The Matrix screenplay
I saw this movie when I was just in school. Back then I walked away with just the cool futuristic action sequences in the movie and never quite understood the deeper layers behind the story. I am sure many did the same. The matrix screenplay shows how this story follows all the rules of storytelling structure perfectly. The matrix screenplay by the Wachowski brothers has strong roots in comic (storyboard) form of storytelling. Something I noticed about the form is it keeps the story de-cluttered by limiting the length of the scenes, which keeps the story fast paced, to the point and gives it a clear flow.
‘You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes’- Morpheus
Thomas Anderson, a computer programmer, is led to fight an underground war against powerful computers who have constructed his entire reality with a system called the Matrix.
Thomas A. Anderson is a man living two lives. By day he is an average computer
programmer and by night a hacker known as Neo. Neo has always questioned his reality, but the truth is far beyond his imagination. Neo finds himself targeted by the police when he is contacted by Morpheus, a legendary computer hacker branded a terrorist by the government. Morpheus awakens Neo to the real world, a ravaged wasteland where most of humanity have been captured by a race of machines that live off of the humans’ body heat and electro chemical energy. The machines have imprisoned their minds within an artificial reality known as the Matrix. As a rebel against the machines, Neo must return to the Matrix and confront the agents: super-powerful computer programs devoted to snuffing out Neo and the entire human rebellion.
Genre: Sci-fi/Action Director: The Wachowskis Writer: The Wachowskis
IMDB: Rating: 8.7 Rotten Tomatoes rating: 87% Metacritic rating: 73%
Audience rating : ★★★★☆ (4.7) Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
Budget: $63m Box office collection: $465.3m
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