So, what is The Matrix? Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is... you have to see it for yourself.
I went into this movie expecting a lot, which usually leads to severe disappointment. Not in this case. The Matrix is an amazing, story-driven action/special-effects extravaganza. I do not want to reveal anything, except to say that it deals with one of those paranoid "we are all being controlled by some unseen entity" ideas. I know that does not appeal to some people, but if you're one of those people, please, see it anyway.
The action sequences are nothing less than phenomenal, and the special effects compliment the story rather than detract from it. Outstanding performance by Lawrence Fishburn, and Keanu Reeves more than holds his own (as he did in Devil's Advocate). This film reminds me of Blade Runner, but, even though everyone tells me that I am supposed to revere that movie as a masterpiece, The Matrix is so much more enjoyable.
To put it simply, The Matrix ROCKS.
10 out of 10.