1. The Matrix had such a great ad campaign because the trailers left you with so many questions about what it was actually about, and it had directed you to a website with clues that made it even more mysterious. So when you actually saw the movie, not only was the crazy sci-fi action unlike anything we’d ever seen before, but as soon as the explanations started coming from Morpheus and you learned what this movie was ABOUT, it was pure jaw-dropping, mind-blowing craziness the entire time. And the movie never really lets up from there, just getting wilder and wilder until the perfect ending. I will always remember how satisfying a film-going experience that was.

  2. Whatisthematrix.com! One of the first websites to be the centerpiece of an ad campaign. I spent HOURS on that site clicking around and trying to unlock it's secrets.

  3. “It was pure jaw-dropping, mind-blowing craziness”. I came here to say this. I vividly remember during Morpheus “welcome to the desert of the real” explanation my friend and I kept turning to each other, wide eyed, with expressions on our faces that exclaimed “holy shit”!

  4. This was absolutely inedible. Going into the theater not really knowing what it was about. The trailers before release leaned heavy on the "no one can be told what the matrix is; you have to experience it for yourself" line. It's almost unfathomable in today's world where you get the entire plot of a movie in the preview.

  5. It's important to note that websites were still pretty new. It would be kind of like embedding messages in the block chain today. The web wasn't the marketing machine it is today

  6. It's crazy to think about that kind of marketing these days when if feels like there's almost no surprise left between marketing hype and internet spoilers if you make the mistake of not seeing the first showing on opening night.

  7. I worked at a theatre at the time. 1999 was a special year for movies. We had long-awaited blockbusters like Phantom Menace, Austin Powers 2, and Toy Story 2, surprise hits like Blair Witch, Big Daddy, and The Sixth Sense, and truly wonderful movies like American Beauty, The Green Mile, and Fight Club. I'm only naming a fraction of the good movies that year.

  8. Same. Such a special time. So many surprises and good memories. There was an excitement in the air for the movies and the upcoming millennium.

  9. Similar experience here! When Phantom Menace came out we would crank the sound all the way for the opening horns of the Star Wars theme...

  10. Another theater employee of that time.... the longest movie we had in our theater was LA Confidential, which ran for a full year, maybe a little longer. I think My Big Fat Greek Weeding was also a long haul.

  11. There's actually a book (of title I cannot remember) about why '99 was a uniquely good year for movies. It has to do with the sheer number of new screens opened in the last few years by multiplexes and studios wanting to film them thus greenlighting movies that would otherwise have not gone out.

  12. Don’t forget Office Space! This was the first time I saw the trailer for Phantom Menace. The theater full of primarily stoned teens and twenty-somethings gave that trailer a standing ovation. It was surreal. Then we laughed ourselves to tears for the next 90 minutes. Seems like such innocent times now.

  13. 1999 was one of the greatest cinema years going and me being 17, working, with disposable income and not many responsibilities, loved it. Watched most those movies you posted in the cinema on Tuesday night straight after work. Was maybe a 10min walk from my workplace. Collected some dinner on the way home. What a great time in my life

  14. I saw the Mummy and the Matrix on a double feature for like $6 with some friends. Afterwards we played GoldenEye for hours and had Pizza Hut. I think that might be the single greatest day of my childhood.

  15. I used to have my 3 best friends over every Friday for marathons of Goldeneye, Mario kart, and WCW vs NWO revenge. My mom would order us two large pizzas from a pizza hut on the corner and we were always stocked on coke and mt dew. We'd play each game for hours. Usually starting and ending with Goldeneye. Sometimes we would end up playing WCW until like 3 am though. Honestly some of the best nights of my life.

  16. Did you ever play Perfect Dark? They put in the Matrix Lobby in the game. Goldeneye with the slap and having a shootout in the Perfect Dark Lobby were unforgettable gaming PvP moments with my sons.

