The Matrix is a science-fiction/action film first released in the USA on March 31, 1999, written and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski. It stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving. It has developed a strong following as a renowned Generation X/Generation Y classic.
The film describes a world in which the Matrix is
reality created by sentient
machines in order to pacify, subdue and make use of the human population
as an energy source by growing them and connecting them to the Matrix with cybernetic implants.
It contains numerous references to philosophical and religious ideas,
subculture, and homages to Hong
Kong action movies, Japanese
animation and cyberpunk.