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The Matrix (1999)

R  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi  |  31 March 1999 (USA)
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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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Choi (as Marc Gray)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Perception: Our day-in, day-out world is real. Reality: That world is a hoax, an elaborate deception spun by all-powerful machines of artificial intelligence that control us. Whoa. See more »


Action | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

31 March 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Matrix  »

Box Office


$63,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$653,151 (Europe) (23 May 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the early stages of developing what was to become the famous Bullet Time sequence, visual effects supervisor John Gaeta and director of photography Bill Pope constructed many gimbals and dollies in the hope of creating the effect the old fashioned way. The original dolly they created for the camera would be lead around the action at a tremendous speed, but after many failed tests and broken dollies, they opted for computer graphics, which meant writing an entirely new program for the effect. However, the Bullet Time sequence does still use one very old fashioned technique: still photography. See more »


As Neo is firing the chopper-mounted mini-gun into the room where the Agents are holding Morpheus, it would have been very difficult to avoid hitting Morpheus as the Agents were in very close proximity to the chair Morheus was restrained to, and Neo seemed to be spraying bullets in a rather haphazard manner on a couple of occasions during the scene. See more »


[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

At the end of all the credits, the URL for the (now defunct) website of the film is given, www.whatisthematrix.com, along with a password, 'steak'. There's a 'secret' link on the page that requests a password. See more »


Referenced in The Formula (2002) See more »


I'm Beginning to See the Light
Written by Duke Ellington, Don George, Johnny Hodges, and Harry James
Performed by Duke Ellington
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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A great epic that sets the stage for the next level in sci-fi...
27 April 2000 | by (Sacramento) – See all my reviews

Who is to say what is real or not? We are defined by our view of reality, no matter how twisted or demented it is in comparison to 'normal' people. *evil eye* Yes, I see you all, looking in the mirror, trying to decipher whether or not your view is the reality we all share.

The Matrix not only supplies the world with a whole new level of special effects mixed with style and substance, it also brings a whole new meaning to the word 'paranoria'. This is one of those great epics that becomes a milestone in our present day world, a mark for which just about everybody can appreciate. Not since the original Starwars trilogy has a science fiction film reached across almost the entire population and gripped it with awesome special effects, great sound, and a overall feel of ground breaking movie making magic. It also serves up a good dose of paranoid delusions we all need in our lives every now and then.

With that, I leave you with the fact that I've seen more different types of people liking this one film than most other films to date. Move over George Lucas, you may have just met your match... :)

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