The Matrix (1999)
The world we live in is not real. It is a fabricated computer program designed to keep us as slaves and our minds happy. The real world is some 1,000 years in the future where the world is run by machines and computers, and they “grow” humans as fuel/energy sources. Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), captain of the Nebakanezer, believes that Neo (Keanu Reeves) is “the one” that can save them from the machines and sends his top agent, Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), to recruit Neo from inside the Matrix and convert him to live in the real world. Mr. Anderson as he is known by in the Matrix, Neo agrees to join Morpheus only to be told by the Oracle he is not “the one,” but he keeps that secret and decides to try for his team and fight against his biggest threat, Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving).
Appearing on my personal top 100 list, The Matrix was a huge game changer in the world of movies when it came out in 1999. The style, action and especially the special effects were something few had every seen before. The scene at the beginning where Trinity jumps in the air and the camera spins has been recreated many times since, showing just how much impact the camera work has had on the industry. The story is one of a kind and spurred 2 sequels that continued Neo’s story and created it into the trilogy we know today. It’s odd to think that Will Smith turned down the lead role and Keanu Reeves was low on the list of choices at the beginning, but he sure played the part and looked stylish doing it. If you haven’t seen the Matrix, this is one you need to see as one of the milestones in film. It did for special effects in 1999 what Avatar did for special effects in 2009.
10/10 Stars – Sleek, Sexy and Stylish. Milestone in special effects that ushered in the 21st century.
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