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Thumbnail for The Matrix (1999) The Matrix (1999)

Basics Critics:76Viewers:78Rusty:83
Category: Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery/Noir/Thriller, Sci-Fi/FantasyNotable as: Science FictionSub-Category: science fiction action film, thriller film, dystopian film, cyberpunk, action thrillerMain subject: hacker, telepresenceRuntime: 131 - 136 minutesColor: colorLanguage: EnglishCountry: United States, AustraliaFilming location: San Francisco, Sydney, AustraliaDirector: Andy Wachowski, Lana WachowskiScreenwriter: The WachowskisMusic: Don DavisCinematography: Bill PopeStars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Gloria Foster, Joe Pantoliano, Marcus Chong, Julian Arahanga, Matt Doran Producer: Joel SilverStudio: Village Roadshow Pictures, Warner Bros., Silver PicturesAwards won: Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Zach Staenberg)
Academy Award for Best Sound Editing
Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Academy Award for Best Visual Effects
National Film Registry
Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film
Award details: (details at IMDb)

The Matrix is a 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film written and directed by The Wachowskis, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano. It depicts a dystopian future in which reality as perceived by most humans is actually a simulated reality called "the Matrix", created by sentient machines to subdue the human population, while their bodies' heat and electrical activity are used as an energy source. Computer programmer "Neo" learns this truth and is drawn into a rebellion against the machines, which involves other people who have been freed from the "dream world". The Matrix is known for popularizing a visual effect known as "bullet time", in which the heightened perception of certain characters is represented by allowing the action within a shot to progress in slow-motion while the camera's viewpoint appears to move through the scene at normal speed. The film is an example of the cyberpunk science fiction genre.

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