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At Theaters: 3/31/1999 On Video: 9/21/1999
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 15 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 049902
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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A universe is run by computes using human beings as batteries for bio-electrical energy. This "people power" fuels the artificial intelligence known as The Matrix, which has created a virtual reality to make its inhabitants think they are living happy, creative, productive lives. But in reality, they are only providing the energy that keeps The Matrix going.

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Futuristic Action Thriller - The Matrix is a science-fiction/action film heavy on special effects. It will certainly appeal primarily to a male audience, which will be extremely satisfied by the level of action and the creativity of the action sequences. Female viewers and older viewers will probably be far less interested, though the complex, inventive premise may be interesting enough for many viewers. A typically paced film for a teen and young male audience, but much more energetic and original than most.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Keanu Reeves (The Devil's Advocate)
Laurence Fishburne (Event Horizon)
Carrie-Anne Moss (Sabotage)
Hugo Weaving (The Interview)
Joe Pantoliano (Bound)
Wri/Dir: Wachowski Bros. (Bound)
Producer: Joel Silver (Lethal Weapon 4)
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About The Production
Groundbreaking Martial Arts & Wire Work
Capturing The Action
Creatures & The World of the Matrix
Locations & Sets
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PROFANITY: Moderately strong and fairly frequent
SEX/NUDITY: No nudity or sexual content
VIOLENCE: Extensive gunplay and hand-to-hand combat
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: One scene of alcohol consumption
ACTION: Chases, fight scenes and explosions
COMEDY: Situational, ironic humor

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Critic's Review Heading
Very Good
The Matrix is only the first of several virtual-reality-themed films in 1999, but it may turnout to be the best. Keanu Reeves is (surprisingly) well-cast in a complex science-fiction thriller from writer/directors Andy and Larry Wachowski. The premise requires a certain amount of exposition in the first half which slows the story down, but once it gets going it explodes with energy and invention. Viewers who are used to action equalling stupidity will be surprised by the level of wit in The Matrix, an alternate universe worth plugging in to.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 113 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
Very High
13-19Teens (F)
20-29Yg Adults (M)
20-29Yg Adults (F)
30+Adults (M)
Fairly High
30+Adults (F)
Fairly High
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There are two realities: one that consists of the life we live every day - and one that lies behind it.

One is a dream. The other is The Matrix.

Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream, Neo? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world."

Neo (KEANU REEVES) is desperately seeking the truth about The Matrix -something he's heard of only in whispers - something mysterious and unknown -something, Neo is certain, that has unimaginable and sinister control over his life.

What is The Matrix?

Neo believes that Morpheus (LAURENCE FISHBURNE), a person he knows only through legend, an elusive figure considered to be the most dangerous man alive, can give him the answer.

All I am offering is the Truth.

One night, Neo is contacted by Trinity (CARRIE-ANNE MOSS), a beautiful stranger who leads him into another world, an underworld where at last he meets Morpheus and learns for himself the truth about The Matrix.

No one can be told what The Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself

There, Neo faces another question, as startling as the first:

Is he The One?

Before he even understands what that means, Neo is certain the answer is "no." Some, like Morpheus' colleague Cypher (JOE PANTOLIANO), agree. Others are not so sure.

There are also those who protect The Matrix. Led by the relentless and literally indomitable Agent Smith (HUGO WEAVING), they have methods of gathering information that astound and terrify.

What good is a phone call if you are unable to speak?

Neo, Morpheus and Trinity must battle brutally for their lives against this viciously powerful cadre to find the answers they seek, to understand their own roles in the epic drama unfolding around them, to learn their true power and to recognize their destinies.

Guns. Lots of guns.

Every move, every second, every thought is crucial if they are to free themselves from The Matrix and the existence it represents.

Free your mind.

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