THE MATRIX – Fifteen Years On

Fifteen years – that’s how long it has been since The Matrix hit screens and helped change the face of cinema in the late ‘90s/early ‘00s. It gave us the Wachowskis, it gave us wire-fu, it gave us bullet time – it gave us cinematic hope. Then the sequels came along and ruined everything.

matrix-15-years-onWe probably forget how exciting The Matrix was in 1999 and how it helped shape action cinema (bullet time was everywhere). It still holds-up well.

It opened on 31 March 1999 in the US, grossing $27 million during its first weekend, topping out at $171 million ($463 million globally). That’s serious money now – and very serious money at the end of the last millennium.