This movie is one of my favorite movies of all time and everyone should see it at least once in their lifetime. Considered a groundbreaking film in its time due to the complex sci-fi plot development and the amazing special effects (which still look good today), The Matrix is a sci-fi classic that still heavily influences cinema today, and many people make references to it even now. Despite the ratings on positive messages for The Matrix on this website, I think it has much more to offer than just the character dynamics presented in the review of it (although most of the characters are great). Notice also the mythological allusions presented in the names of characters and places in the movie (which are present throughout the trilogy) and their relevance to the story, as well as the foreshadowing (which has several literary allusions in it) presented in the beginning of the movie. The plot is deeply intellectual in content and traces back to George Berkley's philosophy of immaterialism (which I have been studying on my own due to my obsession with this movie), which was formulated as early as the 18th century. The plot and allusions make for good later discussions, as well as the though-provoking, catchy concepts (red pill-blue pill, "follow the white rabbit" as a key allusion, "squiddies", uploading knowledge etc.). The technology appears obviously outdated, but it still makes sense for the plot, as the humans are supposed to be improvising in the technology they use to combat the machines, and it looks old-fashioned in a stylistic way. The actors all portray strong characters that each have some important role in the movie. (I'm currently watching The Matrix for the 8th time, and I've realized that all the characters have at least one memorable line.)
This film is not suitable for younger kids, however, because there is consistent violence (the morals are the typical action-movie "kill-the-bad-guy-and-you'll-win"). Though most of the best special effects are presented in the action scenes, these scenes involve a lot of gun use, explosions, and combat. It's too intense for kids under 12, in my opinion. There is also consistent swearing throughout the movie, although most of the swearing is relatively mild. Two details that are not mentioned in the website reviews are a scene where a character "flips off" someone (intended as a joke), and a very mild drug reference in one of the beginning scenes (it's easily overlooked and not at all pertinent to the movie, and it is also intended to be a joke).
This is an amazing movie for teenagers and adults alike, and can be enjoyed as an awesome action movie or a complex sci-fi film with many multifaceted aspects to it. I hope you appreciate it as I did.