- Actors: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Gloria Foster
- Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
- Writers: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
- Producers: Andrew Mason, Barrie M. Osborne, Bruce Berman, Carol Hughes
- Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
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- Studio: Warner Home Video
- Release Date: May 15 2007
- Run Time: 136 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 2,784 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000P0J0AQ
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Set in the 22nd century, The Matrix tells of a computer hacker (Reeves) who joins a group of underground insurgents fighting the vast and powerful computers who now rule the earth. The computers are powered by human beings...
By following up their debut thriller Bound with the 1999 box-office smash The Matrix, the codirecting Wachowski brothers--Andy and Larry--annihilated any suggestion of a sophomore jinx, crafting one of the most exhilarating sci-fi/action movies of the 1990s. Set in the not too distant future in an insipid, characterless city, we find a young man named Neo (Keanu Reeves). A software techie by day and a computer hacker by night, he sits alone at home by his monitor, waiting for a sign, a signal--from what or whom he doesn't know--until one night, a mysterious woman named Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) seeks him out and introduces him to that faceless character he has been waiting for: Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne). A messiah of sorts, Morpheus presents Neo with the truth about his world by shedding light on the dark secrets that have troubled him for so long: "You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad." Ultimately, Morpheus illustrates to Neo what the Matrix is--a reality beyond reality that controls all of their lives, in a way that Neo can barely comprehend.
Neo thus embarks on an adventure that is both terrifying and enthralling. Pitted against an enemy that transcends human concepts of evil, Morpheus and his team must train Neo to believe that he is the chosen champion of their fight. With mind-boggling, technically innovative special effects and a thought-provoking script that owes a debt of inspiration to the legacy of cyberpunk fiction, this is much more than an out-and-out action yarn; it's a thinking man's journey into the realm of futuristic fantasy, a dreamscape full of eye candy that will satisfy sci-fi, kung fu, action, and adventure fans alike. Although the film is headlined by Reeves and Fishburne--who both turn in fine performances--much of the fun and excitement should be attributed to Moss, who flawlessly mixes vulnerability with immense strength, making other contemporary female heroines look timid by comparison. And if we were going to cast a vote for most dastardly movie villain of 1999, it would have to go to Hugo Weaving, who plays the feckless, semipsychotic Agent Smith with panache and edginess. As the film's box-office profits soared, the Wachowski brothers announced that The Matrix is merely the first chapter in a cinematically dazzling franchise--a chapter that is arguably superior to the other sci-fi smash of 1999 (you know... the one starring Jar Jar Binks). --Jeremy Storey--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product description
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Matrix Revolutions has just come out on DVD. After the Matrix, Reloaded and Revolutions had a lot to live up to, and got absolutely slated in the press. I've been reading reviews for the DVD of Revolutions, and some of them have been very misleading - particularly one, which said it had no DVD extras. A sure sign of a reviewer not being able to be bothered to check out their facts first, when in fact, it's a 2-disc set, with a lot of extras.
Anyway, I just wanted to have a small rant about that :) before continuing. I have to rant to someone.
There's a lot of hard work put into the filming of the Matrix, as you can see just by watching it. Before filming, the main actors spent time with martial arts experts learning the fight movies, from October 1997-March 1998. Funnily enough, the actors thought originally this would only take a few weeks! Carrie Anne Moss was so afraid that she would get recast when she twisted her ankle, that she kept it quiet, which must have been extemely difficult!
There are many references that the Wachowski brothers have included in this, from comic books, to movies, to people! There are quite a few references to Alice In Wonderland; the traitor is called Reagan, and wants to become someone important and remember nothing when he leaves the Matrix, which could refer to former US President Ronald Reagan; when Neo is in the elevator to go and see the Oracle, he can see KYM carved into the wall, which refers to Kym Barrett, a costumer designer; and Neo's room number is 101 and Room 101 was the place in George Orwell's book "1984" where people were sent to be tortured and would end up believing something that wasn't true. (!)
Apparently, principal photography wrapped at 1:01am with the scene where the characters are inside the wall, climbing down. Principal photography took 25 weeks/118 days.
Before the Matrix, Keanu Reeves hadn't really had a major box office hit since maybe Speed in 1994. And there were a couple of good films inbetween that didn't get the recognition they deserved! :) But the Matrix trilogy has really propelled him to stardom, but no doubt, he'll leave it all behind now, and do some more 'bad' films.
I suppose everyone will always say this is the best of the trilogy. But once you have the first, you have to get the rest just to complete the trilogy. It's ridiculous to have 2 out of 3, or 1 of 3. The bit I hate about the whole movie, is the use of guns. They're overly used, and overall, guns are way overused in movies these days. But that's just my opinion.
The three main themes in the film are
1) humans have created computers, machines which become the rulers,i.e. control human beings. It seems like a forewarning ...
2) find your own path, get in touch with your belief system,
remain true to your values,
3) freedom means taking a chance, not knowing the outcome. It is sets human beings apart from the rest of creation. Taking risks, not knowing the future, THIS IS LIFE
There are phenomenal scenes involving kung fu and ju jitsu ... the realm of getting in touch with one's inner self is explored. There is an "esoteric" side throughout the film. When Neo is to meet with "the Oracle" a prophetess, Morpheus says words to this effect to Neo: "I can show you the door. Feel your mind. I can only show you how - you are the one who has to walk through it." Another memorable statment is "To deny our own impulse is to deny the very thing that makes us human". In another scene there is a young boy, who looks like he is within a Zen temple, bending spoons through with his mind or thoughts. The youngster says to Neo: "Do not try to bend the spoon. Only realize there is no spoon. You will realize, it is you that is bending ... not the spoon." When a human being dies within the computer program ... their physical body dies, too. The reason given "without the mind, the body is dead." One of the Agents named Smith, says to Neo: "Every mammal on the planet develops balance, except human beings, you consume and mulitply ... there is only one other organism that does that ... a virus. Human beings are a disease". Essentially it is a warning, do not get so out of balance,out of touch with reality, that you destroy yourself, and the planet ...
This thoroughly enjoyable film has artistic, entertainment and philosophical/humanistic value. It explores many facets of human behavior and the meaning & purpose of life. Highly recommended. Erika Borsos (erikab93)
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