15 Most Memorable Movies About the End of the World
See how Hollywood has dealt with zombies, cyborgs, epidemics and more
The Matrix (1999)
What if the world already ended and we didn't even know it? That's the startling discovery computer programmer Neo (Keanu Reeves) makes in the Wachowski Brothers' landmark 1999 hit. Sentient machines have taken over, plugging people into an alternate reality that looks and feels like life but is nothing more than an elaborate illusion designed to distract humanity while machines use us as batteries. When Neo "wakes up" to the truth he joins a small rebellion waging war on the machines. With its iconic visual style, breakthrough bullet-time photography and giddy mix of philosophy and genre filmmaking, some fans still prefer to think of "The Matrix" as a standalone work, and not the start of an increasingly disappointing trilogy.