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How does the opening sequence in The Matrix capture the attention of the audience?

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16/07/07 English media assignment How does the opening sequence in "The Matrix" capture the attention of the audience?" Every movie consists of an opening sequence in which the producer deliberately makes dramatic in order to ensure that the audience has successfully identified the character roles and genre in the film. In the same way, the Matrix is a movie which displays a sci-fi, mystery and crime drama genre. The producer purposely ensures the movie consists of these conventions in order to make it exciting, resulting in the developing of tension throughout. The term "Matrix" defines permanent computer dream, which shows a fantasy throughout the movie, in which both the viewers and characters are captured in Greek religion. The Matrix borrows its imagery from this due to the various names given to the characters in the movie. For example, Trinity, a character whose name represents father, son and Holy Ghost in Christianity as the three parts of God. The name Morpheus comes from the God of dreams in Greek religion. Morpheus displays the interpretation of his name, as this is conveyed when Morpheus takes Neo into a dream, presenting him with two pills to make his lifelong decision. Likewise, the Oracle interprets someone who has the ability to tell the future in Greek mythology. ...read more.

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The fourth frame is a soundtrack dialogue as a conversation between the lieutenant and Agents "I think we can handle one little girl", he says this as he gestures towards the building, which brings in the use of a crescendo, a jump cut between the outside and the inside. The Agents word before this is clear and firm, "The orders were sent for your own protection"... and appear to be expressionless with the dark colours from the police lights suggesting a cold, threatening atmosphere and a sense of foreboding. The fifth frame shows the lieutenant looking over his shoulder in a confused way with a surprised and almost doubtful look on his face about his unit's safety now. The shot shown is medium close up and the soundtrack is diegetic, with the aural clue of us suspecting police to be around as a result of car radios and police walkie talkies. The sixth frame is an Agent wearing a communication wire to show him as an FBI agent. However, this may also show his communication to the Matrix, which is obtained through the use of phones. The Agent is looking towards the hotel building sign which is out of focus. It is focused on the foreground, with his finger pointing to the building, an indication of his direction. ...read more.

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Similarly enough the character in the film named Cypher is shown to portray vice versa. He is shown as part of the Matrix at first, so the audience understand him to be on the good side. They are again mistaken as Cypher is shown to be on the agents' side later in the movie and kills Morpheus' people while they are in the matrix. He also attempts to finish Tank off but fails, which brings triumph to the audience of the characters when this is shown. Therefore the techniques of changing the genre every so often creates mystery and suspense of the movie but at the same time urges the audience to continue watching as though they are in wait of the arrival of yet another convention. The opening sequence establishes the characters and engages the audience' attention as it introduces the role of each individual character through a range of differing film genres and actions to portray this. As a result, the audiences' attention will have been captured because it will build a sense of anticipation, leaving the audience almost hanging onto the storyline, in assumption that there are more twists to the story with the changing of the genre to come. The audience then believe that perhaps the role of each character will change again, to introduce a new personality in the movie, the main reason for viewers' engagement in the film. ...read more.

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