  17. Dude, exact same for me. My dad who never allowed us to watch R rated movies and never showed much interest in any movie. Just came up to me and my brother with a smile and said, “y’all wanna watch a cool movie? “

  18. Went to see it with my dad, too (technically my stepdad, but I call him dad)! He was, however, already into sci-fi and fantasy, I just didn’t know about it and he didn’t know about my interests because he was always working or tired and we weren’t very close. Well, he took me to see this movie one weekend, and we bonded so well over it that it created a lifelong shared interest.

  19. I saw it in theater with my Dad too. We were both blown away. He said to me afterwards, "that was what it felt like watching The Terminator when it first came out." He passed away 9 months ago but I will always have a soft spot for both these movies. I am excited to watch them with my son when he is old enough.

  20. Ah it was special. In the theater, I remember people clapped and whooped at one point in the movie. It was refreshing. I’m told this is how previous generations felt about Star Wars. I’ve never seen Star Wars so I don’t know. But man Matrix was awesome!

  21. Similar story for me! i saw it with my dad and younger brother and we were so enthralled and engaged with the movie. It was truly one of the greatest memories I have of us three guys bonding and enjoying time with each other. After the movie, my dad took us out for Burger Madness and I remember we were all smiling and reliving the action moments in the movie and acting them out in the Burger bar. One of the best memories for me as a young man and to be able to share it with my father and my younger brother was so special.

  22. I remember walking out of the cinema afterwards and all the other moviegoers were so excited in a way that I've never experienced with any other movie. It was like walking out of a rock concert, with people shouting "Oh, my god!" and "That was the best movie I've ever seen" and stuff like that. There was a visceral excitement in the air. People were gobsmacked.

  23. Same here. Went into the movie knowing nothing about it and came out with my mind blown into a million pieces. I was 21 years old. Me and the two friends I saw it with were hyped for hours after.

  24. That is exactly how it was to see Star Wars in the theater when it came out. Very unlike the experience of Phantom Menace. After waiting for two decades we all said the same thing when we came out of the theater, what the fuck was that? I waited 20 years for Jar Jar?

  25. Your literally giving my goosebumps thinking about seeing it for the first time as a young kid. Unfortunately not in theaters but it was the first movie I had EVER seen on DVD. Through my brothers PS2 and era appropriate fancy TV he was obsessed with. I was born in 91 so my tiny mind as a kid was BLOWN after seeing the Matrix on DVD.

  26. Exact same experience here, i was 12 and it was the first movie that really gave me an emotional response that I haven't felt since. I did kung fu in my older brother for like a week after and have been in love with movie theaters ever since.

  27. It changed movie making at the time. bullet time? 360 filming? Unheard of at the time. the plot? Everyone i knew came out of it blown away. I had never seen anything like it myself. I did know 2 ppl who were not impressed, both programmers. They nitpicked developer inconsistencies in the script....

  28. I had a similar experience. "Okay, another Johnny Mnemonic movie. It even has Keanu saying 'Whoa' in the trailer, gimme a break. This is gonna be another bad cyberpunk movie." Then I heard people talk about how amazing it was. "Really? Bill or Ted or whichever one he is, is the new sci-fi action hero? Okay, we'll wait until it's playing at the cheap theater and see it.

  29. For me the opening scene already had me on the edge. When Trinity talks herself to get up, my feeble mind was already blown. This wasn't a '90s action movie with 3 minute long musical credit intro and some random scenic shots that show you where the film takes place. This was Y2K. This was a revolution. I think that's the thing about The Matrix, once you saw it there was no doubt. There were similar feelings for Mad Max: Fury Road, and I also felt captivated by Everything, Everywhere last week. But The Matrix really came out in the perfect time, and was made by the exact people who needed to make it at the time.

  30. In the theater where I saw it, in Boston, with a slew of film nerds all attending Emerson College, the audio cut out when Keanu was speaking at one point. Someone in the back of the theater yelled “What’s he saying?!” and someone in my row replied in Keanu’s Ted Theodore Logan voice “Whoa!”

