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The Dream Machine --- The Imagination of the World Wide Web
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Keanu Reeves stars as Neo, a computer genius who spends much of his time committing computer crimes. When he is sucked into a massive save-the-world type operation, he soon learns that there is more to things than he realizes. The world he has always known is a phony system of very realistic computer programming; in the real world, machines use humans as "batteries". That is, machines run the world, sucking up energy from human beings, who have fake "lives" fed into their brains.
Sound disconcerting? It is at first, but it gets better as the movie progresses. I also thought that some of the scenes were just screaming Alien rip-off. For example, in one scene, Reeve has an electronic bugging device inserted through his abdomen, and later pulled out; does that remind you of anything? Or how about when he hibernates in a huge nest of sticky looking, egg-like contraptions filled with slime?
Although the first hour was a slower than necessary, once the action got began The Matrix was an exciting movie. I loved the special effects in the elaborate action scenes. Reeves was terrific in his role and the other actors were excellent as well.
Come to think of it, The Matrix would have been even better if the crazy plot had been eliminated and the whole movie had been spent with everyone shooting at each other.