The Matrix

Warner Bros. Released 1999



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Andy Wachowski , Larry Wachowski

The Matrix is a film about computer hacker Neo who joins rebel warriors Morpheus and Trinity to fight against an artificially intelligent robotic race that have created an elaborate facade of Earth called The Matrix. Neo learns that life on Earth is an illusion created by malevolent cyber-intelligence. Our world is a simulated reality, and our bodies become batteries for the machine that creates it. Neo is chosen to join a rebellion of people who have freed themselves from the dream world, because their leader Morpheus believes that Neo is "the one" with the gift to manipulate the Matrix.

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A wildly cinematic futuristic thriller that is determined to overpower the imagination, The Matrix combines traditional science-fiction premises with spanking new visual technology...

  • 70

    The New York Times

    The martial arts stunts that are its single strongest selling point.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    An eye-popping but incoherent extravaganza of morphing and superhuman martial arts.

  • Author of the Matrix Sophia Stewart---a Black Woman

    The reason you have not seen any of this in the media is because Warner Brothers parent company is AOL-Time Warner. this GIANT owns 95 percent of the media let me give you a clue as to what they own in the media business New York Times papers/magazines, LA Times papers/magazines, People Magazine, CNN news, Extra, Celebrity Justice, Entertainment Tonight, HBO, New Line Cinema, DreamWorks, Newsweek, Village Roadshow and many, many more! They are not going to report on themselves. They have been suppressing my case for

    Author wins The Matrix Copyright Infringement Case

    This little known story has met a just conclusion, as Sophia Stewart, African American author of The Matrix will finally receive her just due from the copyright infringement of her original work!!!

    A six-year dispute has ended involving Sophia Stewart, the Wachowski Brothers, Joel Silver and Warner Brothers. Stewart's allegations, involving copyright infringement and racketeering, were received and acknowledged by the Central District of California, Judge Margaret Morrow presiding.

    Stewart, a New Yorker who has resided in Salt Lake City for the past five years, will recover damages from the films, The Matrix I, II and III, as well as The Terminator and its sequels. She will soon receive one of the biggest payoffs in the history of Hollywood , as the gross receipts of both films and their sequels total over 2.5 billion dollars.

    Stewart filed her case in 1999, after viewing the Matrix, which she felt had been based on her manuscript, 'The Third Eye,' copyrighted in 1981. In the mid-eighties Stewart had submitted her manuscript to an ad placed by the Wachowski Brothers, requesting new sci-fi works..

    According to court documentation, an FBI investigation discovered that more than thirty minutes had been edited from the original film, in an attempt to avoid penalties for copyright infringement. The investigation also stated that 'credible witnesses employed at Warner Brothers came forward, claiming that the executives and lawyers had full knowledge that the work in question did not belong to the Wachowski These witnesses claimed to have seen Stewart's original work and that it had been 'often used during preparation of the motion The defendants tried, on several occasions, to have Stewart's case dismissed, without success.

    Stewart has confronted skepticism on all sides, much of which comes from Matrix fans, who are strangely loyal to the Wachowski Brothers. One on-line forum, entitled Matrix Explained has an entire section devoted to Stewart. Some who have researched her history and writings are open to her story.

    Others are suspicious and mocking. 'It doesn't bother me,' said Stewart in a phone interview last week, 'I always knew what was

    Sophia Stewart Finally Gets Her Day in court June 25, 2014 and the damages are worth $15 Million Dollars ($4.9 x 3 = $15). Criminal

    Some fans, are unaware of the case or they question its legitimacy, due to the fact that it has received little to no media coverage. Though the case was not made public until October of 2003, Stewart has her own explanationmoreless
  • The Ultimate Movie Review! -- @tss5078

    It's been over 10 years since I've seen the Matrix, and to be completely honest with you, back then, I didn't really get it the way I did this time. When the film was made it was a huge risk for the production company, as it was extremely expensive, and featured a first a time Director, using a new kind of computerized effects. 15 years later and the film is considered to be one of the best science fiction movies ever made. For those unfamiliar with the story, it takes place 200 years in the future, a time where machines have taken control of the planet and 99% of humans live in blissful ignorance, as pawns in stasis, living out there lives in a dreamworld called the Matrix. The other 1% know the truth and will do whatever it takes to defeat the machines. The crew of the Nebuchadnezzar leads the charge, following an ancient prophecy, that says they will one day discover a human with extraordinary abilities, that will lead to the destruction of the Matrix. That man is named Neo and is played by Keanu Reeves, in what many consider to be his crowning achievement. Reeves is often put down for being too dark and emotionless in his roles, but that is exactly what the role of Neo calls for, making Reeves the perfect choice to play him. Reeves is paired with veteran actor Laurence Fishburne, who as Morpheus, is like the pope of this new world. He is the one who discovered the prophecy and who risks everything for Neo. The story of the Matrix is one of the most original to come alone in decades, featuring a perfectly cast group of actors, who are aided by special effects, the likes of which had never been seen before. These effects are common place in 2014, but were unheard of in 1999, and really helped cement the reputation of this classic. The Matrix may not be the perfect movie and in fact, a lot of people won't understand it, but it's a film that people will be watching 200 years from now, when the events of the film supposedly take place.moreless
  • Awesome

