The Matrix

Company: PIRATE (Z Screener)
Year: 1999
Star: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie Ann Moss
Format: NTSC
Aspect ratio: Full Frame (modified 2.35:1 Super35)
Audio: Original Stereo English
Subtitles: None
Type: Sci-Fi, Action
Running Time: 134 min

Description: In the near future, a computer hacker named Neo (Keanu Reeves) discovers tha all ife on Earth may be nothing more than an elaborate facade created by a malevolent cyber-intelligence, for the purpose of plcating us while our life essence is "framed" to fuel the Matrix's campaign of domination in the "real" world. He joins like-minded Rebel warriors Morpheous (Laurence fishburne) and Trinity (Carrie Ann Moss) in their struggle to overthrow the Matrix.

Review: A very good pirated version that seem to be doing the rounds. No, its not one of those telesync version (handheld camera in a cinema), it is actually a properly manufactured video tape copy put on to a VCD. Although the picture does seem to suffer from the video tape transfer as it is a little dark and unclear, but the sound is quite good and only has slight distortion when there is a sudden loud noise. Anyway, the movie itself was absolutly brillant! With the help of the famous Hong Kong fight choreographer, Yuen Woo Ping, The Matrix takes western country action movies to a new level (that of a HK movie which have been doing this for years). When you watch the Matrix, you will be amazed. But you have to admit, we've seen all those things before (special effects, fighting), just not all in the one movie. Some movies come to mind when watching this film are Blade (Wesley Snipes,1998, for the black outfits, gun fight in the lobby, CGI bullets, and the liquid arm scene), Maximum Risk (Van-Damme, 1996, for the reflection in the glasses (red/blue pill) shot), and Police Story 3:Supercop (Jackie Chan, 1993, for the hanging off a flying helicoptor). These are only some of the movies where you can see some "inspiration" for the Matrix.

Bloopers & Goofs:
* When Neo is running from the agents near the end, he jumps off a fire escape and lands on a pile of garbage. When we see him (stunt double) land, we can see that there is a cushion with the garbage placed on top. Note: This is only seen in the open matte version, and not in the widescreen version where the cushion would have been out of frame.