The Matrix (1999)
Critic Consensus: Thanks to the Wachowskis' imaginative vision, The Matrix is a smartly crafted combination of spectacular action and groundbreaking special effects.
|Rating:||R (for sci-fi violence and brief language)|
|Genre:||Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||The Wachowski Brothers, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, Larry Wachowski|
|Written By:||Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski|
|In Theaters:||Mar 31, 1999 Wide|
|On DVD:||Sep 21, 1999|
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Critic Reviews for The Matrix
A technologically stunning movie that furthers the genre and features crowd-pleasing performances to go with the frequent scenes of gunplay and violence.
Extremely violent, extremely preposterous, extremely entertaining, The Matrix succeeds at two extremely difficult tasks: as a vast, exciting virtual-reality movie and as a defibrillator for Keanu Reeves' big screen career.
The movie is nonsense, but it does achieve a brazenly chic high style -- black-on-black, airborne, spasmodic.
The Wachowskis and cinematographer Bill Pope take advantage of currently available technical trickery to create visually distinct levels of reality while setting high-speed cameras in motion to make the action sequences particularly dynamic and fluid.
Where other films are done in by the freedom offered by computer effects, The Matrix integrates them beautifully.
Audience Reviews for The Matrix
A mind-blowing modern classic that feeds the mind with thought-provoking philosophical ideas about what reality is and will always be remembered as a major breakthrough in Cinema with its combination of innovative visual effects, thrilling action and iconic religious references.
By far my favourite of the matrix trilogy.
Its fast paced, action packed and really interesting to watch.
Its a great concept and an interesting storyline that i thoroughly enjoyed.
its a great sci-fi thats worth the watch.
saw one of cinema's greatest achievements, 'Plan 9 from Outer Space'. Widely regarded as the worst film of all time, it featured a plot unrivalled in absurdity.
Then came 'The Matrix'. Apparently robots (or space zombies, or some variety of scary CGI monsters) have enslaved humanity, and are harvesting them for energy. To keep their living batteries entertained the robo-zombies (or space alligators, it doesn't really matter) have created a giant computer game called 'the Matrix'. With a devil-may-care disregard for the first law of thermodynamics, this game runs on the energy of the people it simulates.
But some of these people break out of the computer game and live in a rusty metal bucket and eat gruel. Being heroes, they plan to overthrow their demon-squid robot overlords and free humanity, so they can all live in rusty metal buckets and eat gruel. There are some philosophical pretensions and religious references in there, but these are too simplistic and crass to be worth going any deeper into.
Keanu Reeves gives a very believable performance of bad acting, while the rest of the cast mince around in sunglasses and trench-coats, delivering dialogue which serves no other purpose than carrying the plot.
The first fifteen minutes of this film are quite watchable, which is why I am giving it a generous 1 1/2 stars 10-04-01 (Updated)
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