been cut, this could have been a PG-13 with still as interesting a story. Good entertainment, but definitely deserves its R rating.
—Kevin, age 28
Last night I broke a rule I had made for myself to not see another “R” rated movie. Five or seven years ago I had to explain to my then seven year old nephew why I could not take him to an “R” rated movie, at that time I made the choice to try and not see another movie that I could not take anyone else with me to see also. While as other individuals have said, there was not SEX, but there was graphic violence, and the taking of the Lords name in vain. Does not God say “If you commit one sin you commit them all.”? Would it not also be true that if we tolerate ONE sin, would we not find some justification to tolerate another and another until we are so blind there is nothing we find unexcitable. Are we not called: “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit”? I am not judging anyone for going. It is not for me to judge any heart but my own. However, I regret having seen the movie regardless of how well it was done, and can only ask God’s forgiveness, and strength in the future to better walk in the light of the Lord Christ Jesus.
—Floyd Kramer Jr., age 41
This is by far the best sci-fi movie I have seen in a long time. Definitely one of my top 10 favorite movies! The acting was great, sfx were awesome and the story was very thought-provoking. I can’t wait to see it again!
—Rachel, age 16
After reading the reviews and comments of other viewers, I am left with little to say other than I agree. My husband and I reluctantly went to see this movie at the recommendation of several friends (both Christian and Non-Christian). This movie was one of the most thought-provoking movies we have seen in a very long time. I agree with the comment above that this movie is an excellent springboard for discussion on the similarities between the movie and real life. My husband and I both enjoyed this movie.
—Susan Parker, age 27
This is beautifully crafted cinema: visually stunning, aurally numbing, and thoughtfully stimulating. American movies are too often nothing but pyrotechnic displays of fast violence and loud music, leaving much to be desired in the narrative. Not so with The Matrix. Drawing largely from Christian symbolism and theology, the filmmakers have crafted a tale which tickles the mind as well as the senses. For Christian viewers: if you want an interesting perspective on the relation of the Torah to the New Testament church and a sophisticated view of “freedom in Christ,” watch this movie. Though some have perceived certain aspects of the story to identify more closely with Buddhism than Christianity, I would challenge Christian viewers to explore the implications of mysticism in relation to biblical faith. The Matrix is a wonderful illustration of East meeting West.
—Peter J. Wall, age 20
I watched the Matrix after reading the reviews here and I have to say that at first I was excited, while watching it, at the biblical imagery but as the movie progressed I found myself praying for Jesus' protection and His wisdom and discernment. What had started out as a picture that was drawing me in as I let down my defenses became extremely new age and eastern religion like. It turned completely anti-Christian. I think the film was very deliberate in its message including the woman in the kitchen being a “gatekeeper” (a term used in spiritualism and other occult things) as well as the bending of spoons with the mind. I would urge those who gave glowing reports to possibly see it again and pray for God’s discernment and I would urge those who have not seen it to stay away and to especially keep your teenagers away (at whom the movie is definitely targeting).
—Libby, age 37
A lot of comments have already been posted, but not enough about the graphic and disturbing scenes in this movie. I agree with the reviewer and most viewers that The Matrix is fabulous sci-fi. It’s been years since such an original and well acted sci-fi film has been produced. However, be forewarned as the reviewer points out that graphic visuals (especially in the first ½ hour or so) are strong R rated material. If you’re screening gore—avoid these scenes. I hope this level of graphic visuals does not become the new standard. If it does, I’ll guess I’ll have even more films to screen out. The theme in The Matrix was captivating, but as much new age stuff enters the script as prochristian ideas. Overall, I thought The Matrix has enough solid morals and fascination attached to it to be well recommended for viewing, if you’re willing to endure the graphic and violent scenes.
—Todd Adams, age 31
I will see this one again and again. I thought it was very mild for an R rated movie, especially after cringing through the language in “Speed”, another K Reeves flick. The swear words didn’t seem to much worse than a PG-13 movie, and the violence only seemed excessive in one scene. Excellent plot/story and the acting wasn’t bad at all. I found it very interesting. Go see it if you love sci-fi!
—Megan, age 19
I really enjoyed the movie, I thought the whole premise of a world that was living in a lie and missing out on the real part of being human was amazing. I can think of few movies that would make a better start for a young adults discussion group on the topic of the possibility of a more real world than that which we see every day (ie/ the spiritual world). It would even make a great outreach event as long as the discussion leader was prepared. When I first saw it I didn’t see the messianic parallel as clearly as many of the people who have commented so far, I guess because Neo was too flawed to remind me of Jesus. As I was watching what really stood out to me was a man’s search for and discovery of truth and his empowerment when he found that truth. I was especially blown away by morpheus' speech about how everyone was born into bondage and slavery and again about when he was talking about how the answer/freedom was looking for you. This seems to me to closely parallel how we could never have found Jesus (the Truth/Answer/and True Freedom) if He hadn’t first reached out to us, at the same time the necessity of choice to receive the truth and the consequences it would have on your life was very clearly portrayed in the pill scene. That said the scene in which they were growing and harvesting baby’s disturbed me a little bit (although I will agree that the fetuses were definitely portrayed as human not sub-human) and I would suggest that the movie isn’t appropriate for younger viewers.
