The Matrix

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Plot Synopsis: In the near future, a computer hacker named Neo (Keanu Reeves) discovers that all life on Earth may be nothing more than an elaborate facade created by a malevolent cyber-intelligence, for the purpose of placating us while our life essence is “farmed” to fuel the Matrix’s campaign of domination in the “real” world. He joins like-minded Rebel warriors Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) and Trinity (Carrie Ann Moss) in their struggle to overthrow the Matrix.

The Matrix is a science fiction/action film written and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski and starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano and Hugo Weaving. It was first released in the USA on March 31, 1999, and is the first entry in the Matrix series of films, comics, video games and animation.

The film describes a future in which the world is actually the Matrix, a simulated reality created by sentient machines in order to pacify, subdue and make use of the human population as an energy source by growing them and connecting them to the Matrix with cybernetic implants. It contains numerous references to the cyberpunk and hacker subcultures; philosophical and religious ideas, including Vedanta, messianism and Socratic, Cartesian, and Platonic idealism; and homages to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Hong Kong action movies and Japanese animation.

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5 thoughts on “The Matrix

  1. Although the Matrix is a lot of people like the movie Matrix, I have never been able to get into it to watch more than 5min. of it. Having to see it class didn’t change that for me. Sorry Adriane.

  2. Lets just say at this point, nine years later, it has been way over played. Even though, it was a incredible action-packed high special effect movie of its time. It just seems so tired now. The Matrix has the typical plot — the hero, the heroine, and the bad guy. They all get past the evil forced on humanity and live happily ever after. When the film was introduced the film effects of the slowed bullets was something unique. For some this will never get old but, after seeing it for the fifth time I will pass on the sixth.

  3. Sometimes I think people focus too much on the effects of the Matrix being overplayed rather than it’s messages. I recommend the Animatrix by the way, you get quite a few themes from the original movies and more. The multiple studios involved in it’s creation means it has a a variety of different styles and storytelling in it as well.

  4. Oh and speaking of the messianism with quasi-hacker/gamer subculture,the original “TRON” has quite abit of that as well. Though it’s a Disney movie so it’s not exactly complicated. I could see it having some influence on the themes that are in the Matrix.

  5. This move has a very interesting idea to it. I like the whole, the world we see may not be the real world, what is real?
    I do agree that this movie is over played and the ones that followed weren’t good at all.

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