The Matrix (1999)• R
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
IMDB: 7.4 / 10
During the 1990s, computer hacker and office worker Thomas Anderson - also known as Neo - is contacted by a mysterious online figure, Morpheus, and told that the entire world is not real. It is a simulation designed by machines to enslave humanity while using human bodies as batteries in the real world, a futuristic wasteland nearly entirely controlled by the machines. Neo must work to help free the minds of those trapped within the matrix.
The Matrix (and the two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions) have had a huge impact on shaping real-life hacker culture, most visibly the first use of the now-famous 'matrix code' (green vertical symbols on black background, which is a common hacker trope), and discussions surrounding the implications of virtual reality. Computer exploits and ideas shown in The Matrix are still relevant to this day, and will likely remain relevant for years to come.
REALISM RATING: 2/5 - but who knows in the future?
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