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The Matrix | 1999 | R | - 2.7.5

Futuristic thriller about computer hacker Neo (Keanu Reeves), who gets appointed by rebel Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) to help save the world from evil cyber-intelligence the Matrix. Also with Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Hugo Weaving, Belinda McClory, Julian Arahanga, Marcus Chong, Robert Taylor, Matt Doran and Paul Goddard. [2:15]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - One kissing and one dirty dancing scene in a nightclub. It's implied a man is naked, but we only see his bare torso. One brief shot of cleavage.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Lots and lots and lots of killings with high-tech machine guns, resulting in numerous, at times bloody bodies. We see splattered gunshot wounds on the chests and on the backs of a few people. In several instances bullets seem to whiz by in slow motion and go thorough walls. A couple of people are shot in the face, with some blood gushing from their foreheads and oozing out of their mouths. One body is charred and smoking from being torched by some sort of flamethrower. There are a few violent & "medical" procedures -- drilling into heads, and uploading and downloading information through screws imbedded into skulls (several people have a sort of an outlet on the base of their skulls into which they insert a plug). One man gets zapped by a laser gun and we see his charred arm. There are numerous fistfights, with lots of screaming, punching, kicking, slapping, karate chops and blood. A few persons get their heads and bodies smashed against walls -- often the wall collapses. A man's face gets distorted: his facial skin is tightened so much that he can't open his mouth). A big slithering centipede-like creature is dropped on a man's bare chest and digs into his belly button (we see it moving underneath his skin); shortly thereafter, the creature is sucked out of his navel into a tube (we see some blood). A man has numerous wires and needles piercing his body. A woman throws a knife into a man's forehead, but we don't see any blood. A man enters another's body and the body explodes and disintegrates. We see many close-ups of gashes on faces and on bodies, numerous cuts and burns, bloody lips and blackened eyes. A helicopter crashes into the side of a building but no one gets killed. One person seems to get run over by a speeding train. We see rows and columns upon rows and columns of human bodies lying in pods, with wires connected to their bodies.

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LANGUAGE 5 - An obscene finger gesture, several anatomical references, several scatological references, lots of mild obscenities and numerous insults.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Time and space travel, new dimensions, the future, artificial intelligence, parapsychology, mind control, computer hacking, loyalty.
MESSAGE - One must look inside one's self to embrace the daunting responsibility of saving the earth from a super cyber-intelligence.
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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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