The Matrix
Year:
1999
Country:
USA, Australia
Genre:
Thriller, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
IMDB rating:
8.7
Director:
Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
Keanu Reeves as Neo (segment "Kid's Story")
Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus
Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity (segments "Kid's Story" and "A Detective Story")
Hugo Weaving as Bane
Gloria Foster as The Oracle
Joe Pantoliano as Cypher
Marcus Chong as Tank
Matt Doran as Mouse
Belinda McClory as Switch
Paul Goddard as Agent Brown
Robert Taylor as Agent Jones
David Aston as Rhineheart
Storyline: Thomas A. Anderson is a man living two lives. By day he is an average computer programmer and by night a hacker known as Neo. Neo has always questioned his reality, but the truth is far beyond his imagination. Neo finds himself targeted by the police when he is contacted by Morpheus, a legendary computer hacker branded a terrorist by the government. Morpheus awakens Neo to the real world, a ravaged wasteland where most of humanity have been captured by a race of machines that live off of the humans' body heat and electrochemical energy and who imprison their minds within an artificial reality known as the Matrix. As a rebel against the machines, Neo must return to the Matrix and confront the agents: super-powerful computer programs devoted to snuffing out Neo and the entire human rebellion.
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Reviews
Really nice classic masterpiece, everyone should see it.
Really nice movie, and today it's a classic. I've seen it many times and can see it many times more. If you not seen this classic masterpiece, you really need to to do it. Good scenes, cool effects and really good actors. The scenes when bullets and everything going in slow motion is so freaking cool
2017-11-11
Knocks on the Door of Greatness
There is a connection to be made between The Wachowski sibling's stylishly heady Matrix Trilogy (1999-2003) and Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). Hear me out; the silly jokes and outlandish scenarios of Holy Grail has been repeated, referenced or emulated in multiple movies, television shows and among the viewing public for well over a generation. So much so that when I first watched Holy Grail in college I was not as amused as I should have been simply because everything looked and felt old hat to me.

The spirited youth of today probably get the same woebegone sense of déjà vu when sitting back to watch The Matrix (1999), a film so revolutionary for the sci-fi action genre that it's techniques have been repeated ad nauseam. Bullet time, view morphing, digital rain, all used and popularized by The Matrix. the effects were so revolutionary in-fact that they won the film four technical awards at the year 2000 Oscar ceremony beating out the likes of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) which believe it or not was the odds on favorite.

The story of Neo (Keanu Reeves) is a pretty straightforward hero's tale. An office drone of little importance discovers a group of rebel hackers who think he's their salvation against their enemy. Simple right? Their enemy…*spoilers*…is killer A.I. which has destroyed the world and cloned humans as part of an organic battery farm to power complex machines and robots. Those cloned sleep in a stasis, dreaming the same dream creating the world Neo thinks he knows, also known as the Matrix.

The Matrix isn't just known for its special-effects and blockbuster sensibilities, its also known for contemplating theories about human consciousness and philosophical theory. These are weighty themes that the Wachowskis would return to in Cloud Atlas (2012) yet here the thought process is more cogent and even frightening to contemplate. Is the world truly what we perceive, taste and feel? Or is there something outside of ourselves, controlling us to serve sinister ends.

Heaven, hell, allegory of the cave, it's all in there in a diluted format and packaged for easy consumption. Yet even for all its kung fu and bullet dodging the movie didn't make as big a splash as one would have hoped. It wasn't until after it was released on VHS and the burgeoning DVD market that the film became a full-blown success worthy of lesser sequels. And once people actually saw it; watch out! Not since the criminally underrated Dark City (1998) had people been exposed to such radical ideas in films. College courses started studying the film, fanboys raved and discussed the film at length, even a cottage industry of animes based on the films sprouted up (there is much contention as to whether The Matrix was a blatant rip-off or homage to Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell (1995)).

Today The Matrix is considered a benchmark of science fiction films taking its place among Blade Runner (1982) and Star Wars (1977) as a flick worthy of intense analysis and debate and passionate fandom by those who enjoy such things. Will following generations continue to pay homage to it? Keep it in the pristine echelons of sci-fi greatness? Or will The Matrix and its sequels be relegated to almost-classics like Logan's Run (1976) and Soylent Green (1973)? My sincere hope is people won't decide to tune into something completely different.
2017-06-02
Life in reality
What made The Matrix special was the ground breaking visual effects such as 'Bullet Time' that have been often imitated in other films and video games. The Wachowski's simply knocked it out of the park.