    This movie came completely under the radar. I went to see this at the cinema expecting an average, forgettable movie... it was anything but forgettable. It blew my mind so much so that I had to go and see it the following night to figure out what was going on, I wasn't prepared for the complexity and being a martial arts fan, the fights were very well choreographed and a joy to watch, especially considering the main characters had no previous skills. The pre-bullet-time effects were also brand new and had never been seen before, unfortunately they have been copied so much in so many different movies that their effect has diminished greatly.

    In it's day this was revolutionary, 15 years unsurpassed, but I have to say... I would take the blue pill.moreless
  • about the film

    It had great film editing, sound effects editing, sound mixing and visual effects.
  • what the heck

    I'm sorry, but the so called creativity that this movie supposedly holds just isn't their. The matrix rips off two classic sci fi films. The terminator with its machines rule turning out to be the truth of the world, and Tron with the computer world. The thing about humans being turned into batteries is just weird and unexplored. If they wanted to save the world, why not try to find a way to free them from their little baskets and not always have to duke it out with Hugo Weaving( whose the only reason to watch this movie anyway). Also, too much action. I mean they go overboard with that. I can think of other 90s sci fi that you could see other than this. Stargate and total recall come to mind.moreless

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    • Production Budget - $63,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $171,479,930 (5th)
      Worldwide Gross - $463,517,383 (4th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $275,448,077
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $744,547,607

    • Other Production Companies:
      Village Roadshow Pictures
      Silver Pictures
      Groucho II Film Partnership

    • Filming locations include:
      Chippendale, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
      Nashville, Tennessee
      Broken Bay, New South Wales, Australia
      Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
      Rozelle, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
      San Francisco, California
      Waterloo, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
      Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

    • Academy Awards Wins:
      1. Film Editing
      2. Sound
      3. Visual Effects
      4. Sound Effects Editing

    • Taglines:
      1. Welcome to the Real World.
      2. Free your mind.
      3. The Future Will Not Be User Friendly.
      4. Perception: Our day-in, day-out world is real. Reality: That world is a hoax, an elaborate deception spun by all-powerful machines of artificial intelligence that control us. Whoa.
      5. The Future isn't user friendly...
      6. The World's population thinks it's real. On March 31st, they will see the "Real World".
      7. Remember there is no spoon.
      8. The Matrix has you.
      9. The Fight for the Future Begins.
      10. Be Afraid Of The Future.
      11. Believe the unbelievable.
      12. Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.
      13. Reality is a thing of the past.
      14. What is The Matrix?
      15. In a world of 1s and 0s...are you a zero, or The One?

    • Music:
      Dissolved Girl
      Written by Robert del Naja, Grant Marshall, Mushroom Vowles,
      Sara J., and Matt Schwartz
      Performed by Massive Attack
      Dragula (Hot Rod Herman Mix)
      Written by Rob Zombie and Scott Humphrey
      Performed by Rob Zombie
      Leave You Far Behind (Lunatics Roller Coaster Mix)
      Written by Simon Shackleton and Howard Saunders
      Performed by Lunatic Calm
      Written by Liam Howlett
      Performed by The Prodigy (as Prodigy)
      Prime Audio Soup
      Written by Jack Dangers and C. Dodd
      Performed by Meat Beat Manifesto
      Clubbed To Death (Kurayamino Mix)
      Written by Rob Dougan
      Performed by Rob Dougan
      Minor Swing
      Written by Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli
      Performed by Django Reinhardt
      Begin the Run
      Written by Jimmie Haskell
      I'm Beginning to See the Light
      Written by Duke Ellington, Don George, Johnny Hodges, and Harry James
      Performed by Duke Ellington
      Spybreak (Short One)
      Written by Alex Gifford
      Performed by The Propellerheads
      My Own Summer
      Performed by Deftones
      Wake Up
      Written by Zack De La Rocha, Brad Wilk, Tim Commerford, and Tom Morello
      Performed by Rage Against the Machine
      Rock is Dead
      Written by Marilyn Manson, Jeordie White, and Madonna Wayne Gacy
      Performed by Marilyn Manson


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mind bending moves, fake reality, secrets and lies, pondering life, destiny