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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.

Directors:

Lana Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers), Lilly Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers)

Writers:

Lilly Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers), Lana Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keanu Reeves ... Neo
Laurence Fishburne ... Morpheus
Carrie-Anne Moss ... Trinity
Hugo Weaving ... Agent Smith
Gloria Foster ... Oracle
Joe Pantoliano ... Cypher
Marcus Chong ... Tank
Julian Arahanga ... Apoc
Matt Doran ... Mouse
Belinda McClory ... Switch
Anthony Ray Parker ... Dozer
Paul Goddard ... Agent Brown
Robert Taylor ... Agent Jones
David Aston ... Rhineheart
Marc Aden Gray Marc Aden Gray ... Choi (as Marc Gray)
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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. As a rebel against the machines, Neo must confront the agents: super-powerful computer programs devoted to stopping Neo and the entire human rebellion. Written by redcommander27

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Taglines:

Be Afraid Of The Future See more »

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

On a computer, a "cookie" is a piece of data. The Oracle gives Neo a literal and a figurative cookie. See more »

Goofs

Just before the 'Dodge' scene where he avoids agent Jones' bullets, Neo accurately empties two Beretta 9mm clips (24+ shots). As these bullets are all dodged by the agent, they head straight for the office building behind him, no further than 50 meters away and entirely covered with glass windows. Yet, when in turn agent Jones draws his weapon and fires it at Neo, not a single window that can be seen behind him seems to be damaged. In addition, no bullets nor even traces of bullets are seen when Agent Jones is dodging Neo's gunshots. 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

The opening Warner Bros. logo is green on a gray sky, and the opening Village Roadshow logo is green. See more »

Alternate Versions

The FOX televised version omits the "There is no spoon" scene before Neo meets The Oracle and cuts down on the multiple shots fired at Neo by Agent Smith at the end; in this version, it only shows Neo shot twice. Some language is, respectively, cut as well. See more »

Connections

Referenced in X-Men (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Minor Swing
Music by Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli
Performed by Django Reinhardt
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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The benchmark for all sci-fi films to come
19 September 2000 | by mambubukidSee all my reviews

The story of a reluctant Christ-like protagonist set against a baroque, MTV backdrop, The Matrix is the definitive hybrid of technical wizardry and contextual excellence that should be the benchmark for all sci-fi films to come.

Hollywood has had some problems combining form and matter in the sci-fi genre. There have been a lot of visually stunning works but nobody cared about the hero. (Or nobody simply cared about anything.) There a few, though, which aroused interest and intellect but nobody 'ooh'-ed or 'aah'-ed at the special effects. With The Matrix, both elements are perfectly en sync. Not only did we want to cheer on the heroes to victory, we wanted them to bludgeon the opposition. Not only did we sit in awe as Neo evaded those bullets in limbo-rock fashion, we salivated.

But what makes The Matrix several cuts above the rest of the films in its genre is that there are simply no loopholes. The script, written by the Wachowski brothers is intelligent but carefully not geeky. The kung-fu sequences were deftly shot -- something even Bruce Lee would've been proud of. The photography was breathtaking. (I bet if you had to cut every frame on the reel and had it developed and printed, every single frame would stand on its own.) And the acting? Maybe not the best Keanu Reeves but name me an actor who has box-office appeal but could portray the uneasy and vulnerable protagonist, Neo, to a T the way Reeves did. But, come to think of it, if you pit any actor beside Laurence Fishburne, you're bound to confuse that actor for bad acting. As Morpheus, Mr. Fishburne is simply wicked! Shades of his mentor-role in Higher Learning, nobody exudes that aura of quiet intensity than Mr. Fishburne. His character, battle-scarred but always composed Morpheus, is given an extra dose of mortality (He loves Neo to a fault.) only Mr. Fishburne can flesh out.

People will say what they want to say about how good The Matrix is but the bottomline is this: finally there's a philosophical film that has cut through this generation. My generation. The Wachowski brothers probably scribbled a little P.S. note when they finished the script saying: THINK FOR A MOMENT ABOUT YOUR EXISTENCE. What is the Matrix, you ask? Something that's closer to reality than you think.

Either that or it's my personal choice for best film of all-time.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$63,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,788,331, 4 April 1999

Gross USA:

$171,479,930

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$465,718,730
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DTS (Digital DTS Sound)| Dolby Digital | SDDS | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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