The Ma­trix ( 1999)

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Leather trench coats. Kung fu. Bul­let time. It’s small won­der the Wa­chowskis’ gen­re­blend­ing block­buster emerged as the coolest sci- fi movie of 1999; The Phantom Men­ace may have thrashed it at the box of­fice, but The Ma­trix was the film on every­body’s lips come time for those end- of- year lists. Branded “the most in­flu­en­tial ac­tion movie of a gen­er­a­tion” by in­dus­try know- it- alls, it’s a cy­ber­punk’s dream of manga- in­flu­enced hu­man v robot bat­tles, with Keanu Reeves at the cen­tre of it all prac­ti­cally go­ing, “Like, woah.”

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