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The Matrix [1999 film] (1999)

by Andy WACHOWSKI (Director), Larry Wachowski (Director/Screenwriter)

Other authors: Julian Arahanga (Actor), David Aston (Actor), Kym Barrett (Costume designer), Marcus Chong (Actor), Don Davis (Composer)16 more, Matt Doran (Actor), Laurence Fishburne (Actor), Gloria Foster (Actor), Paul Goddard (Actor), Marc Aden Gray (Actor), Belinda McClory (Actor), Carrie Ann Moss (Actor), Joe Pantoliano (Actor), Anthony Ray Parker (Actor), Owen Patterson (Actor), Bill Pope (Director of Photography), Keanu Reeves (Actor), Joel Silver (Producer), Zach Staenberg (Film Editor), Robert Taylor (Actor), Hugo Weaving (Actor)

Series: The Matrix Franchise (1), The Matrix Films (1)

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In an anti-utopian future, the "real" world as we know it is nothing more than a computer construct, created by an all-powerful artificial intelligence. A small group of humans as found a way out of the construct, and are now fighting for the future of the human race.

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The Matrix (1999)

Keanu Reeves – Neo
Laurence Fishburne – Morpheus
Carrie-Anne Moss – Trinity
Hugo Weaving – Agent Smith
Joe Pantoliano – Cypher
Marcus Chong – Tank
Julian Arahanga – Apoc
Matt Doran – Mouse
Belinda McClory – Switch
Gloria Foster – Oracle

Written and directed by the Waschowski Brothers

Colour. 137 min.


Remember, all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.

It has aged surprisingly well. The special effects are nowhere near as impressive as they were in 1999, the action towards the end is way overdone, and the sentimental kitsch about Neo and Trinity feels more risible than ever before. But the rest remains impressive, indeed mightily so. Leaving aside the fine cast – ably led by Reeves and Fishburne although Pantoliano’s slimy villain and Weaving’s nasty agent proved more memorable for me – and a touch of visual poetry peculiar to the Washowskis but not more compelling than different brands by other directors, the movie remains thought-provoking. Humans have been haunted by the nature of reality from time immemorial. The mind can play such strange tricks, like dreams for example. They look so real, yet they’re not. Or aren’t they? What is real? Aren’t we all wondering sometimes if we aren’t living in the Matrix? Haven’t we all said, like Byron did 206 year ago, “I had a dream which was not all a dream”? Haven’t we all wondered sometimes how come that, to quote Byron again, “Sleep hath its own world, / A boundary between the things misnamed / Death and existence”? Don’t we all sometimes want to take the red pill? Or the blue one? And, sad to say, Agent Smith’s virological interpretation of the human race becomes more and more relevant as the years pass and we regress into a parasitic species. The question no longer is “What is the Matrix?”, but rather “Is our world a sort of matrix?” It’s too bad The Matrix has been imitated to death, not least in a trio of increasingly infantile sequels, but the original remains powerful stuff. I envy a little the bright young minds of tomorrow who’ll see it for the first time. ( )
  Waldstein | Jun 30, 2022 |
First half was pretty interesting, the second just Hong Kong combat. ( )
1 vote wdwilson3 | Dec 8, 2021 |
Still good solid fun, except for the last scenes and the power of love. ( )
1 vote themulhern | Mar 4, 2017 |
An unhappy programmer finds out... some stuff that would be spoilers.

Huh. Well that hasn't aged well. After seeing it a few times, the once-mind-bending science fiction has nothing to offer, and instead I just notice how it doesn't hold up to too much thought. And after the last decade, the movie's once-awesomely-innovative style just looks like every other bad action movie. It's really only got two good things left: Mr. Smith, and Hugo Weaving.

Concept: A
Story: C
Characters: D
Dialog: D
Pacing: B
Cinematography: B
Special effects/design: A
Acting: D
Music: D

Enjoyment: C plus

GPA: 2.2/4 ( )
  comfypants | Jan 28, 2016 |
15 years later and still pretty good. Old and new fans alike will agree that this was a uniquely entertaining feature film. ( )
  SirJohnJameson | Sep 5, 2014 |
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Neo (Reeves)-mild-mannered software author by day, feared hacker by night-is recruited into a cell of cyber-rebels, led by Morpheus (Fishburne) and the warrior Trinity (Moss). They have made a fundamental discovery about the world: It does not exist. It is only a seedy utopia where humanity is preserved, protected, and endlessly recycled by a mega-computer. Cypher (Pantoliano) turns traitorous for access to comforts unmatched by the drab post-apocalyptic real world, while Agent Smith (Weaving) dismisses humans as "a plague"--For which non-organic life is "the cure."

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
WACHOWSKI, AndyDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wachowski, LarryDirector/Screenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Arahanga, JulianActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aston, DavidActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barrett, KymCostume designersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chong, MarcusActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davis, DonComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doran, MattActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fishburne, LaurenceActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Foster, GloriaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goddard, PaulActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gray, Marc AdenActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McClory, BelindaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moss, Carrie AnnActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pantoliano, JoeActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parker, Anthony RayActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Patterson, OwenActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pope, BillDirector of Photographysecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reeves, KeanuActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Silver, JoelProducersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Staenberg, ZachFilm Editorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Taylor, RobertActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Weaving, HugoActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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