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The Matrix (1999)

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A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

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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. Written by redcommander27

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In a world of 1s and 0s...are you a zero, or The One? See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sci-fi violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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31 March 1999 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$63,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$27,788,331 (USA) (2 April 1999)

Gross:

$171,383,253 (USA) (17 September 1999)
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Trivia

When Lana and Lilly Wachowski's screenplay for Assassins (1995) was being made for Producer Joel Silver, The Wachowskis brought Silver the script to this film. He was bowled over by their screenplay, but not by The Wachowskis' insistence that they direct the film themselves. He told them to cut their teeth by directing something else instead, which is why they made Bound (1996). The success of that lesbian crime thriller proved to be the calling card that The Wachowskis needed to earn the trust from Warner Brothers to direct this movie themselves. See more »

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Morpheus tells Neo that, for all their powers, Agents are still bound by the Matrix's physical rules, even though Agents break those same rules throughout the film. However, Morpheus also explains that some of the rules of the Matrix, like any computer program, can be bent or broken. Since Agents are acting as programs within the Matrix they are clearly authorized to "bend" some of the rules. Morpheus means that once Neo reaches his full potential as "the one", he will not be restricted to bending or breaking the rules, but will be able to make up his own rules. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[phone rings]
Cypher: Yeah.
Trinity: Is everything in place?
Cypher: You weren't supposed to relieve me.
Trinity: I know, but I felt like taking a shift.
Cypher: You like him, don't you? You like watching him.
Trinity: Don't be ridiculous.
Cypher: We're gonna kill him. You understand that?
Trinity: Morpheus believes he is the one.
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits beyond the production logos and the title. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Lenny Henry in Pieces (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Spybreak (Short One)
Written by Alex Gifford
Performed by The Propellerheads
Courtesy of Dreamworks Records/Wall of Sound
Under License from Universal Music Special Markets/Propellerheads
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The more you watch it, the better it gets
23 April 2002 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

The Wachowski brothers really did excel themselves with this movie. It's a brilliant movie on a number of different levels - the directing is excellent, the camera work is great, the visuals are stunning, the kung-fu is A+, acting is executed with style and conviction, and the plot is truly inspired. It's really hard to use enough superlatives on this movie!

It'd be a 10/10, except for the ending. Having Neo do what he does at the end really lets it down, in my opinion. However, there's a couple of sequels on the way, so let's see what the Wachowskis can do to make up for it.

Other than that, (and like I said above) the movie is operating on so many different levels that each time you watch it, you pick up something new... this isn't by accident, either. The Wachowski brothers had the actors read a number of definitive works (Simulation & Simulcra was one I believe) in modern literature and psychology, and applied liberal dashings of aspects of the major religions to provide the best sci-fi movie of the decade, if not ever.

I'm yet to meet somebody who hasn't enjoyed it. It's my favourite movie to watch on a good cinema system, too.


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