The Matrix

4. The Matrix

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The Wachowskis took an allegorical, Christ-like character, “Neo,” and placed him inside a world inside of a computer.  His disciples consisted of uzi-blasting martial artists dressed in sunglasses and tight, shiny black clothing. While the sequels have divided fans, none can dispute the genre-defining success that is 1999’s The Matrix.  A computer programmer living a mundane existence learns he’s the savior of a much larger reality than he ever fathomed. What follows are ground-breaking special effects that essentially take a basic plot and make it extraordinary. It made the career of star Keanu Reeves and allowed the directors to pursue passion projects like Jupiter Ascending, Speed Racer, and Cloud Atlas.  Producing sequels aren’t easy, but the filmmakers made two for wide-release in 2003 with The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.  The franchise also inspired a spin-off animation series.

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