Matrix

The Matrix

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Director: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski

Cast: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne

     
 

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What if virtual reality wasn't just for fun, but was being used to imprison you? That's the dilemma that faces mild-mannered computer jockey Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) in The Matrix. It's the year 1999, and Anderson (hacker alias: Neo) works in a cubicle, manning a computer and doing a little hacking on the side. It's through this latter activity that

Overview

What if virtual reality wasn't just for fun, but was being used to imprison you? That's the dilemma that faces mild-mannered computer jockey Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) in The Matrix. It's the year 1999, and Anderson (hacker alias: Neo) works in a cubicle, manning a computer and doing a little hacking on the side. It's through this latter activity that Thomas makes the acquaintance of Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), who has some interesting news for Mr. Anderson -- none of what's going on around him is real. The year is actually closer to 2199, and it seems Thomas, like most people, is a victim of The Matrix, a massive artificial intelligence system that has tapped into people's minds and created the illusion of a real world, while using their brains and bodies for energy, tossing them away like spent batteries when they're through. Morpheus, however, is convinced Neo is "The One" who can crack open The Matrix and bring his people to both physical and psychological freedom. The Matrix is the second feature film from the sibling writer/director team of Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski, who made an impressive debut with the stylish erotic crime thriller Bound.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
Take a pinch of The Terminator, a dash of William Gibson's computer cowboy sensibility, add a healthy dollop of Hong Kong action cinema and the result is The Matrix, the most inventive science fiction flick to light up a movie screen in recent years. Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), a super-cool, philosophy-spouting rebel with psychic abilities, and his latex-sheathed female sidekick, Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), turn disaffected computer wiz Neo (Keanu Reeves) into a kung fu-fighting warrior who goes head to head against the forces of evil deep in cyberspace. Even if some viewers get lost in the twisting storyline, the dazzling special effects and mind-blowing sets will keep most of them on the very edge of their seats.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
"What is The Matrix?" In the hands of writer/directors Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski, The Matrix proved to be an exhilarating comic book/Hong Kong/sci-fi treatise on the nature of reality for the Keanu Reeves crowd. With Sydney, Australia, standing in for an ominously green-tinged Any City, the initiation of Reeves' ace hacker Neo into the Real World by Laurence Fishburne's super-cool Morpheus and Carrie-Anne Moss' patent leather-clad cyber babe Trinity sets off the ultimate conflict between man and malevolent machine. Regardless of that conflict's philosophical bent, the real attraction became The Matrix's trailblazing special effects and bravura set pieces, including airborne kung fu, time-bending, bullet-dodging shoot-outs, and an ultra-stylized, slow-motion lobby fusillade. Along with sweeping the four technical Oscars for which it was nominated, including Best Visual Effects and Best Editing, The Matrix's sleekly kinetic action attracted legions of fans, turning it into not only a bona fide blockbuster (and an MTV Movie Award winner), but also a top-selling DVD. While its open ending hinted at further adventures to come, The Matrix's financial success guaranteed that the Wachowskis' plans for two sequels would indeed come to fruition.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/1999
UPC:
0085391698531
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Keanu Reeves Neo
Laurence Fishburne Morpheus
Carrie-Anne Moss Trinity
Hugo Weaving Agent Smith
Gloria Foster The Oracle
Joe Pantoliano Cypher
Marcus Chong Tank
Paul Goddard Agent Brown
Robert Taylor Agent Jones
Julian "Sonny" Arahanga Apoc
Matt Doran Mouse
Belinda McClory Switch
Anthony Ray Parker Dozer

Technical Credits
Andy Wachowski Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Larry Wachowski Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Kym Barrett Costumes/Costume Designer
Hugh Bateup Art Director
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Lisa Brennan Set Decoration/Design
David E. Campbell Sound/Sound Designer
Godric Cole Set Decoration/Design
Steven Richard Courtley Special Effects
Dan Cracchiolo Co-producer,Executive Producer
Geofrey Darrow Consultant/advisor
David Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Don Davis Score Composer
Dane A. Davis Sound/Sound Designer
Tim Ferrier Set Decoration/Design
Mali Finn Casting
Colin Fletcher Asst. Director
Judith Harvey Set Decoration/Design
Carol Hughes Associate Producer
Jacinta Leong Set Decoration/Design
Sarah Light Set Decoration/Design
Andrew Mason Executive Producer
Bob McCarron Makeup Special Effects
Marta McElroy Set Decoration/Design
Michelle McGahey Art Director
James McTeigue Asst. Director
Richard Mirisch Associate Producer
Barrie M. Osborne Executive Producer
Owen Paterson Production Designer
Bill Pope Cinematographer
Andrew Powell Set Decoration/Design
John Reitz Sound/Sound Designer
Deborah Riley Set Decoration/Design
Gregg Rudloff Sound/Sound Designer
Joel Silver Producer
Janek Sirrs Special Effects
Zach Staenberg Editor
Erwin Stoff Executive Producer
Jon Thum Special Effects
Shauna Wolifson Casting

