The Matrix

A computer hacker learns that what most people perceive as reality is actually a simulation created by machines, and joins a rebellion to break free.

Year: 1999
Certificate: 15
Runtime: 2hr 16m
Director: Lilly WachowskiLana Wachowski
Starring: Keanu ReevesLaurence FishburneCarrie-Anne MossHugo WeavingGloria FosterJoe PantolianoMarcus ChongJulian ArahangaMatt DoranBelinda McClory

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The movie that started the endless quotes and countless spoofs. The Wachowskis golden goose’s story still holds up today even if other aspects have not aged as well.

A computer whizz known as Neo (Keanu Reeves) is baffled after repeatedly seeing the words ‘The Matrix’ and wonders what it means. He is soon contacted by Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) who had previously disappeared down a phone line while being pursued by seemingly superhuman agents. She tells Neo that a man known as Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) can give him the answers he seeks.

After being captured by the Agents they tell Neo that Morpheus is infact a terrorist and, after a strange experience, Neo Wakes up believing the events to be a dream. He then goes to meet Morpheus with Trinity where he learns his entire reality has been a lie and what he had experienced earlier was very real.

As many know by this point The Matrix dives much deeper into its lore than could possibly be summarised here. The story holds strong even today. There’s nothing quite like The Matrix – a commentary on questioning your reality and what you believe to be true without ever getting in-your-face preachy.

It’s helmed by a great cast who all give fantastic performances, if not a little stiff on occasion, but it seldom detracts from the action on screen. It’s well paced and uses its just over two hour runtime well – with every minute used wisely and to further develop the story and the characters.

Sadly though on a slight negative note this movies aesthetic and effects have not aged gracefully. While ground-breaking over twenty years ago today they look more akin to effects often seen in lower budget productions. While I don’t judge the movie on how it was originally presented given it was 1999 it can be a little jarring for newcomers or those wanting a rewatch.

Overall though The Matrix still stands up as one of our all time greats for impact and storytelling and there’s far more reasons to come back to it than stay away.

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