The Matrix still has you: The lasting legacy of a cyberpunk masterpiece

GIZMODO, MARCH 2019

On Easter weekend 1999, The Matrix debuted in US cinemas. Written and directed by the Wachowskis, The Matrix starred Keanu Reeves as Neo, Carrie Anne Moss as Trinity, Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus and Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith. It was a box office hit, received widespread critical acclaim and went on to win four Academy Awards.

Two decades later and the film is still as smart, entertaining and rich in meaning as it was on opening day. Each rewatch can provide a deeper appreciation of not only its unique aesthetic and technical savvy, but also the numerous philosophical debates woven throughout including a prescient exploration of society’s relationship with technology.

On Easter weekend 1999, The Matrix debuted in US cinemas. Written and directed by the Wachowskis, The Matrix starred Keanu Reeves as Neo, Carrie Anne Moss as Trinity, Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus and Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith. It was a box office hit, received widespread critical acclaim and went on to win four Academy Awards.

Two decades later and the film is still as smart, entertaining and rich in meaning as it was on opening day. Each rewatch can provide a deeper appreciation of not only its unique aesthetic and technical savvy, but also the numerous philosophical debates woven throughout including a prescient exploration of society’s relationship with technology.

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