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Matrix (1999)


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Directors/Writers: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski


Keanu Reeves … Neo
Laurence Fishburne … Morpheus
Carrie-Anne Moss … Trinity
Hugo Weaving … Agent Smith
Gloria Foster … Oracle
Joe Pantoliano … Cypher
Marcus Chong
Julian Arahanga … Apoc
Matt Doran … Mouse
Belinda McClory … Switch
Anthony Ray Parker … Dozer
Paul Goddard … Agent Brown
Robert Taylor … Agent Jones
David Aston … Rhineheart
Marc Aden Gray … Choi (as Marc Gray)

In the near future, a computer hacker named Neo (Keanu Reeves) discovers that all life on Earth may be nothing more than an elaborate facade created by a malevolent cyber-intelligence, for the purpose of placating us while our life essence is “farmed” to fuel the Matrix’s campaign of domination in the “real” world. He joins like-minded Rebel warriors Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) and Trinity (Carrie Ann Moss) in their struggle to overthrow the Matrix.

Lieutenant: “I think we can handle one little girl. I sent two units, they’re bringing her down now.”
Agent Smith: “No lieutenant, your men are already dead.”

Agent Smith: “It seems that you’ve been living two lives. One life, you’re Thomas A. Anderson, program writer for a respectable software company. You have a social security number, pay your taxes, and you… help your landlady carry out her garbage. The other life is lived in computers, where you go by the hacker alias “Neo” and are guilty of virtually every computer crime we have a law for. One of these lives has a future, and one of them does not.”

Agent Smith: “Tell me, Mr. Anderson, what good is a phone call when you are unable to speak?”

Agent Smith: “The great Morpheus. We meet at last.”
Morpheus: “And you are?”
Agent Smith: “A Smith. Agent Smith.”
Morpheus: “You all look the same to me.”

Agent Smith: “I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species. I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area, and you multiply, and multiply, until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet, you are a plague, and we are the cure.”

Agent Smith: “I hate this place. This zoo. This prison. This reality, whatever you want to call it, I can’t stand it any longer. It’s the smell, if there is such a thing. I feel saturated by it. I can taste your stink and every time I do, I fear that I’ve somehow been infected by it.”

Agent Smith: “Did you know that the first Matrix was designed to be a perfect human world? Where none suffered, where everyone would be happy. It was a disaster. No one would accept the program. Entire crops were lost. Some believed we lacked the programming language to describe your perfect world. But I believe that, as a species, human beings define their reality through suffering and misery. The perfect world was a dream that your primitive cerebrum kept trying to wake up from. Which is why the Matrix was redesigned to this: the peak of your civilization.”

Agent Smith: “I’m going to enjoy watching you die, Mr. Anderson.”

Agent Smith: “Never send a human to do a machine’s job.”

Agent Smith: “You hear that Mr. Anderson?… That is the sound of inevitability… It is the sound of your death… Goodbye, Mr. Anderson…”
Neo: “My name… is Neo!”