Matrix Anniversary Marathon!


Saturday, March 28 – 5:00 PM


**Discussion following THE MATRIX with Zach Staenberg (editor, Academy Award-winner), Kym Barrett (costume designer) and Dane A. Davis (supervising sound editor, Academy Award-winner), moderated by author Eric Lichtenfeld.

Ten years ago, with only an independent cult hit (BOUND) and a script for a Sylvester Stallone action flick (ASSASSINS) on their resume, brothers Larry and Andy Wachowski embarked on one of the most ambitious science fiction trilogies of all time. The MATRIX movies combined elements from varied genre classics and added a healthy dose of original thought to become a beloved (and heavily discussed and analyzed) series of contemporary entertainments.

1999, Warner Bros., 136 min. Dirs. Larry and Andy Wachowski.

Keanu Reeves learns that the universe is controlled by computers, not humans—he and his fellow men are mere batteries to provide bioelectrical energy—and he isn’t even living in 1999 as he believes, but hundreds of years later. When revolutionary Laurence Fishburne opens Reeves’ eyes, the reluctant hero leads a revolt (with help from Carrie-Anne Moss and others) against the powers that be. Working from influences including BLADE RUNNER, VIDEODROME and assorted Hong Kong action movies, the Wachowski brothers have created a new science fiction landmark.

2003, Warner Bros., 138 min. Dirs. Larry and Andy Wachowski.

Neo (Keanu Reeves) continues his fight against an all-pervasive technological superpower in this action-packed sequel, a nonstop rollercoaster ride that includes one of the great chase scenes of all time. The Wachowskis ramp up the visceral thrills, but remain committed to metaphysical questions about identity and time in this riveting thriller.

2003, Warner Bros., 129 min. Dirs. Larry and Andy Wachowski.

The MATRIX trilogy ends with Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Laurence Fishburne concluding their mission to free mankind from the tyranny of robots. With its standoff at outpost Zion, this MATRIX owes as much to westerns as to sci-fi, but continues the series’ tradition of eye-popping action sequences (Jada Pinkett Smith provides particular excitement as the pilot of a difficult aircraft).

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Tickets: $10 General / $8 Students & Seniors / $7 American Cinematheque Members