DVD 136 mins IMDB 8.6 (175,664 votes) top 250: #34
The Matrix
Warner Brothers (1999)
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(1999 )
Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
USA  /  English

Keanu Reeves Neo
Laurence Fishburne Morpheus
Carrie-Anne Moss Trinity
Hugo Weaving Agent Smith
Gloria Foster Oracle
Joe Pantoliano Cypher
Marcus Chong Tank
Paul Goddard Agent Brown
Robert Taylor Agent Jones
Julian "Sonny" Arahanga Apoc
Julian Arahanga Apoc
Matt Doran Mouse
Belinda McClory Switch
Anthony Ray Parker Dozer
David Aston Rhineheart
Marc Gray Choi

Director Andy Wachowski; Larry Wachowski
Producer Joel Silver
Writer Andy Wachowski; Larry Wachowski
Cinematography Bill Pope
Musician Jack Dangers; Don Davis; Rob Dougan; Chino Moreno; Hive
User Credit 1 Zach Staenberg
User Credit 2 Kym Barrett

What if virtual reality wasn't just for fun, but was being used to imprison you? That's the dilemma that faces mild-mannered computer jockey Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) in The Matrix. It's the year 1999, and Anderson (hacker alias: Neo) works in a cubicle, manning a computer and doing a little hacking on the side. It's through this latter activity that Thomas makes the acquaintance of Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), who has some interesting news for Mr. Anderson — none of what's 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 people's minds and created the illusion of a real world, while using their brains and bodies for energy, tossing them away like spent batteries when they're 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

Edition Details
Barcode 085391773726
Region Region 1
Chapters 38
Release Date 4/15/2003
Packaging Snap Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Behind-the-scenes Making of Documentary
Audio Commentary with:
    Actress: Carrie-Anne Moss
    Editor: Zach Staenberg
    Visual Effects Supervisor
Special Effects Documentaries
Alternate Behind-the-Scenes Angles
Music only Audio Track with Commentary
Interactive screenplay
"ARE YOU THE ONE?" Interactive Feature
Special Web Events
Link to Theatrical Website
Links to chat rooms on the Web
Original Essays
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Sci-fi violence and brief language.
User Text 2 Be Afraid Of The Future
Links All Movie Guide
DVD Empire
Amazon US

Trivia: The key of the beginning theme you hear at the beginning of every Matrix movie (rousing strings and horn blasts) ascends by one semitone with each movie. The Matrix starts in the key of E, Matrix Reloaded in F and Matrix Revolutions in the key of F-sharp. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: In the "dodge this" scene, Trinity's gun changes from a Beretta 92F to a Beretta 84F. (more)

[first lines]
[phone rings]
Cypher: Yeah.
Trinity: Is everything in place?
Cypher: You weren't supposed to relieve me.
Trinity: I know, but I felt like taking a shift.
Cypher: You like him, don't you? You like watching him.
Trinity: Don't be ridiculous.
Cypher: We're gonna kill him. You understand that?
Trinity: Morpheus believes he is the one.

Awards: Won 4 Oscars. Another 28 wins & 35 nominations (more)