The Matrix (1999)
Rated R for violence and for two darkly comic moments of gore. 2 hours, 16 minutes.
Publication date: Apr. 2, 1999
Review by Leonard Schwarz
Human beings have become, in short, the coppertops of the post-digital era, the energy that powers the powers-that-be.
Enter a fearless band of revolutionaries who live outside the matrix and who, with the assistance of some imaginative and rather amusing technology, periodically enter it. "Men in Black"-style cops try to kill them, asserting that the renegades are hackers who are spreading a dangerous virus that threatens the computer systems that support life on earth.
The problem with "The Matrix" is that the enormously talented Wachowski brothers, who wrote and directed it, think their playful premise has metaphysical implications.