The Matrix 1999

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In this seminal sci-fi movie, computer hacker Neo discovers that life on Earth is façade for the 'real' world, which is a ravaged wasteland where people's minds are imprisoned in the Matrix. He joins rebel warriors Morpheus and Trinity to try to overthrow the computer programmes of the Matrix.

Starring:
Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne
Runtime:
2 hours 10 minutes

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The Matrix

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Genres Thriller, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director The Wachowski Brothers
Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne
Supporting actors Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano, Gloria Foster, Marcus Chong
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By William Meikle on 24 Feb 2003
Format: DVD
SF Movies have suffered from a lack of style in recent years. There's only so many times you can see Bladerunner or Alien ripped off cheaply before you start to get jaded. And it doesn't help that they keep casting muscular dolts with the intellect of a plank in violent revenge fantasies that do little more than ape the "Death Wish" movies.
So it's three cheers for The Matrix, the film that restored my faith in SF movies.
It starts with a bang, a chase across rooftops with some spectacular leaps that make you realise that wherever you are, it's not the world you live in.
Or is it?
Neo (or is that Neophyte?) is a programmer by day in a faceless corporation, and a hacker by night, searching for Morpheus, a shadowy figure who may hold the key to Neo's longings for a different world. Morpheus on the other hand is looking for a Saviour, someone who will come and lead the oppressed masses to a new Utopia.
Soon their paths cross, and Neo is shown the real world, a world that is not all he thought it to be. In this world everything is run by "The Matrix", a super computer that controls everything and everybody, body and soul. (Or, as the Oracle so succinctly puts it, "Balls to Bones")
Neo is removed from the system's influence, and is told he is "The One", the long-prophesised saviour who can remake the Matrix to his own will. He is trained in how to fight the Matrix defense programs (or "Agents".....software that takes the guise of super-powerful humans and can take control of anybody still hooked up to the Matrix)
To accomplish this he is given a crash course in martial arts in a manner that would be great if it were possible today (I can imagine the ads - "Learn Kung-Fu in thirty seconds....no philosophising necessary!") .
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "thematrixhasme5" on 7 Dec 2003
Format: DVD
Someone once asked me how I could watch The Matrix so many times and why I haven't got bored of it.
She couldn't understand, mainly because she has only seen about 3 min of the film but my answer was "It'll never bore me because everytime you watch it you learn or notice something new". That is it.
The Matrix is such a delicious movie that leaves you wanting more and more and the more you get the more you love it. I have probably seen the film about 20 times since watching it for the first time last May. The special effects are mind blowing (and in my opinion better that Reloaded and Revolutions), the story is unforgetable, the outfits are cool as ice, and the music rocks (I've also got the soundtrack).
My fave character has to be Trinity because she is so independant and single minded. She is also so bloody lucky to snog Keanu.
They can make as many sequels as they want but nothing can compare to The Matrix chapter 1. It is The One movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Mar 2000
Format: DVD
"It would appear, Mr Anderson, that you have been leading two lives.... One of these lives has a future; the other does not".
These chilling words introduce us, and a freshly black-belted Keanu Reaves, to Agent Smith. And let's be honest, who among us does not know a superior at work or school who is, perhaps, a little like Agent Smith?
The Wachowski brothers have not merely created a superlative special-effects kung fu homage movie. They have redefined the scope of the action picture to encompass thought-provoking pop philosophy. Read the quotes and trivia for a taste of this (and check the IMDb link below for more). They combine brilliant technical innovation (bullet time, so well captured on DVD) with a spooky science fiction premise that, frankly, makes you stop and think. Maybe the little boy bending the spoon is right....
Watch it again and decide for yourself. It gets better every time.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Mar 2000
Format: DVD
Why do you enjoy a film? Is it because you leave the cinema with your head buzzing with the questions the film has raised? Is it because it was filled with heart-racing action? Did you just sit back and switch off while the film's special effects blew you away? Or do you just like a soppy love story?
It doesn't matter with The Matrix. The film fills every niche, from the most cerebral to the most superficial.
Science fiction haters will still love it, since, if you wish, you can ignore the SF supertext and enjoy the stories and action beneath it. Even Keanu Reeves haters will have to accept that his inability to show any emotion other than vacant fits his role as a no-life hacker perfectly.
This film is perfect for DVD, as it will be watched again and again and you can skip straight to your favourite bits. The DVD also includes fascinating "making of" material.
If you don't watch this film you missed out on one of the best films this century. Your loss.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar 2000
Format: VHS Tape
If you took a film from the Terminator series and combine it with any sci-fi film you care to mention the result would be The Matrix. Not only are the special effects and direction of the action scenes stunning, but the film is bolstered with a solid script. Okay, so some of the ideas have been used before (machines taking over the world, ring any bells?) but there are some original concepts in the film, such as the spiritual element. This would normally be the kind of film that I would avoid (the prospect of Keanu Reaves and lots of senseless violence is not something that attracts me to see a movie) but it is surprisingly enjoyable.
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