Will Smith explains his reasoning for turning down The Matrix. The Matrix was a landmark action movie when it arrived, combining heady sci-fi concepts and philosophy with action scenes inspired by Asian cinema and anime. The movie’s mysterious marketing campaign also whipped up hype for the project before audiences even knew what the actual premise was. The story featured a computer hacker named Neo (Keanu Reeves) discovering the world is actually an elaborate computer simulation and the human race has been enslaved by a race of machines.
Neo teams up with a group of freedom fighters, led by Laurence Fishburne’s Morpheus, intent on freeing humanity from The Matrix, Fans eagerly awaited the arrival of sequel The Matrix Reloaded, with 2003 seeing an advertising blitz from the franchise, including a video game and an anime. Unfortunately, despite featuring some impressive action sequences, Reloaded was greeted with mixed reviews. The sequel proved so disappointing to fans that the next chapter The Matrix Revolutions – which was released six months later and brought Neo’s story to a close – only grossed about half the box office take of Reloaded.
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