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3.9
22,029 Ratings

The Matrix

United States, Australia, 1999
Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy

Synopsis

Computer hacker Neo discovers that reality as we know it is a simulation used to control the human population. With this new knowledge he must join the rebellion to fight this, even if it means accepting a life of danger.

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The Matrix Directed by Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2000 | 4 wins including: Best Effects, Visual Effects

National Film Preservation Board

2012 | Winner: National Film Registry

Critics reviews

A pastiche of influences and references (Hong Kong action, Alice In Wonderland, anime, The Wizard Of Oz, body horror, etc., etc.) wrapped in greenish tints, undergrad philosophy and memorable special effects, the Wachowskis’ breakthrough became a cultural touchstone and a massive, influential box-office hit by striking an unlikely balance between style and substance.
October 05, 2017
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Yes, it’s silly, but never to the extent that it’s not in on the joke. There are moments when the seams are visible (sometimes literally) during certain effects, but the energy and enthusiasm outweigh any cheese. The philosophical aspects are dull bordering on stupid, but restrained enough to be easily ignored. It’s hard to separate how much of my enjoyment now comes from nostalgia, or genuine response to seeing a good film—but I haven’t been disillusioned by this revisit.
January 12, 2017
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The damn thing still holds up. Even now, after its dire sequels and its mostly blah imitators, The Matrix is a singular cinematic experience. It’s a mystery in which the object of pursuit is not a priceless antique or the solution to a murder but the human condition. It skips genres with the kind of ease with which its characters leap across buildings.
March 31, 2014
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