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The Matrix is a science-fiction movie made in 1999 by the production companies Warner Brothers, Village Roadshow Pictures, Groucho II Film Partnership, and Silver Pictures, and directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski — credited as "The Wachowski Brothers." The stars are Keanu Reeves (famous for the "Sad Keanu" Internet meme), Hugo Weaving (most recently famous for his role in Captain America as the Red Skull), and Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss — two actors whose most notable roles are (to my knowledge anyway) their respective roles in this film. In terms of money, about 63 million went in and about 463 million came out — it did pretty well, and it did so with what is, in my humble opinion, good reason.

I'm going to keep it simple here: The Matrix is a good movie. I can speak to its goodness subjectively from a personal standpoint (read: I really enjoyed it), and I can tell you why in detail. First, it's got fight scenes, and they're really cool! Why are they cool? First, because the combatants involved are nearly always super-powered, and super-powered fights are always cooler than the alternative. These combatants usually have a typical "good guy/bad guy" dynamic between them — satisfying from a plot standpoint. These fights usually incorporate special effects that are, across the board, executed in a manner that is both convincing, especially considering that this movie was produced in the nineties and executed to a high standard of professionalism. Altogether this makes the fights satisfying from a technical standpoint too.

I don't know what else to say. I like The Matrix a lot. It's been one of my favorites for a long time. It's pretty popular, still pretty frequently talked about for a movie made fifteen years ago so you might say it's "stood the test of time" or some other similar idiom. I'll go ahead and say check it out, decide its worth for yourself, see if you think it's good or not. For what it's worth, my money's on that you will.


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