Whoa! 25 Years Of THE MATRIX

The Matrix is 25 years old – a quarter of a century. Whoa, where does time go?

One of the defining movies in cinema history, The Matrix pretty much came from nowhere back in 1999 and changed the face of how science fiction and action movies were made.

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 quite like The Matrix when it was released on 31 March 1999.

It grossed $27 million during its first weekend, topping out at $171 million in the U.S. and over $463 million globally.

The Matrix is a slick and visually amazing sci-fi film with some stunning filmmaking techniques from The Wachowskis. The story’s on the slight side, but the action is the thing and it’s done with so much style that all its flaws must be forgiven. Keanu Reeves is as wooden as ever, but he’s given little to say and the film is all the better for it. It’s all about the style, man. 

Then the sequels came along and ruined everything.

The Matrix Reloaded (2003) scored $281 million domestically and $742 million worldwide, while The Matrix Revolutions (also 2003) saw the heat cool, but it still banked $139 million domestically and $427 million on a global level. These are still serious numbers that hold up – so it’s easy to see why Warner Bros wanted to try and get back into the Matrix business.

Almost two decades on from the Revolutions came The Matrix Resurrections in 2021. Directed by Lana Wachowski, this fourth film in the franchise once again saw Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss return as Neo and Trinity. It had a simultaneous release in cinemas and on HBO Max at the height of COVID-19 pandemic. It grossed just 37.6 million in the U.S. and $157.3 million worldwide. 

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