The reason The Matrix (1999) still holds up 18 years later is because they did so much of the action and visual effects for real.
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I remember when it was being advertised. This was before the internet was as big as it is now. There was a mystery as to what it was. All you saw was "what is the matrix?" Then I went to see it in the theater and was blown away. It was like nothing I'd ever seen before. I still watch it if it's on when I'm flipping through the channels.