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"It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to hide the truth ... a prison for your mind."

Anderson (Keanu Reeves) is a programmer, spending his days in an anonymous, grey cubicle. By night he is Neo, guilty of every computer crime on the books.

Neo doesn't believe in fate, because he likes to be in control. But can he ever be?

In the grey-green city there are many secrets; and in cyber space, there are stories of Morpheous, and others like himself. When the superhuman Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) contacts him, Neo is questioned by Agents (Hugo Weaving), impassively-faced, suited characters who affect dark glasses and anachronistic ear pieces. That night, Trinity takes him to Morpheous (Laurence Fishburne.

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"Buckle your seat belt Dorothy, because Kansas is going bye-bye."

Neo is falling down the rabbit hole, and like Alice he has a choice, a blue pill to take him home, a red will take him to the truth.

And what a truth it is. A post-apocalyptic science fiction nightmare where he learns the way most of my students want to be taught -- direct plug to the brain.

In a well-balanced marriage of special effects (including computer animation) and wire stunts we discover with Neo the possibilities of manipulating the matrix.

In the process, the audience is treated to an extraordinary ballet of martial arts and pyrotechnic bullet-strewn mayhem. The actors get to merge the black leather clad strike-a-pose with acrobatic martial arts sequences choreographed by Yuen Wo Ping. They spent four months learning Kung Fu and training for their roles, and the result is the best blend of story, photography and action that I've seen.

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Movie Still, Laurence Fishburne as Morpheous in The Matrix
Keanu and Carrie-Anne get to redefine the classic John Woo (Face/Off) two-gun shoot-outs in scenes that prove that gun battles can be portrayed with style and humour.

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Movie Still, Carrie-Anne Moss in The Matrix
The Matrix is a co-production, made in Sydney, Australia. Watch for the harbour bridge at the end of the street towards the end of the film. The sfx are a credit to the local techos.

This film is a keeper, enjoy it on the big screen, and put aside your pennies for the video/DVD. The attention to detail and the characterisation and performances make this film the best action flick released in a long time.

I look forward to what Messrs Wachowski will give us next.

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Ali Kayn


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Due for Australian release April 8, 1999

For credits and official site details, see below
See also: Keanu Reeves also appears in Parenthood, The Devil's Advocate, Chain Reaction, Feeling Minnesota
Laurence Fishburne also appears in Hoodlum, Just Cause, Class Action, and Event Horizon
Joe Pantoliano (Cypher) also appears in U.S. Marshals, The Fugitive, Taxman, Bound, and Risky Business
Hugo Weaving also appears in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Welcome to Woop, Woop, The Interview, and Bedrooms and Hallways
Larry & Andy Wachowski also wrote/directed Plastic Man, and Bound
Joel Silver also produced Lethal Weapon 4, Demolition Man, Die Hard, and Conspiracy Theory
Barrie M. Osborne also produced Face/Off, China Moon and Peggy Sue Got Married
Andrew Mason also produced Dark City
Star Wars: The End of an Era

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Title: The Matrix (1999)
Written by: Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski
Directed by: Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski
Produced by: Joel Silver, Barrie M. Osborne, Andrew Mason, Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski
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The Players: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Joe Pantoliano, Hugo Weaving
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