—Matthew Smith, age 21
I agree with Murphy’s comments. It was very obvious that it was a “Messiah” story-line. Terms in the story were used such as: Nebuchadnezzer, (the ship’s name) Trinity, (character name) and Zion. (The destination of safety for the “good guys.” Even the characters played after some Biblical people. I forget the character’s name, but he betrayed Neo, representing Judas. Morpheus, who was the only one who really knew and believed that Neo was “the one” represented Peter, in my opinion. There were even characters that I felt represented the gentiles. (The guy who told Neo that he was not like the others, but did believe in Neo being able to help them. I did like the story; however, they could have done without using God’s name in vein. I guess I’m partial to only one Messiah… the true one. Just an opinion.
—Jennifer M. Murphy, age 30
This movie has probably the best special effects I’ve seen, as well as some amazing camera work. The plot is even more interesting. There are so many Biblical elements—surprising, considering Hollywood as the source. It’s especially interesting how the Judas figure chose to live in “blissful ignorance,” not caring about “Zion”. How true of today’s society!
—Zac, age 17
A parable of the Gospel in modern-day language. COOL!! As for the language, well, we can give the world the grace to be the world. As for the violence, just think of Joshua and the Israelites and of King David and his mighty men. And did anyone notice the cut into evolution when the agent mentioned the discovery that humans were not mammals? (Heh! Heh!)
—Deanna Marquart, age 29
…There are heaps of Messianic-like symbology in this movie. Trinity (think of the Christian Godhead) is the lead female played by Carrie-Anne Ross. She brings Neo back to life with her love, portrayed in a kiss. After Neo dies lying down laying down his life for a friend, of course! There is Cyphus, who Judas like betrays his friends and mankind to the Machines for a life of opulence and luxury. The city of the rebel humans is called Zion, and I couldn’t help but think of the salvation won by Christ on Zion, God’s holy hill. It becomes clear in the movie that if Zion falls, so too does the hope of mankind. …I found the movie a great opportunity to consider the transcendence of knowing God through Jesus Christ. What a reality! God has spoken into our world through Jesus, although like this artificial world of the Matrix, few have listened…
—Howard Petts, age 25
I thought the movie was a remarkable one. I watched it with excitement, not only because of the great action and visual effects, but mainly because of the way it provokes thought. This movie challenges the viewer to re-think notions of truth and reality. Christians shouldn’t be scared to think… we should welcome it! Plus, this movie has a lot of Christian/Biblical/Christ imagery that is intriguing to process. For example, Neo as the Christ figure, Morpheus as a John the Baptist figure who confesses that he is not the one but that there is one greater than him, Trinity (another name for God) having to resurrect Neo from the dead with her love, the Cypher/Judas parallel, the group of followers who proclaim that Neo is the one. It goes on and on… Like the saying goes, “You have to see it for yourself” to know what I’m talking about. Also, to those that insist on counting the number of times a bad word is uttered during a movie… Christian film criticism shouldn’t be about that. Let’s look deeper into things!…
—Richard Kong, age 23
My favorite movie of all time is Tron. It was a moody, involving, immersive sci-fi classic involving technology. Well, The Matrix isn’t quite that great but it is definitely one of my all time favorite movies and a 10 out of 10. It is so believable and unpredictable! A breath of fresh air from the one-dimensional Armageddon slop. I loved the acting, special effects and the kung fu. This movie had the crowd cheering This is a very inoffensive R with very few profanities and no sex or nudity. This movie’s sets are what really fuel it and its cool cinematography is Oscar-worthy. When we return to the real world, you start looking at it like they do. Highly recommended. The Phantom Menace will have to work really hard to outdo this.
— Zack, age 17
OK… the movie was amazing, but in this light. When the effects are convincing, the story is more easily told. Everyone has already covered that part, but consider this prospective. If one sees the similarities in the movie with explaining the many truths associated with humans living in a world that will give way to a spiritually restored, demon-free, natural-laws-changed earth, the movie becomes a tool in your hand. If you’ve tried to minister the truth to a number of folks, the one that sees and enjoys this film will could be provoked to action. How? Like the “resisters” in the film, we can challenge the unsaved to respond to a call of faith and courage, to address the reality of the natural world being pulled over the eyes of the wandering sheep who need to pull out of this world so to speak, and be anointed to re-enter with Spiritual power and authority to set others free.

