||15 in UK
||Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano
|Source of story
||An original screenplay, but in my view following a legacy of SF stories over many years.
||Far in the future machines have taken over the world, and the remaining human population harnessed as a source of electrical power, mentally populating a simulated 21st century city, the Matrix. But out in the real destructed planet a few humans remain, with the ability to enter the Matrix and battle with the machines’ security services. They believe that their chances of saving humanity lie with one man, Neo. This is his story.
||A lot of very sophisticated battles in the Matrix with firearms and martial arts. Many scenes in the dim recesses of the humans “ship” and an increasing level of tension as Neo’s capabilities to fight the Matrix are required to rescue Morpheus, while in the real world the machine’s octopus–like guardians locate and attack the human’s ship.
||There is no other word for it, the set pieces are breathtaking, and the exposition unintrusive, making the whole environment, and the rules the humans have to follow easy to understand. So you know what is happening, and possibly even more importantly why. I have watched this several times and find it engrossing every time.