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The Matrix

  • 1999
  • R
  • 136min
  • 87%
  • 8.7 / 10

Thomas A. Anderson is a man living a double life. To the typical person, Anderson appears to be your everyday computer programmer. At night though, Anderson becomes Neo, an advanced computer hacker. Neo has always been one to push the limits of reality, however, Neo finds himself targeted by the police when he is contacted by Morpheus, a legendary computer hacker branded a terrorist by the government. Upon contact with Morpheus Neo is awoken to the real world. The existence he knows is actually a ravaged wasteland. Humans have become a host who feeds the bots with their energy and body heat. Their minds have been imprisoned by a place known as the Matrix, built to look and feel like real life. Can Neo restore life to those who have been captured while saving his own life?

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One of the best-known scenes in The Matrix is the slow-motion bullet scene when times slow as Neo dodges flying bullets. This has come to be known as bullet time and has been spoofed in hundreds of movies since. This is quite impressive since the original budget for the movie was only $10 million. The Wachowski's laid everything on the line and spent the entire $10 million on the opening scene with hopes of Warner approving their proposed budget of $80 million. It was a gamble worth taking as the Matrix has sparked a franchise of unimaginable proportions.

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The Matrix was released in 1999, written and directed by The Wachowskis. The cast included Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano. The film was distributed by Warner Bros. The budget for the film was $63 million. With overwhelmingly positive reviews, the movie received attention for its innovation in visual effects, cinematography and entertainment value. The Wachowski's went on to write and direct 2 more sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. The Matrix empire has since expanded and includes comic books, video games, and animated short films. Box office sales worldwide reached $463.5 million.