Franchise Weekend – The Matrix (1999)

casting cardDirector: The Wachowski Brothers

Writer: The Wachowski Brothers (Screenplay)

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Gloria Foster, Joe Pantoliano, Marcus Chong, Julian Arahanga, Matt Doran


Plot: A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Stunning


Story: The Matrix starts as we follow Mr Anderson (Reeves) a computer tech guy who lives a double life as a computer hacker under the name Neo. When Agent Smith (Weaving) catches up with he is left with a choice, but there are two sides to the story as Morpheus (Fishburne) along with Trinity (Moss) want to recruit him too.

Neo agreeing to help Morpheus finds himself in the real world, a world controlled by Artificial Intelligence that feed of humans using The Matrix to keep everyone believing they are living a normal life. Enter into the real world Morpheus believes that Neo is ‘The One’ who can save the world from the ruin it has become, but can he handle himself inside the Matrix with Agent Smith on his tail.

The Matrix is one of those films that you would have heard about for years and amazingly it still comes off as one of the greatest most original stories in film history. The story took everything we knew and understood about computers and took it all to the next level. Think what Terminator was offering only with a complete story of destruction actually having happened. The story does have the generic if not enhanced version of the mentor student relationship coming through between Neo and Morpheus which all works well too.


Actor Review


Keanu Reeves: Neo believes he lives in the real world working as a computer programmer and moonlighting as a hacker which gets him noticed by both sides of a war. Neo gets taken to the real world controlled by Artificial Intelligence where he gets trained by Morpheus who believes he can stop the war. Neo really is a character that we need in this role because he is asking a lot of question that do need answering and once we get into the full story he is the ultimate reluctant hero. Keanu gives one if not the best performance of his career in this role.

Laurence Fishburne: Morpheus is the Captain of a ship resisting the war that has taken over the world, he has been searching for The One who can put a stop to it once and for all and Neo is his latest candidate. He is a good leader and teacher as we need mentor to help Neo through the world. Laurence is great in this performance which has fast become one of his most iconic.

Carrie-Anne Moss: Trinity is the lead fighter under Morpheus and the one who brings Neo through everything when he isn’t fully trained, she also ends up being a love interest for Neo. Carrie gives us one of the strongest female characters in sci-fi history.

Hugo Weaving: Agent Smith lives within the Matrix and has the ability to become any character within the Matrix as he hunts down the illegal programs inside the Matrix. Hugo makes for one of the most sinister and emotionless villains in any film.

Support Cast: The Matrix had a small supporting with Joe Pantoliano being the biggest impact in the overall story.

Director Review: The Wachowski BrothersThe brothers gave us one of the greatest sci-fi movies of the modern era of cinema.


Action: The Matrix has some of the most breath-taking action sequences we have seen when it comes to film, many of which have become parodied over time.

Sci-Fi: The Matrix puts us into a world where humans have been destroyed and reduced to fuel showing us a future that we could create.

Settings: The Matrix has two main settings one is within the Matrix the world we all know and live in, the second is the destroyed future world run by the robots using humans as fuel. The two settings work perfectly throughout the film.
Special Effects
: The Matrix has the special effects that just blew the audience away and 17 years later still haven’t dated a single bit.

Suggestion: The Matrix is one film I do think everyone should have seen at least once. (Must Watch)


Best Part: Slow motion scenes.

Worst Part: It really is hard to find one.

Action Scene Of The Film: Lobby scene.

Favourite Quote: Trinity ‘Dodge This’


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Has two.

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: Won 4 Oscars

Budget: $63 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 16 Minutes

Tagline: The Future Will Not Be User Friendly


Overall: One of the best sci-fi movies ever made plain and simple.





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