Wondered what all the fuss was about? Who was this Neo anyway?
Look no further than our guide to 'The Matrix'.
Keanu Reeves plays Neo, a computer hacker who discovers that the world around him is merely a computer simulation, hence 'The Matrix'.
Joined by like-minded rebels Morpheus (Lawrence Fishbourne) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) 'The Matrix' portrays Neo's first journey to overthrow those that control the Matrix.
Neo's journey lasted over 3 films, 'The Matrix', 'Matrix Reloaded' and 'Matrix Revolutions'.
When 'The Matrix' hit the U.S. cinemas in March 1999 a world wide phenomenon was born.
Grossing over $171 million dollars and collecting countless awards including an Oscar™, Saturn Award, Bafta and countless others, the Matrix was a true success in every sense.
The effect of the Matrix films extended well beyond the confines of the cinema and Hollywood.
Visually the film introduced ground breaking effects including the now famous 'Bullet Time'.
This visionary effect utilized cutting edge technology, a whole series of cameras and a whole department of talented visual effects gurus to transport the viewer a full 360 degrees around the actor or object in slow motion. The techniques used in the filming of the Matrix have since been seen in countless other films and computer games.
The Matrix films also inspired a whole industry outside of the film business. From computer games to clothing, the Matrix films have been responsible for many new businesses including your very own Matrix2Sunglasses.com.
Despite the last film installment being in 2003, the lure of the Matrix shows no signs of stopping. With all three films released on DVD and the official comics, the Matrix is here to stay.
Some interesting numbers and facts for Matrix fans.
When the original Matrix movie premiered it launched the cast into worldwide stardom. For your reference we have provided links to their online biography's.