  31. That was the most surreal theater experience I think I've ever had. The moment from the very beginning when Trinity does that mid air freeze jump, the entire theater just became a whole different environment. Those effects are common place now, but that was insane at the time. Nobody really knew what the movie was about so it was just a crazy ride from start to finish. You could just feel that everyone in that theater was having the same mind blowing viewing experience that you did. It was actually pretty incredible.

  32. Saw it opening weekend at the big Chinese Theatre in Hollywood and it was an absolutely amazing experience. We had no idea what we were in for.

  33. It's funny, you can't describe seeing the Matrix, or hearing the bullets in Saving Private Ryan in actual "Surround Sound" to people that were not around before it, because it was that mind blowing to experience something that didn't exist before.

  34. The no idea factor was huge. Obviously no one knew how great it would turn out to be but also just in general about the movie. The pre release marketing was subtle in a way studios would never get away with or do today and held back so much of what the movie was. 'What is the Matrix?'

  35. I went in without knowing what it was really about, just that it was a cool movie with slick new filming techniques, great fight scenes and a few actors I always liked (Keanu, Fishburn). I was 15 at the time and hadn’t really been exposed to much philosophy around the nature of reality and our perception of it. Afterwards I felt like I had been shown an entirely new set of beliefs.

  36. So I was a kid, too young to watch it when it came out, but I distinctly remember still being awake with the babysitter when my parents returned from watching it.

  37. And THAT was bullet time. Lots of films and games aped it afterwards but none understood that "bullet time" was not "slow motion where you can see he bullets" but a combination of practical stop motion camerawork and cgi to have the camera move at normal speed during the slow motion shot.

  38. To add further, even with trailers audiences had literally no idea what to expect. The word “The Matrix” held no meaning. There was no comic book or film where a viewer could say “I already know what this is” yet and yet everyone’s interest was piqued. I saw it in theaters and I think for the first 3/4ths of the movie people were invested and then in the last act when the film reached T2 levels of action people were just collectively blown off their feet.

  39. I was extremely lucky in that I didn’t know anything about this movie (was in college and super focused on school) going in. A buddy invited me to “go see a movie to take a break.” Turned out it was opening night and my mind was blown. I probably saw it three more times in the theater, including once on imax. I imagine it was similar to people who saw Star Wars in the theater in the late 70s. Nothing like it existed before.

  40. The Youtube channel Sideways did a great breakdown of why Don Davis's score for this movie is so brilliant. It gets pretty bananas:

  41. Went with friends to see it. Had no idea what it was about, because the trailer made no sense, at all!!! We were so bolwn away by the movie that we all went to see it a second time the next day. It's the one time when having no internet was a blessing (no spoilers of any sort. We went blind and it made everything better).

  42. Came here to say this about the no-spoilers trailer. The waking-up-outside-the-matrix scene was a total shock. I'm not sure that can happen any more today, it would be leaked or spoiled by the trailer.

  43. I remember distinctly that this was the first ever movie I came across that could be downloaded from a piracy site ahead of its release in my country. I didn’t download it because I had never heard of the movie, nor did I have the bandwidth required. And I thought that downloading an entire movie sounded like a crazy idea! Saw the Matrix several times in cinema, and it changed my life.

  44. And this was also their first DVD for many people. So even months later, The Matrix was still going strong in a shiny new video format.

  45. There was a great deal for the DVD pre-order which seems like it was around $10 (buy.com maybe). I helped many coworkers order it as their first DVD and helped them shop for a player before it arrived.

  46. Just watched it with my 12 year old nephew. He came to stay over last weekend and he said “have you heard of the Matrix?” “Yeah… why?” He had heard it was “pretty cool” and wanted to watch it. I think I had him to the shops and back for ice cream and planted on the sofa so fast his head spun. But honestly if he didn’t have the biggest shit eating grin on his face from start to finish. It’s so amazing to watch it with someone who hasn’t seen it.

