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The Matrix [1999]

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Director:Andy Wachowski
Lana Wachowski
Writer:Andy Wachowski
Lana Wachowski
Composer:Don Davis
Length:136 minutes
(2 hours 16 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Suggested Event Use:Friday 13
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:8.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:68%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A hacker learns that the life he thought he knew was nothing more than a computer induced dream.


Reaction: This movie has become cliche, but it very much changed the industry.


Personal Rating: 8/10

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Andy Wachowski => Director / Writer
Lana Wachowski => Director / Writer
Don Davis => Composer
Ada Nicodemou => Dujour (White Rabbit Girl)
Anthony Ray Parker => Dozer
Belinda McClory => Switch
Carrie-Anne Moss => Trinity
Fiona Johnson => Woman in Red
Gloria Foster => Oracle
Hugo Weaving => Agent Smith
Joe Pantoliano => Cypher
Julian Arahanga => Apoc
Keanu Reeves => Neo
Laurence Fishburne => Morpheus
Marcus Chong => Tank
Matt Doran => Mouse
Paul Goddard => Agent Brown
Robert Taylor => Agent Jones
Rowan Witt => Spoon Boy

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • According to Lana Wachowski, for the slow-mo bullet ripple effects, Sound Designer Dane A. Davis put bullets on strings and whirl them around his studio. Also he digitized raindrops against window panes to create the sound of the Matrix code.
  • Wachowski Bros. simply described Trinity as a woman in black leather in the script, but it was interpreted tremendously by costume designer [?] Kym Barrett.
  • For the cell phone conversation scene between Neo and Morpheus in the Meta Cortechs office Keanu Reeves actually climbed up the window without a stuntman, which was 34 floors up.
  • Sets from the film Dark City, including rooftops, buildings and others exteriors sets, were used in this film. The rooftops that Trinity runs across at the beginning of the film are the same ones that John Murdoch runs across in Dark City.
  • Carrie-Anne Moss twisted her ankle while shooting one of her scenes but decided not to tell anyone until after filming, so they wouldn't re-cast her.
  • Before filming, the principal actors spent four months with martial arts experts learning the fight moves, from October 1997 to March 1998. The actors had originally thought that it would take just a few weeks.
  • Nicolas Cage turned down the part of Neo because of family commitments.
  • Will Smith was approached to play Neo, but turned down the offer in order to star in Wild Wild West. He later admitted in an interview with Wired magazine that, at the time, he "wasn't smart enough as an actor".
  • Ewan McGregor was offered, but turned down, the part of Neo to work on Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. Leonardo DiCaprio was also considered for the role of Neo. As was Tom Cruise.
  • The hotel and room number where Neo has to pick up the phone to get out of the Matrix (at the end) are the same where Trinity awaits the police in the beginning of the movie.