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MPAA Rating - R

    136 Minutes

    Science Fiction

Original Release Date:
    Sep 21, 1999

    Andy Wachowski

    Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Gloria Foster, Joe Pantoliano

Movie Summary
What if virtual reality wasnt just for fun, but was being used to imprison you? Thats the dilemma that faces mild-mannered computer jockey Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) in The Matrix. Its the year 1999, and Anderson (hacker alias: Neo) works in a cubicle, manning a computer and doing a little hacking on the side. Its through this latter activity that Thomas makes the acquaintance of Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), who has some interesting news for Mr. Anderson -- none of whats going on around him is real. The year is actually closer to 2199, and it seems Thomas, like most people, is a victim of The Matrix, a massive artificial intelligence system that has tapped into peoples minds and created the illusion of a real world, while using their brains and bodies for energy, tossing them away like spent batteries when theyre through. Morpheus, however, is convinced Neo is The One who can crack open The Matrix and bring his people to both physical and psychological freedom. The Matrix is the second feature film from the sibling writer/director team of Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski, who made an impressive debut with the stylish erotic crime thriller Bound. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide


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