Director: Andy Wachowski,
Producer: Joel Silver
Screenwriter: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne,
Carrie Ann-Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano
MPAA Rating: R
Year of Release: 1999
Released on Video: 09/21/1999
This film poses a questions about reality.
In the flashy, fast-paced blockbuster, the hero, Thomas Anderson,
is a computer programmer by day and a hacker by night that
goes by the handle, Neo. Having plumbed the deepest recesses
of the global computer network (and along the way breaking
almost every known computer-crime law on the books) he has
come to be haunted by an irrational but unavoidable hunger
to learn about something called the Matrix.
As the film opens, Neo is sought out by a mysterious
woman who introduces him to Morpheous. Morpheous shows Neo
that the world he thinks is reality is in fact an elaborate
computer simulation called the Matrix. The Matrix is an illusion
maintained by the machines that run the world in order to
keep their human slaves unaware of their true condition. The
humans are farmed as energy cells and live out their entire
lives unable to move, trapped inside Plexiglas cases filled
with pink liquid and feeding the electrical grid.
Morpheous and his crew have escaped from their cells and are
on a mission to free as many others as they can. But in order
to do so they must re-enter the Matrix so they can locate
and communicate with individuals judged ready to withstand
the shock of the transition to reality.
While you watch the movie be aware that our
beliefs can help us or they can mislead us. We form them unconsciously,
without carefully examining all the evidence. Therefore, our
beliefs about ourselves and about people are often less than
completely reliable. Sometimes they are out of sync with objective
reality. Such mistaken beliefs can limit what we see and cause
us to act against the best interests of those we love and
ourselves. Fortunately, when we discover we are holding a
misleading belief, we are not stuck with it forever. Beliefs
- Does your intuition tell you or have you
repeatedly heard from well-meaning honest friends that these
beliefs are not true?
- Are you willing to consider questioning these destructive
beliefs as you question Thomas Anderson’s computer reality?