Keanu Reeves is Mr Anderson an ordinary computer programmer by day and secret hacker called Neo at night who is suddenly pursued by government agents led by a sinister Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) after he is contacted by computer hacker Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne.)

Morpheus believes Neo is the 'One.' Humans lives in a false reality that controls humans and Neo will lead the harvested humans to rebel against the machines creating the false reality.

The film mixes cyberpunk science fiction with Hong Kong style martial arts and elements of Japanese manga type animation as inspiration.

Keanu Reeves is in his element is a world where he does not understand the world around him. He looks cool and does well in the martial arts sequences. I guess revisiting this genre made up for the failure of Johnny Mnemonic.

Laurence Fishburne is even more cooler as Morpheus guiding Neo in this hostile new reality and how to take down the system. Carrie-Ann Moss is kick ass sexy in black leather as Trinity who displays superhuman powers.

The film has philosophical underpinnings as the Wachowski's ask us to thing about the world around us and our existence within it.

The film is cool, it is hip but I felt slightly too long and little bit to po faced. However the Wachowski's did manage to catch lightning in a bottle which they did not manage to do with the sequels.
2016-03-28
Descartes Would Have Been Proud
Spoilers Ahead:

The brothers obviously have read a lot of Rene Descartes, his first meditation you hear Morpeus quote from: how could you tell a dream from the real world? This was the problem of answering empirical skepticism which he spent the whole work pursuing. The movie's writing, its philosophical depth, is often lost amidst the excellent action movie surrounding it. Why it works so well is even the first showing you never are sure who is right The Oracle or Morpheus? It plays with you all the way until the end with Neo apparently dying from Smith emptying a whole clip into him. I would like to point out to you the moments I loved as a philosopher. My favorite: when Neo sees the Matrix, notice this proceeds his invincibility: what an excellent existential metaphor for human existence. Yes, my friends, see the phenomenal matrix about you it is just as unreal. He stares at everything eyes filled with astonishment everything is an illusion. This is what Morpheus had been trying to get him to understand the entire movie. "You think that is real air you are breathing?" The philosophical power of the movie is why it resonates by the way. This epiphany of seeing the Matrix as the phenomenal construct of his mind has implications that are quite transposable to the 'real world' our minds construct for us.

The red or the blue pill? How many people do you know that are like Cypher? They want the blue pill oblivious to it being a world of deceit and illusion, again, what a metaphor for so many people, they prefer a happy lie to an unhappy truth. I love the movie for it conveys the struggle of Neo; we wish it for him as he fights and fails. This is the core of its success in contrast to the sequels. He fails the building jump, the fight with Morpeus and the subway showdown with Agent Smith. When I saw this there was an audible gasp when The Oracle says that Morpheus is mistaken and delusional. Even by this point, the audience is so wrapped up in rooting for Neo to be The One that it showed how well it had grabbed hold of the viewers. You never know until the very end when he resurrects and stands back up. Action movies' fate are predicated upon the strength or weakness of their villains: find me a better villain than Agent Smith,"Human beings are a disease; we are the cure." He looks upon us as loathsome, bad smelling, meat sacks which he destroys whenever he gets the chance.

The battle to be The One, his many failings and our doubts followed by his majestic rise up from the floor, this is why this became a masterpiece. The action is breathtaking with state of the art effects that still are great to see. This can be said for many bad modern films; what differentiates this is the Quest Motif of the Hero Archetype. Within the movie are profound questions of epistemology: What is Truth and would you prefer a pleasure filled illusion to a stark, cold and dangerous world of truth? How can I tell what is real from what is illusion? Also, how controllers use pleasureful lies to control their slaves. See if you can find another movie so deeply filled with the central questions of philosophy? Descartes' solution was that he had certain 'clear and distinct' ideas the negation of which was a contradiction. God would never have made his mind oppose itself like this, such as 2 plus 2 equals four, ergo, the phenomenal world must be real. I know, if you desire better answers read Immanuel Kant's Critique Of Pure Reason. This is a stand alone masterpiece with great philosophical depth. Almost twenty years old and it still resonates as well as it did when it was released. I never blame the brothers for the sequels, this film can never be part of a series; it is a one of a kind classic. Enjoy! Q.E.D.

