Sorry to make you feel old, but The Matrix came out 20 years ago. Yes, nearly two decades ago, Keanu Reeves proved he was more than Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure when he became the Chosen One in the Wachowski siblings’ 1999 sci-fi masterpiece. In honor of the milestone, the film will return to theaters so fans can experience those iconic slow-motion scenes all over again.
Beginning August 30, The Matrix will be showing at the Dolby Cinema at more than 135 AMC locations, marking the first time the film will be seen in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. “Bringing The Matrix to life in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos pays homage to the masterpiece that the Wachowskis created 20 years ago,” Doug Darrow, senior vice president of Dolby Laboratories’ Cinema Business Group, said in a statement. “Movie lovers will be able to see and experience unforgettable sequences like bullets flying in slow motion with the utmost detail – transforming one of the most iconic sci-fi films of this generation.”
To be clear, this Dobly re-release is for one week only.
At the time of its original release in 1999, The Matrix brought new advancements to the sci-fi genre, taking home four technical Oscars (Best Film Editing, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing, and Best Visual Effects). Two more Matrix films followed, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, both released in 2003. The franchise also helped launch Keanu Reeves into superstardom and set the groundwork for his career portraying action heroes. Most recently, he starred in the action-thriller series John Wick.