Perception: The Everyday World is Real. Reality: That World is a hoax, an elaborate deception spun by all-powerful machines of artificial intelligence that control us. Mind blowing stunts. Techno-slamming visuals. Megakick action. Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne lead the fight to free humankind in The Matrix, the cyber thriller that you will watch again and again. Written and Directed by the Wachowski brothers (Bound), the story sears, the special effects stake out new movie-making territory – the movie leaves you breathless.
This stylish thriller, set in a virtual world, is largely held together by superb effects and action sequences. However, that's not all there is to The Matrix. Both the plot, and Keanu Reeves' performance as Neo, work well enough to make this a good film.
This is one of the 20 films that you have to watch. It is as much of a sci-fi classic as The Good, The Bad and the Ugly is a western classic. The plot is so original and so complex that any description would both spoil it and be inadequate. If you haven't seen this already this is compulsory.
An old theme, man-v-machine, reworked. I guess I would have rated this film higher if I had seen it on release - I gather it was ground-breaking for its time. I thought it a trifle tedious and lacking in human warmth - the characters are secondary to the needs of the plot. The central love affair - if it can be called such - seems to be an after-thought. The special effects are impressive and the storyline keeps up the interest for most of the time but I shan't be watching the sequels. For me, this film is more of historical interest than memorable.
It’s hard to believe the Matrix is ten years old, as its influence remains as strong as ever. While the overlooked and superb Dark City may have hit cinemas first, it was the Matrix’s tale of a futuristic society that caught the imagination of a generation. The cool characters, groundbreaking effects, including the bullet time technique that was copied by everyone else, backed up plentiful supply of weaponry and stylish environments. The Wachowski brothers set the benchmark so high here, that despite the majority of the cast returning for the sequels they failed to hit these heights again.