"For Any Test We Can Devise We Could Also Dream Of Taking." Rene Descartes

"Interiority Exteriorizes Itself In Order To Interiorize Exteriority." Jean Paul Sartre
2015-11-12
Inspiration
This movie is literally the reason I do what I do. the special effects were so amazing for it to be a 99 film, the fighting was beyond well choreographed and the story!!? don't even get me started, do you know how many times I had to watch this movie!? it took years for me to understand it all.I couldn't thank the director enough for this film this movie inspired me to begin doing things that were extraordinary and that stood out. my passion for parkour, riding Motorcycles, to my martial arts. now I just wanna become an actor and be great, do my own stunts, and not be a nobody. Neo (Keanu Reeves)was my idol, and I hope one day I can be as great as he was in this film!!
2016-04-26
Good but not "The Greatest Film Ever Made"
Ok, I'm getting sick of comments saying stuff like "The Matrix is the greatest film EVER MADE!"

That's complete and utter bullturd. Yes, it had great cinematography and effects, yes it had a great soundtrack but NO WAY was the acting superb and NO WAY was the storyline great.

Take that storyline and stick it in any other action movie and you would leave feeling disappointed at the end. It's major selling point was "What is the Matrix? You have to see it for yourself." Come on, the only plot twist was that thing to do with Cypher, and that wasn't greatly unforeseeable, there's things like that in every frigging action movie.

The thing that set it apart was the ground-breaking camera effects, gnarly special effects and a funky soundtrack, as well as the costume design bit, with all that leather and expensive sunglasses. Without this stuff, all you would be left with is your average action movie.

I'm not saying it was a bad film at all, just not one of the greatest. Highly entertaining, great to watch with your mates, definitely one of the most interesting films in recent years. But give me The Third Man, Memento or the Usual Suspects any day.

7/10
2001-09-10
Action, sci-fi and philosophy
The action is an excellent film where science fiction and philosophy come together. I do not know if is made another like this again. I do not know how many times I watched. The other films in the series were also very well timed. A movie I will be able to watch again and again in the future.
2017-08-24
An above average score for an above average film.
The Matrix brought in a mixed bag of both good and bad. On one side, its original story and setup for the next film is great, while on the other side, its mediocre acting, and aging visuals keep me from truly loving this film. So with that, I decided to give The Matrix a "Good" on theVade Review Bar or a 7 out of 10. An above average score for an above average film.

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2017-07-11
Good movie with a great plot
First of, it's a really great movie and I don't want to spoiler it. When I heard from my friends to watch it I took my time and it was over whelming! I felt like I'm inside this movie and always couldn't believe how up to date the movie is still in this current year! Everything doesn't made sense in the first place but trust me, just keep watching!
2017-06-30
Life is about choices we make
The Matrix is an action packed, special effects driven master piece that is sure to catch the attention of any futuristic film critic. Several chase scenes utilize cross-cutting techniques to establish action occurring in two different locations. As I watch this film, I am reminded of two films from memory -Enter the Dragon (1973) and Stand by Me (1986). Both films reiterate the theme from Matrix, struggle with choice and the consequences of those actions. Spoiler Alert: Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, is a software writer who struggles to find his place in the world and as a result turns to computer hacking to escape his mundane life. At the party Neo is approached by Trinity, played by Carrie-Anne Moss. Trinity is driven by her love for Neo and her unwavering loyalty to Morpheus (Lawrence Fishburn). Imaginative Mise-en-scene is created during the first scene between Neo and Morpheus. Morpheus can be considered a profit; he predicts the coming of "the one who will save Zion." Morpheus offers Neo a life altering proposition-a choice between taking a red pill (which reveals the truth of the Matrix) or the blue pill (which will doom him to the old life which Neo struggles to escape from). Neo's adversaries are a group of three steely faced agents simply known as "The Smiths." The Smiths are agent programs who keep order within the Matrix by dispatching their own form of law and order. Throughout the film as Neo, Morpheus, and Trinity battle the Smiths, Neo subconsciously begins to believe in himself and the power he holds inside. By the final show-down, Neo has miraculously developed a skill to stop bullets. In each situation he discovers that the path he wants has been laid in front of his feet like a red carpet. The only thing stopping him from taking advantage of the gifts bestowed upon him, is his own reluctance to "go for it."
2016-06-16
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