The Matrix

  • 15
  • Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski (1999)
  • US
  • 136 min
The Matrix
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Sci-fi action thriller starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Laurence Fishburne. When unassuming computer hacker Neo is sought out by Morpheus, a notorious subversive, he learns that the world is not as it seems, and that he must join the fight to free humanity from the all-powerful Matrix.

Cast and crew

Cast

Thomas A Anderson / Neo
Keanu Reeves
Trinity
Carrie-Anne Moss
Morpheus
Laurence Fishburne
Agent Smith
Hugo Weaving
Cypher
Joe Pantoliano
Switch
Belinda McClory
Apoc
Julian Arahanga
Mouse
Matt Doran
Tank
Marcus Chong
Oracle
Gloria Foster
Agent Jones
Robert Taylor (4)
Agent Brown
Paul Goddard
Dozer
Anthony Ray Parker
Dujour
Ada Nicodemou

Crew

Director
Lana Wachowski
Director
Andy Wachowski

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Brothers
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing and drug abuse.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 11 Jun 1999
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama