The Matrix 1999

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(305) IMDb 8.7/10
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In this seminal sci-fi movie, computer hacker Neo discovers that life on Earth is faade 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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Product Details

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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44 of 47 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 Ian Inniss on 1 Feb 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The Matrix is possibly one of the most influential and important films of the 20th Century and absolutely had to be told before we entered the 21st Century. It touches throughout on a very high level Buddhist teaching on 'emptiness', 'the-nature-of-mind' and creating your own reality.

It uses communist theory as a brilliant diagnostic tool for forming an allegory on the excesses of free market capitalism and its persistent need to de-skill humans to generate wealth for those at very top of society to remain in power.

It speaks of the control mechanisms privileged segments of society continually use to deny resources to the majority, predict consequential behaviour and the agencies they use to construct the propaganda model and enforce barriers.

It raises questions on the challenge we have to face to reconcile efficiencies afforded through automation on the one hand and the perpetual reduction of human capital on the other - it's a call to action for the millions in Western economies who will soon to be disenfranchised -

While at the same time if offers a running commentary on societal empowerment by digital disruption and the need to think toward empowering innovations for humans to satisfactorily enrich and promote the existence of the person, above the purely profit incentive and makes a clear distinction between those who believe social outcomes arrive by a few people at the top of society, from social value coming from below; with people taking revolutionary action on their own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Crawford Steel on 2 Jun 2004
Format: DVD
The Matrix is one of the best films I have seen in any category: this is not just a feast for sci-fi fans! The soundtrack is wonderful, a must have for anyone who likes lots of bass to drive to, and goes well with the fast action and kinky special effects.
The basic idea is that NEO (Keanu Reeves) is living the life he - and we - call normal, and looking frantically for something, anything, to reassure himself that there is more to life than a deadly boring 0900 to 1700 job and an antsy boss. On the side he works as a hacker, selling pirated programs, almost as an off-shoot of his searching of the Internet.
It all goes a little weird late one night when his computer starts talking back to him in a program that he never entered and can't control (no, he wasn't running Windows XP) and tells him to follow the white rabbit.
This is the start of his journey to escape from the Matrix, which he didn't know existed and never realised was only an illusion ...
This idea is really gripping, and the Matrix says it all, without needing the rest of the trilogy: you can watch it as a sci-fi movie, because it is a very good one, with excellent and ground-breaking special effects, for the action scenes (which are sheer, self-indulgent eye-candy for any martial arts enthusiasts) or read as much more into it as you care to put there: because the basic concept is intriguing. Everyone wants, first and foremost, to know who they are, and what is real ... how else to all those Internet survey sites survive? - and the Matrix, following Neo's search for just that, has something to tickle everyone right on that spot.
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