This Day In Film: The MatrixPublished by Clay Cane on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 12:00 am.
Eleven years ago today, The Matrix opened in theaters nationwide changing the trajectory of sci-fi films forever. Staring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne, the Wachowski brothers flick captivated the globe with it’s philosophical plot line — humans are being controlled by robots and living in a fake world known as the Matrix. This false reality must be destroyed and “The One” is the only person who can accomplish this task.
Originally, The Matrix seemed like an implausible idea. A-list stars like Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Sandra Bullock and Will Smith all turned down roles. However, when the film hit theaters it was showered with rave reviews and ended up racking in over 460 million dollars nationwide. In addition, The Matrix won four Academy Awards for sound, editing and visuals.
Two more followed, none equaling the critical or box office success as the original. Nonetheless, the series continued with a diverse cast which included Jada Pinkett Smith, Mary Alice, Nona Gay, Roy Jones, Jr. and even Cornell West.