Movies that Rock: The Matrix

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The Matrix is a 1999 film directed by the filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski, who originally conceived the storyline “THE MATRIX” as a comic, also the production shot the entire film in Australia for tax purposes therefore all the scenes that take place within the real world have a blue tint.

Martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo-ping created the film’s elaborate stunts and wirework and the lead actors trained every day for four months in order to pull off the fight scenes, influenced by the Hong Kong martial arts movies, the directors wanted the actors to be the ones fighting onscreen.

Neo and Trinity’s three-minute lobby shootout took 10 days to shoot and no CGI was used, all of the explosions and gunfire were practical effects and as a curious fact the iconic “Bullet Time” effect was conceived and created for the film. The famous swirling shot of Neo’s gravity-defying backbend was made using a rig that contained 120 individual digital still cameras and two film cameras. The still images were carefully stitched together to create the shot frame by frame. The first test shot of the Bullet Time effect gave a nearly 360-degree view of an exploding trash can.



  • Stunt: an exciting and dangerous action that is usually done by a skilled person for a movie
  • Shootout: a fight in which two people or two groups of people shoot at each other with guns
  • Backbend: an acrobatic movement in which one bends backward until one’s hands touch the floor.
  • Swirling: move in a twisting or spiralling pattern.


Take a lead from the stars. Mix up your learning by picking a native English-speaking actor of your favourite film. The phrases and dialogs that come out of this film are sure to give you plenty of vocabulary and pronunciation.


  • Why do you think THE MATRIX started a new era on special effects?

Welcome to this activity created by Junior Advisor Mr. Mario Martinez Flores from Polanco Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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