On The Subject: Of The Matrix

Time to plug-in and connect to The Matrix as we enter this franchise of films covering bullet time, high concept plots and killer action in these kinetic movies. Jumping back to 1999 and look at the lasting impact The Matrix has had on cinema and M. Anderson himself, Keanu Reeves.

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

Directors: Lana Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers), Lilly Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers)

Writers: Lilly Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers), Lana Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers)

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss | See full cast & crew »

BOX OFFICE Released March 31 1999

Budget: $63 Million

Domestic: $171 million

Foreign: $292 Million

Cumulative: $463.5 Million

Opening Weekend: $27.7 Million

Opened #1 run 25 weeks

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The actors and actresses of the film were required to be able to understand and explain The Matrix. Simulacra and Simulation was required reading for most of the principal cast and crew. Keanu Reeves stated that the Wachowskis had him read Simulacra and Simulation, Out of Control, and Evolutionary Psychology even before they opened up the script, and eventually he was able to explain all the philosophical nuances involved. Carrie-Anne Moss commented that she had difficulty with this process.

  • Simulacra and Simulation examine the relationships between reality, symbols, and society, in particular the significations and symbolism of culture and media involved in constructing an understanding of shared existence.


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