1999 Wachowski Brothers movie about simulated reality


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"The Matrix is a 1999 American science fiction action film written and directed by The Wachowski Brothers, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano. It depicts a dystopian future in which reality as perceived by most humans is actually a simulated reality called 'the Matrix', created by sentient machines to subdue the human population, while their bodies' heat and electrical activity are used as an energy source. Computer programmer 'Neo' learns this truth and is drawn into a rebellion against the machines, which involves other people who have been freed from the 'dream world'. ..."

Cast and Crew

Hugo WeavingAgent Smith
Lilly WachowskiDirector, screenwriter (as The Wachowski Brothers)

Web Pages

The Matrix (1999) - IMDb
"A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers."


War Is Peace and Other Things the Government Wants You to Believe [PDF], by Sheldon Richman, Jun 2008
Transcript of speech given at The Future of Freedom Foundation's June 2008 conference, “Restoring the Republic: Foreign Poli cy & Civil Liberties”
"The state has to propagate a lot of myths, because if it told the straight truth to us we wouldn't put up with it anymore. So that goes without saying. And, there've been movies--there's been a lot of fiction, and movies and novels, that try to make this point. I don't know if most people get it. But think about The Matrix, for example. There's a great allegory about how states operate. They made it very literal, where they actually created reality by basically hooking people up to these elaborate technological devices and making people, in effect, imagine the reality they want you to imagine. And of course, some people are able to break through. And it's a great story for that reason. There was a great Libertarian point there, a great symbolic point."


Matrix Trailer HD (1999), 31 Mar 1999