Skip to main content
The Matrix Movie Poster
Plot, Details & Awards

The Matrix

Rated R for sci-fi violence and brief language.

R In Theaters 03/31/1999 , 136min.
Share this movie on

Plot & Details

What if virtual reality wasn't just for fun, but was being used to imprison you? That's the dilemma that faces mild-mannered computer jockey Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) in The Matrix. It's the year 1999, and Anderson (hacker alias: Neo) works in a cubicle, manning a computer and doing a little hacking on the side. It's through this latter activity that Thomas makes the acquaintance of Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), who has some interesting news for Mr. Anderson -- none of what's going on around him is real. The year is actually closer to 2199, and it seems Thomas, like most people, is a victim of The Matrix, a massive artificial intelligence system that has tapped into people's minds and created the illusion of a real world, while using their brains and bodies for energy, tossing them away like spent batteries when they're through. Morpheus, however, is convinced Neo is "The One" who can crack open The Matrix and bring his people to both physical and psychological freedom. The Matrix is the second feature film from the sibling writer/director team of Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski, who made an impressive debut with the stylish erotic crime thriller Bound.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1999 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects John Gaeta Won
1999 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound David Lee Won
1999 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound John Reitz Won
1999 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Zach Staenberg Won
1999 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Gregg Rudloff Won
1999 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Steven Richard Courtley Won
1999 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Effects Editing Dane A. Davis Won
1999 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Jon Thum Won
1999 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Janek Sirrs Won
1999 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound David E. Campbell Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1999 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Owen Paterson Nominated
1999 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Zach Staenberg Nominated
1999 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Bill Pope Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1999 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Owen Paterson Nominated
1999 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Zach Staenberg Nominated
1999 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Bill Pope Nominated
My Settings

You are currently subscribed as: {email}


Subscriptions

Get the latest reviews, movie news, photos, and trailers sent straight to your inbox.

Weekly Newsletter

Daily alerts

Movies

You're not following any movies.

These are the movies you’re currently following.


    Update settings
    X