Specifically, the film borrows from the cyberpunk or industrial styles/subcultures of the 1990s - the PVC/leather outfits, the abundance of black clothing and “edgy” accessories, the trench coats, the black glasses. This style (demonstrated best at 0:09:44 during the club scene, where a remix of Rob Zombie’s “Dragula” plays) permeates the entire film, contrasting with the bland, conservative outfits of the agents and the people in the simulations (0:56:33-0:57:45). It is meant to create a distinguishable division between the protagonists and the antagonists - to quote Morpheus’ statement to Neo: “If you are not one of us, you are one of them.” The good guys just so happen to be more rugged and alternative-looking than the bad guys. Adorno and Horkheimer classify style in the culture industry as “the aesthetic equivalent of domination” (1245). Because of the distinctive style of The Matrix, it has become one of the most recognizable and popular films of our time, becoming a part of mainstream culture and having fashion trends, relevant even now, capitalize on its success.
A few common themes shared between both of these works is the idea of freedom and control. In the Matrix, freedom is portrayed as the real world, Zion. The Matrix is a world that is controlled by the machines which Neo soon realises and wishes to escape. Although Zion is overrun by machines, Neo still wishes to dwell within Zion rather than have machines controlling his life and his memories unlike Cypher who believes that
In The Matrix, a science fiction film based in a post-apocalyptic world after a Terminator Scenario (Where machines attack humans) aligned event, the birth of a hero is shown. Nothing is what it seems in the Matrix, as it stands only as a device to distract people from realizing their cattle like existence, which is in essence an illustration of the ideology of Karl Marx, where reality and the way of life in the Matrix is maintained, oppressed, discovered, and eventually explained. There are various contrasts of simulated versus reality in the film, which make up two levels, which are used in a straightforward way to create a binary opposition by which they can be compared and contrasted. The powerful symbolism used in the movie portrays the
The movie Gladiator is rich in sound impacts, music and talked voice. In movies, for example, Gladiator that portray an exemplary work or time occasion, for the most part request that the characters adjust to the local vernacular so as to precisely reproduce the world it is attempting to depict with little changes or manipulations. The music in Gladiator sets the temperament and soul of the film all through the scenes. Music fills numerous needs; it can be utilized as hinting or to give humorous differentiations. It additionally can be utilized as a portrayal.
The use of cliches in The Matrix is plentiful. It’s essentially the story of a messed up world/society whose fate is in the hands of a motley crew of rebels, specifically counting on one person (normally a man) to lead and save them all. The man, initially skeptical of his abilities to lead and carry such a burden on his shoulders, eventually succeeds, saving the day and getting the girl; because the (in this case, awkward) romance subplot is vital to the formula, however unnecessary it may be to the story as a whole. Is it even really a male-lead action movie if there isn’t a blatant display of the protagonist’s hetereosexuality?
Another factor which impacts the theme and meaning is sound. Non-diegetic sound cannot be heard by the characters but is designed for audience reaction only. An example might be ominous music for foreshadowing. Diegetic sound is sound that could logically be heard by the characters in the film. These play a role in a relationship with visual elements as fights scenes would play faster, harsher background music in sync with the actions being shown, and emotional, intimate scenes would play soft, classical or delicate background music to bring out the emotions in the actors and the audience.
Regardless of my views on the outcome of this film, its content also has a lot of storytelling within its deep subject matter. Films today usually forego character development and story progression as improvement in technology and visual effects would be the only effective instrument in catching the eye of the audiences. It is rare nowadays that films would tell great epic stories, without the extensive use of visuals. Therefore my full praise can only go to the innovative technical aspect of the film balanced well with concise story
The Matrix is a critic-renowned science fiction film directed by The Wachowski Brothers that delves into a dystopian future in which humans have been enslaved by machines to be used as a power source while their minds are trapped within a virtual reality – the matrix. The film follows the awakening of the protagonist Thomas Anderson, also known as his hacker alias Neo, from the matrix. The crew of the Nebuchadnezzar, a resistance group made up of some of the last ‘free’ humans, procure Neo from the matrix with the implication that he is the ‘one’ that has been prophesized to save humankind by freeing them en masse from the matrix. The film follows Neo’s path to fulfilling the prophecy and achieving enlightenment to ultimately transcend the
The Matrix was one of my most favorite movies when I was a kid, mainly because of the actions and explosions involved in it. Moreover, the film has been one of the greatest science fiction films of all time. But the movie isn’t all about action scenes and explosions, it does have meaning to it. The main plot was about learning about the truth of the Matrix. The main protagonist, Neo, believed that something isn’t right with the world.