Behind The Scenes: Keanu Reeves & Hugo Weaving Shoot Bullet Time On THE MATRIX

Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving and Joe Pantoliano, The Matrix is one of the defining movies in cinema history. It came from nowhere back in 1999 and changed the face of how science fiction and action movies were made. Everyone was expecting Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace to me the defining movie of the year – and The Matrix was a huge surprise.

The Wachowskis tapped into something that Hollywood didn’t know audiences wanted and it gave the world ‘bullet time’, ‘wire-fu’ and Manga influenced sci-fi action philosophy. Simply put, nobody had seen anything like The Matrix when it was released in March 1999.

The film grossed $171 million at the US box office and more than $463 million globally.

The Matrix Reloaded scored $281 million domestically and $742 million worldwide, while The Matrix Revolutions saw the heat cool, but it still banked $139 million domestically and $427 million on a global level. Released in 2021, The Matrix Resurrections grossed $37.6 million at the U.S. box office and $157.2 million worldwide.