  47. Yep same. I remember walking up to my front door after seeing it and going what the actual fuck. Especially as I was 22, hugely into IT and the web, was a skater and generally into all things alternative.

  48. There was a thread above were 3 different married couples said that was their first date and they are still married. Pretty wild to consider.

  49. One of the few absolutely unspoiled movie experiences of my life. I knew literally nothing about it; hadn't read anything, seen any trailers, nothing. My wife and I wanted to go see a movie, I vaguely remembered someone at work saying something about The Matrix being good, and so we saw that.

  50. Yeah . A savvy and restrained ad campaign plus the absence of widespread internet meant most went in with limited knowledge. That’s unheard of these days and may have been the last big movie to benefit. Most adverts give away 60% of the script with the rest filled in with memes, chat, spoiler reviews and leaks..

  51. God, just that opening scene, in a cinema with a hundred or so other people… we all knew immediately that we were seeing something that would change cinema as we knew it.

  52. Yeah that bullet time scene where the camera pans around her was wild. It was cutting edge tech at the time and every one was like "Whoaaa how'd they do that!"

  53. When my friend saw the movie for the first time on opening night, the film caught fire right in the middle of the scene where Neo dodges bullets for the first time. Everyone in the theater thought it was a cool special effect for half a second, until you could literally see the film melting on the screen for a second, and smell smoke in the theater. Then everyone got ushered out of the theater and got refunds.

  54. Was working at a cinema where this happened to our copy of The Green Mile during a staff preview the day before it opened. It was during one of the execution scenes and we all thought it was part of the film at first until the projectionist suddenly shouted "Oh shit!" and sprinted out of the screen to rescue it.The film had fallen off the platter onto the floor and jammed.

  55. Haha. My good friend's brother has the same name. For the longest time after seeing that movie, everytime I'd go over to their house I would greet then with, "Mr. Anderson," in my best Agent voice.

  56. I saw it at the theater when I was 12, with my best friend at the time and his mom. When Neo woke up in the goo with all the stuff stuck in him, my friend got too scared and we had to leave. I got it as soon as it came out on VHS and loved the rest of it.

  57. The special effects really stand up. There are honestly more bad CGI moments in a lot of current releases, because talent and ingenuity matter a lot more than raw technology.

  58. There are a few things you have to understand about that time. There was kind of a general malaise about office life, dreary cubicles, beige everything. 9/11 hadn't happened yet, everything was kind of just fine and boring and permanent. I think it is helpful to think of Office Space and The Matrix as being thematically related movies. Your mom was probably livin' that beige "somebody's got a case of the Monday's" life back then.

  59. You know, Agent Smith said they chose the 90s because it was the peak of humanity, and after that everything went south.

  60. It was so perfectly in tune with the time it was released. Capitalism had defeated Communism, everybody was still processing the trauma of living for decades under the ever-present fear of nuclear annihilation, but we were on the verge of the information age when everything would change and we knew it.

  61. To your point about the trailer giving nothing away, I remember telling my friend in the theater "This better not be one of those psychological movies where it's all really vague about if it was real or not" right as the WB shield faded to glassy green.

  62. As a lifelong fan of Hong Kong martial arts movies, it was a revelation to see that in a major American blockbuster. It can't be overestimated how powerful a moment, "I know kung-fu", was. I may have cheered, along with my friends.

  63. For me it was a combination of the things mentioned added with the advertising for this movie, stenciled on the ground was 'www.whatisthematrix.com' I didnt have access to the internet like I do know, in those days I had to ask around town 'yo wtf is the matrix?' I didn't understand the 'www' or the '.com thing had no idea it was so intriguing, I remember being told that if you remember the words and the w's and the .'s correctly you could type it into a computer somehow. So I gathered all my info and went to whoever or wherever had a computer, probably the library in my quest to understand the matrix, I was amazed, by today's standards it's just an shitty web page and a cheap ad (no video) but then I didnt know there would be fun stuff on the internet it seemed only for serious stuff. It was talking about all trippy matrix shit that just blew my mind, and was counting down to a date (cinema release date) such good marketing. I was fully tripped out and loving it

  64. True. If you weren’t a fan of asian movies you didn’t really have much exposure to the art of fighting choreography. The made a sparring session a highlight of a blockbuster movie.