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is the 21st century. Humans have exhausted every source of energy there is, and the sun is gone. Yet, the world is full of life, nature, and people living out their own lives. This is the matrix. It is the world we know, but it is not the reality. The matrix is a computer generated dream world designed to keep humans under control. We live our entire lives in this computer program, which uses complex coding to make our brain perceive this illusion as the reality. The whole world is oblivious to the computer generated world they live in, and just how much technology is really determining their lives. Everything about this world is a designed by computer coding: the buildings, the people, the food... They send signals telling your brain it is real. Your life is HCI, human-computer interaction. There is nothing, but the computer. This is a thrilling and compelling movie, demonstrating the full capabilities of technology and how it will shape our future as the human race. This movie shows us a world in which the computer is powerful enough to even fool those that created it, the humans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Matrix was a fascinating movie, that explores the relationship between man and machine. Neo, the main character, must save human kind.  The advent of artificial intelligence has led to computers taking over humans.  They use them as a source of energy and most humans do not even realize that this is happening.  They live in an alternate society called the Matrix, that is constructed by the computers.  Neo, one of the few characters that is aware of the situation must fight for the survival of the human race.  The movie is enjoyable to watch, but most importantly addresses the ongoing issue between humans and technology.  How far is too far? While the world has benefitted greatly from the invention and evolution of computers and technology.  However, each new invention brings up areas of concern involving possible abuses or pitfalls.  Nowhere is this more true than in the area of artificial intelligence.  As of now, computers can do a lot of things faster or better than humans, but they lack the qualities that make humans unique.  There is always the question of how far to push technology, and this one in particular.  While the Matrix seems far fetched, progress has been made in artificial intelligence, and therefore as a society, we must be aware of the dangers.  The Matrix shows the viewer what might happen as a result of creating computers that are too advanced.  While this is a science fiction movie, it certainly does give the viewer something to contemplate regarding the complex relationship between man and machine!    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Matrix was a fascinating movie, that explores the relationship between man and machine.  Neo, the main character, must save human kind.  The advent of artificial intelligence has led to computers taking over humans.  They use them as a source of energy and most humans do not even realize this is happening.  They live in an alternate society called the Matrix, that is constructed by the computers.  Neo, one of the few characters that is aware of the situation must fight for the survival of the human race.  The movie is enjoyable to watch, but most importantly addresses the ongoing issue between humans and technology.  How far is too far?  While the world has benefitted greatly through the invention and evolution of computers and technology.  However, each no invention brings up areas of concern involving possible abuses or pitfalls.  No where is this more true than in the area of artificial intelligence.  As of now, computers can do a lot of things faster or better than humans, but they lack the qualities that make us unique.  There is always the question of how far too push technology, and this one in particular.  While the Matrix seems far fetched, progress has been made in artificial intelligence and therefore as a society, we must aware of the dangers.  The Matrix shows the viewer what might happen as a result of making computers that are too advanced.  While this is a science fiction movie, it certainly does give the viewer something to contemplate regarding the complex relationship between man and machine!  
EllaFeiner More than 1 year ago
This movie was an interesting exploration of the future implications of virtual reality and what it could potentially mean for our society. In the beginning of the movie, life appears to be completely normal, but you soon realize that all of the characters are living inside of a computer simulation. In this time period, artificially intelligent machines have grown so powerful that they were able to defeat the entire human race in a massive battle. Now, humans are harnessed as an energy source for the machines and live their lives plugged into a simulation called the Matrix, as the title of the movie states. Their body heat provides power from the machines, and humans are essentially turned into batteries.  The main character, Neo, is one of the few people that's able to see through the simulation, and he embarks on a journey to save society in the first part of the trilogy. Most sci-fic and action movies are simply a blur of fighting and noise, but this makes you really think about the relationship between humans and machines and possible ways that it will develop in the future. Humans created AI in the movie, and this is true in real life as well. The movie is terrifying because it extends our own lives into a horrible dystopian universe that could very well become our own future. People are sedated, living a virtual life, and Neo must be plugged into different simulations so that he can realize that the Matrix isn't real when he is inside the simulation. He can still die within the simulation, and his main enemies are machines called the Agents. This movie really made me ponder whether humans are becoming too dependent on artificial intelligence and the possible implications of our relationship with machines in the future. 
