The Matrix (1999)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

USA, 1999, Village Roadshow Pictures, Groucho Film Partnership, Silver Pictures.  Screenplay by Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Nothing is what it seems in this cyberkinetic action thriller that grabs hold and never lets go.  plays a bottomfeeding computer hacker who goes from zero to hero when he pursues the myth of a world-class hack expert () and finds him. Discovering that he is a saviour of prophecy, Reeves ends up attempting to rescue mankind from evil computers bent on dominating the planet and using humans for their own personal gain. Andy and Larry (now Lana) Wachowski show major skill and finesse in directing this fascinating story, beginning with a brilliant screenplay and topped off by classy performances, beautiful production design and cutting edge visual effects that look great and never take away from the movie’s dramatic power.  has a great starmaking role as the hip chick who helps Reeves on his quest, and is delectably menacing as the villainous machines’ human representation. You’ll love falling through the looking glass with this one.

Academy Awards:  Best Visual Effects; Best Film Editing; Best Sound; Best Sound Effects Editing

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