  65. Yes. The marketing for this film was on another level. "No-one knows what the matrix is. You have to see it for yourself." 23 years later and that is verbatim. You HAD to see it in the cinema. It wasn't a question. You HAD to see this film.

  66. Me and my dad went to see it when I was 17. We went on a Sunday afternoon opening weekend- when I sat down, the person in front of me turned around and asked "How many times have you seen it?" It had only been out for three days! Thats when I knew it was going to be great.

  67. I remember watching the shoot out in the lobby towards the end and literally thinking I was witnessing movie history. We had never seen special effects like that and they were awesome.

  68. This is the scene I would rewatch over and over with friends once it came out on dvd with good surround sound. Also morpheus’ gattling gun with a good subwoofer..

  69. I went to high school in the same town as Columbine and that happened right after the Matrix was released if I remember correctly. There was such a panic about black clothes, trenchcoats, etc., especially in our town. I almost wanted to look like Neo but that was too big a risk at the time.

  70. My family didn't know what it was. I was 7 at that time. We were bored one afternoon and my parents weren't really bothered by us watching R-rated movies as long as they were there to provide context so we ended up at the theater and they were both intrigued by The Matrix. Poster was cool and stylish. They thought it was some kind of Aeon Flux type of movie.

  71. I was 12 when it came out and had a relatively unformed worldview, so everything about the Matrix program itself really messed with me. There were a couple nights afterwards that I recall just laying in bed trying to figure out if I could prove or disprove the premise... Yeah, it really got me!

  72. A saw it a few weeks after it came out and the fight choreography was incredible to me. I ran home, dialed-up, waited forever, logged in (just like in the movie, lol) and checked who did it.

  73. I'm 33 this year, this was the only time ever going to cinema with my mom. The scene with the insectoid probe and physically muted mouth will stay in my memory for ever. Also the dark green Nokia phone with sliding keyboard cover Keanu Reeves uses in the office scene... I never got it for Christmass. I also remember seeing The South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut in cinema with my dad, because they wouldn't sell tickets to underage unless accompanied by adult. He quotes the experience as "the biggest parental misstep he'd ever done". Props to him for staying until the end with his then 10 years old son.

  74. Check this out, In Serbia in 1999. they played a pirate copy of the movie on fucking television, to keep people from protesting the Milosevic regime on the streets. It was a private tv station (TV Pink), but the owner was in cahoots with the regime, just as he is today with Vucic. Motherfuckers. Now that’s what you call a shithole country.

  75. Not so much during the movie but after. Everyone in my school was talking about it including the teachers. It was the coolest movie to come out during my high school years and everyone was blown away.

  76. So the movie was amazing and everyone was talking about it. A cerebral action sci fi thing, there was nothing like it yet. However, what I recall more than anything was Cypher's meeting with the agent. His steak looked so raw to me and I got really hung up on that.

  77. Joe Pantoliano milked every drop out of that role, and the sequels were the poorer for not having him. Between Cypher and Teddy in Memento, he did some good work.

  78. The first time I saw it in the theater I was so blown away, when it ended I walked out sort of in a daze. I went back and saw it 3 more times, the only time I've ever done that with a film.

  79. I worked for a movie theater when it came out and I think I saw it upwards of 20 times on the big screen. Each time it was wonderful, even knowing what was going to happen and what came next, there was always something else to glean from it, some secret or connection to dig out.

  80. When I returned home from watching the Matrix, my street was covered in police and fire trucks. Turns out my house burned down and I was about to become homeless. It was a great night. Also got arrested at school because they thought I burned it down.

  81. There was nothing like it at the time. It was action, but not cheesy. It was sci-fi, but not cheesy. It was about technology, but not cheesy.

