A lot has been shooting around lately about the Matrix and the sequels, whether they be good, bad, terrible etc. Not going to go into that, but it brought it into the forefront of my mind(a very empty space normally) when I was reading a post on Phil's blog about structure, and Maryann asked a very pertinent question regarding spirtual reality.
I was thinking about this, and related it to the Matrix as it has a number of "rules" that you must accept to enjoy this movie, and I realised something (you guys and girls must have realised this as well, but I am just catching up, so bear with me) I don't know if it was intentional, but when the movie was establishing the rules, ie Trinity's scene at the beginning was one part of this, and then the training section was another, I just realised that not only did these scenes establish the groundwork for us to believe in this set of rules, (well for now I will say my, don't want to drag all you guys and girls into it unless it also applies) but my sense of anticipation was also heightened, because i am watching all of this and thinking, if these guys can accomplish these feats, with the standard set of rules, and Neo is the chosen one, the super-special one, what the hell can he do? Hell I NEED to see this! That was what really hooked me, I can see it clearer now, even though I saw it a long time ago.
So with the boring rule setting, exposition, whatever you want to call it, they turned that into a way of increasing the anticipation. Nicely done.
PS Try the veal.