That’s just one aspect of what can be gleaned in an analogy to help our blinded friends understand the gravity of the call to Christ and the Kingdom of God. A real call to battle our very real “agents” who believe they are invincible. The movie is like a graphic illustration of biblical spiritual truths and dynamics. remember the words of the Lord Jesus, whosoever will loose his life will save it? If we can get past the profanity and hear the silent cry of Hollywood and the supports of film, we can use their own tools, this one in particular and reach them.
—J Rogers, age 46
An entertaining, thoughtful treatment on the nature of reality and truth. I suggest talking with your teens about how the hero of the film draws his strength from walking in the “truth,” while evil is personified by one who would choose to live a lie though he knows the truth and by those who would stop at nothing to blind humanity from the truth. An excellent starting point for a discussion of faith, spirituality and the Christian walk.
—David Webb, age 39
I too agree with Jason Murphy about the movie “The Matrix.” I very much enjoyed the concept of a virtual reality world. I would recommend the show for adults who enjoy action packed science fiction. I wish the profanity had been removed from the show, but I was impressed with the fact that sex and gore where not part of the entertainment. Like Jason, the matrix also reminded me of a combination of other science fiction movies. This movie is sort of a science fantasy melody with a large dose of macho and special effects. Although it’s not a classic, it does present a sort of future shock perspective of man verses computers. “The Matrix” is a movie I wouldn’t mind seeing twice.
—Christopher Friday, age 42
The reviews I read are indeed correct about the effects and different aspects of film making. But shouldn’t a movie that promotes violence and cuss words be offensive to Christian beliefs? I saw the movie and was satisfied by the overall making of it, but wouldn’t it be compromising to watch movies like that—and enjoy it—then going out into the world and saying we tolerate stuff like that?
—Peter Lee, age 16
As long as you don’t mind the moderate profanity and blasphemy it was good. Below is the word count for those who care. At least 18 “s” words, 7 hells, 4 a**es (1 used with “hole”), and 8 uses of “G-damn,” 3 of “Jesus,” 2 each of “Jesus Christ” and “God” and 1 use each of “Good God,” “Oh my God” and “Oh God” as exclamations. Those of you with a tender spirit may not enjoy, but I dare say most Christians will.
—J. Peterson, age 26
…This movie contains no sex, or nudity, but does contain several cuss words. The Lords name is taken in vane at least five times, and the s-word is used at least seven times. Their is no f-word though. Another downside to this movie is that evolution is promoted big time. Other than what is listed above, this movie was great, if you can get pass the language. It is definitely worth paying six dollars to see this movie.
—James Nation
I basically agree with the reviewer, this is a well made, visually stunning, imaginative movie. Apart from the philosophy, I didn’t find it an offensive movie. There’s nothing sexually offensive and the swearing was pretty minimal for an R movie. It was violent, but good guys killing bad guys has never bothered me much. The “matrix” is based on a premise I remember being kicked around by high school lunch time philosophers: “what if the whole world’s a fake and we’re just pawns in somebody else’s game?” As the Matrix flushes this idea out, it has both positives and negatives from a Christian perspective. On the plus side, it really is true that there is a hidden larger reality, beyond what we can see, and it’s imperative that people transcend what they can see and feel to get in touch with it. Also, one could draw a messianic parallel with neo who is the prophesied “one” to save humanity and at one point in the movie is willing to sacrifice his life to do it.

On the down side, the message of the movie is that humanity has to defeat the larger powers of reality so we can be free to make our own destiny. As Neo says at one point, he didn’t believe in fate because he didn’t like the idea of not being in total control of his life. The movie has a dark vision of the world which is basically a very unChrisitian one. It is a pretty well developed concept, though my friend pointed out that it would make a lot more sense for the machines to use cows since they have a lot more energy per creature and they would never rebel (you’ll know what I’m talking about if you see the movie).
—Jonathan Stephenson, age 28
Really good action movie. Was surprised to see all the spiritual implications in the film. Subjects like being born in a certain state, faith, accepting your calling, The city of Zion and Trinity. The special effects were amazing as well. If you can get past some of the violence and language, this will be a great movie to see.
—John T, age 33
…In my opinion the movie was wonderful. Awesome special effects with a computer sci-fi edge worked together to create an amazing theatrical performance. There were a few moments when the movie seemed to be moving at a slower pace, but these parts did help to clarify exactly what was going on. I consider The Matrix to be a science-fiction movie with graphics, just like the others before it, however, this sci-fi actually has a decent plot with a new idea.
—Misty Cole, age 22