2. THE MATRIX (1999)

Big Brother situations can’t get much more grandiose than this. Introducing a simulated reality into the “they’re controlling and watching us” notion, Andy and Larry Wachowski’s seminal The Matrix illustrated a society that looks and feels real but isn’t at all. Computer programmer Neo (Keanu Reeves) and his neighbors are actually living in a made-up world created by machines to monitor humans and harvest their body heat as an energy source. The Matrix is the kind of intimidating movie that’s only momentarily upsetting because it’s so unrealistic. If only the film’s totalitarian machines could’ve brainwashed the Wachowski’s into forsaking their designs for a trilogy. The Matrix Revolutions is scary for all the wrong reasons.