The Wachowskis' mind-bending, bullet-dodging existentialist action movie posited that observable reality is really a virtual reality, generated by a massive computer program that keeps humans enslaved to AI overlords. Computer hacker Keanu Reeves, aka "Neo," is recruited by a cadre of rebels, led by the mysterious Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), to help them liberate humankind. Could Neo in fact be "the One"? Wildly mixing and mashing up various references from myth, religion and philosophy with cyberpunk science fiction, Chinese martial arts cinema and Japanese anime, the film was a sensation upon release, a stylish and buzzy blockbuster that has become an enduring pop cultural reference point. With Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano and Hugo Weaving as "Agent Smith." DIR/SCR Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski; PROD Joel Silver. U.S., 1999, color, 136 min. RATED R
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