The Matrix: Keanu Reeves is often criticized for his performance, but as I previously stated he was intentionally an empty shell and gave a solid performance for his role. Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity played one of the coolest female roles in a film. As I said before, Hugo Weaving was awesome as Agent Smith and Laurence Fishbourne was good as well. Sure, none of the actors gave Oscar worthy performances, but they played their roles well.
Inception: Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance should have won him the Oscar for Best Picture. Ellen Paige was fantastic as the likeable Ariadne. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s performance made me a JGL fan; he is another likeable actor with that relatable “everyman” type personality. Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard, and Michael Cain were all amazing in their roles.
Verdict: Inception: There is no contest, Inception’s cast is one of the best of all-time and easily takes this category.
The Matrix: The Matrix is packed with philosophy and hidden meaning. The concept is very original and I have never seen anything like it before or since. Many of the ideas proposed in the film are far more relevant today than they were nearly 15 years ago, in this new age of technology and cyber warfare.
Inception: Not only is Inception highly complex and one of the most original plots I have ever seen, Nolan manages to mix a very personal story into the complex narrative.
Verdict: Inception: As much as I enjoyed The Matrix’s plot, Inception was more personal and complex.
The Matrix: Not only did The Matrix revolutionized special effects, it also popularized the famous “Bullet Time” effect and other slow-motion effects are now common in today’s cinema.
Inception: While The Matrix has much more time to be ingrained in culture, Inception’s popularity is growing and most people around the internet know about the ridiculously loud horn sounds in the trailer that is often parodied.
Verdict: The Matrix: Although Inception is growing in popularity, it will never reach the popular-culture heights of The Matrix, due to Inception narrower appeal.
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Hans Zimmer: Inception’s score is Zimmer’s second best, and on my Top 10 list of all-time soundtracks. It conveyed the disorientating feel of a dream and transported the audience into the film’s dream world.
Verdict: Hans Zimmer: While The Matrix’s soundtrack was good, it cannot beat Zimmer’s mind-bending score.
The Matrix: The Matrix is the ultimate tech-geek/cyber-punk film, filled with intense action scenes, and mind blowing special effects. As a tech-geek myself, I love The Matrix movie.
Inception: Thrilling, suspenseful, immensely complex, and action packed, Inception is completely unique and original, with fleshed out characters and various interpretations of what the film is actually about.
Verdict: Inception: After lengthy debate, I have decided Inception should take the victory. It is more original and it is a better film overall. However, it was an extremely close fought battle between two of my favorite films and if you like The Matrix better, I could not disagree.
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