The Matrix

The Matrix

Lilly Wachowski (1999)

136min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
After such lacklustre outings as Johnny Mnemonic and The Devil's Advocate, Keanu Reeves reclaimed his action-hero crown in this super-smart science-fiction adventure set across two dimensions. Thematically complex, yet intelligently integrating eastern philosophy, Lewis Carroll and ancient mysticism, the film has Reeves as Neo, a reclusive computer hacker who may be able to save the world from the evils of cyberspace slavery. Taking a quantum leap beyond anything the fantasy sensation seeker had seen before in the special-effects department, Andy and Larry Wachowski mix ultra-cool visuals, vertigo-inducing kung fu and a deliciously paranoid scenario for an adrenaline-pumping rollercoaster ride of extraordinary vision and astounding power. The result is a genre milestone that spawned two sequels and pushed the boundaries of imagination and digital-effects technology further than ever before.

Summary

A computer hacker discovers the world around him is nothing more than a virtual-reality fantasy created by malevolent living machines. Entering the devastated real world, he joins freedom fighters risking their lives to bring the truth out into the open and liberate the human race. Sci-fi action thriller, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving.

Cast & Crew

Thomas A Anderson/Neo Keanu Reeves
Morpheus Laurence Fishburne
Trinity Carrie-Anne Moss
Cypher Joe Pantoliano
Agent Smith Hugo Weaving
Switch Belinda McClory
Apoc Julian Arahanga
Mouse Matt Doran
Tank Marcus Chong
Dozer Anthony Ray Parker
Oracle Gloria Foster
Director Lilly Wachowski
Director Lana Wachowski
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrothersGuidance: Violence, swearing and drug abuse. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Jun 1999
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