War of the Worlds (1953)
Produced by George Pal
Directed by Byron Haskell
Screenplay by Barre Lyndon
Based on the Novel by H.G. Welles
Cast: Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne, Robert Cornthwaite, Henry Brandon, Jack Kruschen. Narrated by Sir Cedric Hardwicke.
"No one gave a thought to the older worlds of space as sources of human danger, or thought of them only to dismiss the idea of life upon them as impossible or improbable... Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. And early in the twentieth century came the great disillusionment."
H.G. Welles, War of the Worlds (1898)
The Matrix (1999)
Produced by Andrew Mason
Written and directed by Andy and Larry Wachowski
Released by Warner Brothers
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Hugo Weaving.
Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) is a software programmer in a world eerily similar to our own who, under his nighttime hacker nickname of Neo, has heard the Matrix whispered about his entire life, but no one knows what it is. All the beautiful Trinity (Carrie-Ann Moss) can tell him is that "it's looking for you."
What Neo thinks is the real world is no more than a computer-generated dreamscape, a virtual reality created by artificial intelligence that controls everything to distract our human minds while our bodies are systematically plundered as an energy source to keep those nefarious machines up and running.
These machines have an interest in Neo. He has been tagged as 'The One," the foretold liberator that possesses the power to destroy the Matrix and free the human race.
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