This year, the sci-fi masterpiece The Matrix turns 20 years old. Written and directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers) and produced by Joel Silver, the film was released on March 31, 1999, grossing over $460 million worldwide. It won 4 Academy Awards (as well as BAFTA and Saturn awards) and is a staple on any sci-fi “greatest hits list.” It also secured its place as a classic American film when it was added to the National Film Registry in 2012 for permanent preservation. While the special effects may no longer impress us, what really stands out about the film after 20 years is the lingering suspicion that we’re being controlled by the technology we created. And, perhaps more frightening, that most of us would prefer to live in blissful ignorance rather than face the truth of living in a world where we have very little free will.