The Matrix Review
The movie has been out since 1999 so there should be no surprises for anyone.
This movie has inspired and influenced many, and not just film makers but television producers, animators, actors, etc. It is considered one of most iconic and influential movies of all time and is on many lists for iconic movies.
As a movie, it is character driven, but also the movie relies heavily on the background plot that is The Matrix. The movie is the story of a man thrust into a world he is unsure of after he finds the truth about it. It is in this world where he learns to accept his fate, while at the same time writing his own destiny.
The setting, a dark sci fi future where AI grows humans in an assembly line of sorts and making them live out their lives in a computer simulation. The setting actually has various dystopian elements like the Human Assembly thing which was taken from Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.
The background setting made many people think about their own place in the world as well as metaphysical questions like "Am I in control of my own life or am I in a simulation?"
The characters are played by Keanu Reeves as Neo, Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus, Carrie Ann Moss as Trinity, and Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith. The movie made Reeves a super star and brought up everyone else's career as well.
The movie has so many subtle references to books and ancient and old lore from varying cultures that it makes the movie more whole than just an atypical science fiction movie.
Normally, a movie of this level deserves an automatic 10 out of 10 for being so Iconic, but there are small things that I could nitpick which makes me drop it down to 9.5 out of 10.