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SMeyerHatesAllHerFans More than 1 year ago
awesome from begining to end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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This movie has the best action and the most entertaining plot I have seen in a while! The Matrix is a complex movie that leaves you begging for more. A juiced up soundtrack, combined with brilliant action sequences, all wrapped up in a plot that requires intelligence to understand makes this movie my favorite of all time. I can't wait for the sequel! ''There is no spoon...''
Guest More than 1 year ago
The impression this film has made on the world has been phenomenal, and I'm one of the believers. This was truly a gift from above. It is amazing how this film was created, with visual effects other filmmakers could only dream
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Matrix has me and won't let go. This is a movie you can watch over and over again and still be craving more. I am not a Keanu Reeves fan at all, but he suited the part perfectly. I definitley recommend this movie to everyone, no matter what type of movies you enjoy. It is full of adventure, state of the art graphics and special effects, a philosophical plot, and oh yeah ''guns... Lots of guns.''
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is above and beyond every action movie I have ever seen before. ''The Matrix'' has and will continue to raise the bar for action movies to come. Not to mention the Wachowski brothers have plans for the Matrix line. Rumors abound that ''The Matrix'' 2 and 3 are in conception, and a game for the PlayStation 2 is underway.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Matrix is THE MOVIE for the Action Category. NOT to be missed. As for The Matrix 2 & 3, they are in production at this time. They are going to be filming BOTH episodes and then getting them ready for release. Don't know the projected release date, but I hope it is SOON!!! I want to see Neo, Trinity and Morpheus kick some more BUTT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The actrion in this movie is the best I've seen in a long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The storyline is simply the best. It really challenges your mind and makes you re-think about everything (from God down to the cats - dejavu!!) around us. What if they were true all along? Plus add the fact that this film version makes full use of DVD features. Totally awesome effects - both in visual and audio. The ''rooftop scene'' was the best ... DODGE THIS !!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would just like to say I loved this movie based soley on the fact of Canoe's beautiful hair-cut. It inspired me to go out and get the identical cut for myself. He is my hero and everything that I strive to be. -Sean M. Daly
Guest More than 1 year ago
Special effects A+, fighting sequences A+, storyline B, needed some revisions (why doesn't someone just make GOOD a movie out of Snow Crash or a Gibson book?). The only thing that will make this series a classic is if it has a bad ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is so fabulous, that i named my screen name after the movie.Amazing visuals!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The things I was enthusiastic about as a teenager now embarrass me, and the Matrix could one of the things current enthusiasts repent once their critical faculties are fully operational. Of course the movie is professionally-paced, and has gorgeous sights to behold. But the acting is thick, Keanu doesn't seem to be having any fun in his de rigeur shades and leather fighting ensembles. (Is this a fashion trend: long leather coats for martial arts?) As for the premise: it's ancient. Kurt Vonnegut had his Sci Fi hack Kilgore Trout writing Now It Can Be Told before the Matrix party was even born.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is SO good! I cant wait until the sequels come out! Its going to ROCK!!! If you havent seen this movie, SEE IT!!!! It is GREAT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The unique action scenes are never seen before, which usually have been filmed at a fixed camera angle. Matrix allows us to see it around 360 degree surround. The idea and tech is introduced at behind the scenes of the video movie.Enjoy comparing the similar helicopter action with t-2 to find the their difference.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, I think its one of the best movies to own on DVD. Actually I dont know much about DVDs becuase that is the only movie my family owns on DVD. I have only watched about 5 movies on DVD. But its just a great movie with all the special effects.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is what digital television and surround sound was made for.