Neo (Keanu Reeves) believes that Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), an elusive figure considered to be the most dangerous man alive, can answer his question — What is the Matrix? Neo is contacted by Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), a beautiful stranger who leads him into an underworld where he meets Morpheus. They fight a brutal battle for their lives against a cadre of viciously intelligent secret agents. It is a truth that could cost Neo something more precious than his life.
Freedom fighters Neo (Keanu Reeves), Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) continue to lead the revolt against the Machine Army, unleashing their arsenal of extraordinary skills and weaponry against the systematic forces of repression and exploitation. In their quest to save the human race from extinction, they gain greater insight into the construct of The Matrix and Neo’s pivotal role in the fate of mankind.
In a dystopia overrun by robots, Neo (Keanu Reeves), mankind’s greatest hope, is trapped in a limbo world. Meanwhile, the majority of the planet’s population remains in a state of suspended virtual reality. The few humans who are cognizant of the grim realities of the world desperately try to hold off their mechanical enemies long enough for Neo to escape and save the day, but things turn disastrous when all-powerful computer program Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) arrives in the flesh.
Trinity is a magnificent creation, swooping and curling through the air in black liquefaction. She jabs and stings like a jellyfish, devastatingly sexy in a weirdly heterodox way and of course only naturally erotic in combat.
For fashion designers, the movie's look made for an opulent feast. ''The costumes' clean, straight lines, very pared down, dovetail with a renewed interest in minimalism,'' said Ed Burstell, general manager of Henri Bendel, the New York department store. ''When 'The Matrix' arrived, it hit with such an impact because it played into everyone's concern with what the next millennium would look like.'' That curiosity abated, but the influence of the movie's look persists.
It's a body of movie work that you actually can have a conversation about -- ambitious, audacious, boldly open to interpretation. And in a Hollywood cinema that otherwise seems completely surrendered to formula, this alone is reason to rejoice.
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