  82. i was hyped for Phantom Menace that year and my mate told me we should go watch the Matrix. I knew nothing about it but ended up watching it 3-4 times in the cinema just mind blown

  83. I saw this movie when I was in Grade 11. Back then my friends and I heard about this movie and thought it deserved only the best and biggest screen and so a group of us took the bus to the newest theatre in the city. The bus ride was an hour long. The movie blew us all away. The music, the choreography, the special effects. It's a great memory.

  84. Literally everyone wanted a phone that slid out like Neo’s. I even bought a cover that could do just that even though the part that slides didn’t function as a receiver.

  85. The kids from my class who sneaked in the theatre (we were like 14 at the time) did not stop talking about it for weeks. It was all the rage till the VHS came and everybody saw it asap.

  86. I went in knowing nothing about the movie. It was a time when this happened a lot. My dad would read the paper Saturday morning and say “you wanna see any of these movies?” And we’d pick what we saw on title alone.

  87. Saw the movie in a theatre after my class 10 school exams in India. I remember stepping outside at the intermission feeling completely overwhelmed by all the action. Didn't understand it initially. By the end of the movie it was clearer. Still remember the initial scene where Trinity kiched some guys ass by doing this 360 kick - drew gasps and cheers from the audience. Wow!

  88. These companies and individuals trying to build the "Metaverse" are really fucking up not just calling it the Matrix.

  89. The movies did a lot of things right, building on the hype of 'hackers' (see the 1995 movie hackers with Angelina Jolie).

  90. Yeah, this was definitely a moment. The Matrix was all anyone talked about. It permeated the atmosphere of every social gathering and was on the tip of everyone's tongue. It defined a generation of thinkers that you can find today on places like Twitch and Youtube.

  91. I remember going to the theater with my mom and sister and when agent Smith appeared on the screen, the three of us burst out laughing. Here was Hugo Weaving, magnificent in a black suit, tie, shades, and a sinister expression. Meanwhile we knew him as fabulous Anthony "Tick" in the adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, in which he played a transvestite taking his show on the road and trying to get to know his bio son.

  92. I went to a friend's place, he said he had downloaded some movie about hackers. Turns out it was the matrix. Neither of us had heard of it before and wondered why such an awesome movie hadn't become a bigger thingy. A month later matrix hit theatres.

  93. I knew nothing about it at all when I went to see it other than it apparently had cool fighting in it. I had missed all of the trailers, I had read or hadn't been told any spoilers. And so that initial reveal about what the Matrix was, and what the real world was actually like and so on was so mindblowing and special. It's a shame that getting surprised like that these days is so difficult, studios tend not to save big surprises anymore, and maybe is is a lot of folks just don't care about spoiling films and TYV for others. Like yes, I get it, a film should be good even if it's been spoiled for you (like the Matrix) but there is something special about watching a film and experience the twist, or big unknown real in real time.

  94. My dad took my friend and I to go see it when it was released. My dad hated it, but that was to be expected (he mostly just likes Westerns). My friend and I, both of us about 15 years old at the time, we’re absolutely blown away. The blue/red pill reveal hadn’t been spoiled for us, nor did the movie trailers give much away. I remember the ad campaign back then being “What is The Matrix” and that’s really all we knew along with some cool action sequences.

  95. I remember going to the movie theater to see it with my friend, I think the day it came out, and we both thought how cool it would be to wear black trench coats like the characters. Then, about two or three weeks later Columbine happened and two pieces of shit simultaneously ended the lives of 13 innocent people and any black trench coat coolness the Matrix may have inspired.

  96. It was the first movie i ever watched on DVD. Watched it with a crush my junior year of high school. It was the most spectacular visual spectacle i ever saw cuz it was the first time i ever saw something in high definition. I went and saw it in the theater for the 20 year anniversary and it was like seeing it for the first time again! You really need to go watch the Animatrix. It's 9 short stories animated by acclaimed directors and really expands on the matrix universe. It's a timeless classic

  97. I expected it to by cyberpunk it because the title is straight from Gibson but other than that was completely blindsided by how innovative it was.

  98. I saw the first movie when I was 11, I THINK it was the summer before 5th grade or maybe before 6th (a parent took us all to the movies, that was a regular thing). I remember being blown away lmao and my friends and I would "play matrix" and play fight each other using the moves from the movie. We'd basically parkour around the neighborhood and yell "MATRIX" as we did it.

  99. I remember that no one understood the movie until seeing it 2 or 3 times. Looking back, the premise actually seems relatively simple. But back then, the world just couldn't wrap their minds around it. It was pretty crazy listening to all the debates and arguments.

  100. I saw it with my girlfriend and got in an argument with her after because she thought Neo was back in the real world. I was like, dude, the "real" world IS the matrix. Bitch you just saw Neo fly, explain that! Anyway she turned out to be a cheating ho.

  101. I did. It’s honestly difficult to explain. People throw around the term “cultural reset” but The Matrix truly was (is) a generation defining movie, like Star Wars. Especially keeping it in the context of the Internet at the time which was new, expanding rapidly, and kind of terrifying. No one knew what it could do. If you think about it, people old enough to have seen The Matrix in theaters are also the last generation to remember the world as it was before the Internet. Couple that with 90s general mistrust of the government, “trust no one,” like you saw in The X-Files. The 20th century was ending, the world was changing faster than anyone could understand. We all knew we were on a huge culture precipice, and The Matrix pushed us over it. Or something, haha.

  102. I woke up at a friend's house, monstrously hungover, went to see it at 11am, rang another friend and demanded he get into the city to watch it with me.

  103. Back when I first watched it, computers and the internet were foreign to me. Just didn't understand any of that stuff. So the matrix didn't click with me at all. I just couldn't wrap my head around it. The action scenes were cool though.

  104. Okay so not my story but it’s my uncles. So he was in medical school and was kinda seeing my soon to be aunt. He suggested maybe they do a night shift together and she was like, my hostel closes after 9 pm but Ig it’s fine if he’s there and they’re in the hospital. She shows ups and starts doing his shift and he never shows up. She calls him at 12 am and is pissed off. “Where are you!?” My uncle whispers into the phone without any shame. “The matrix released today. I’m in theaters. So sorry.” He actually forgot their date to go see a movie alone in theaters. Obviously my aunt is pissed as hell and she says “Fine! Why don’t you just bloody stay there while I sit here and do your paperwork!” And my uncle, the kind and painfully oblivious soul that he is, says “really!?” And hangs up. Today they’re married and they have a kid. My uncle is a surgeon (👍😀) and he wanted to go see the new matrix movie. I asked him why he was asking me and not his wife and he told me this story. When the trailer started playing in theaters, his wife made him sleep on the couch Lmfaoo. He’s going to have to deal with that every single time they reboot it.

  105. I don't have a distinct memory of seeing it the theater outside of really being impressed by it. It still holds up as a great piece of sci-fi, even after the films that inspired (they ripped off) it.

  106. I was 17 and I saw the matrix nine times in the theater. It inspired me so much that in some way it altered the course of my career. I started researching and experimenting with building cellular automata and became extremely interested in artificial life. This was directly inspired by the matrix, and I ended up getting a PhD in computer science. Though in a different area, my research deals with emergent behaviors in systems.

  107. Back then, malls were at their peak. There was a popular mall shop called Hot Topic. I think it still exists today, but it got bought up and turned into something else. Back then it sold goth clothes.

  108. Everyone walked out of the theater excited and happy. Its ideas and presentation were groundbreaking at that time and it wasn't overly marketed to the point where you already knew what it was going in. That was the first time I saw it Went a few more times while it was still in theaters including once on what would easily qualify as a heroic dose of psychedelics. Reality was different after that

  109. got really high with a school friend and went along knowing nothing other than 'its a sci-fi movie'. probably the top cinema experience of my life.

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