A Review And Analysis Of 'The Matrix' By The Wachowski Brothers, And Its Exploration Of Christianity.

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A Review And Analysis Of ‘The Matrix’ By The Wachowski Brothers, And Its Exploration Of Christianity

‘The Matrix’, a 1999 film by the Wachowski Brothers, is a psychologically disturbing film that questions the reality of our existence. This film is a story with a moral plot, about a group of renegades fighting a noble battle for truth, and the liberation of the human race.

The film revolves around a character called Thomas Anderson (also known online under the alias of ‘Neo’, a hacker) who appears to be completely normal – he has a normal, dull desk job by day, and at home he leads another life in front of his computer. However, everything changes when a person called ‘Trinity’ – an apparently quite well-known and infamous hacker – asks to meet with him. The events that follow reveal to ‘Neo’ that the world he accepts as reality is in fact a computer program. The world has long since fallen to a form of Distopia – Artificial Intelligence reigns as the superior race, using humans as a power source, keeping them restrained in ‘pods’, sending a computer program of the ‘real world’ into their brains to keep them content and quiet.

With the help of Trinity, Neo meets with the group of renegades and their leader, Morpheus, who have freed themselves of the brainwashing program (called the Matrix). Morpheus tells Neo about the Matrix and Neo joins them in the ‘real’ world. Morpheus then explains everything to Neo – about the Matrix, about the robots, about their terrible past and their ultimate ‘apocalypse’ in which the humans fell. Since the sun was burned from the skies in a vain attempt to thwart the solar powered robots, they had to retreat to the depths of the earth, near the warmth of its core. The location of the human settlement, Zion, is unknown to the robots, who insert themselves into the Matrix as a set of programs, known to the renegades as ‘the Agents’. These Agents kidnap Morpheus and attempt to break his spirit to make him tell them the codes into Zion. With the help of Trinity and the other renegades, it is Neo’s job to rescue Morpheus and in the process, discover his true powers and his ultimate destiny.

‘The Matrix’ shows us the future that lies down the end of one of the trouser-legs of time – humankind has been over-powered by their own inventions and are now living in what they think is the real world, while their planet crumbles around them. The film portrays the illusory world in the Matrix as being almost identical to our real world today, increasing the impact of its unreality later, whilst the film’s portrayal of their ‘real world’ is post-apocalyptic. It appears to be much like many portrayals of Hell or a similar Distopia, which Morpheus describes as the “desert of the real”. To us this ‘reality’ seems too unreal and nightmarish. We as an audience feel slightly repulsed, as we don’t think that this could possibly be our world in the future, but as the film progresses, we realise that this future may be a grim reality.

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Near the beginning of the film, many things hint to a sort of mix up between reality and a dream and as viewers, we experience real versus unreal. Even in the title sequence, where we are shown computer codes and everything made up of simple numbers running across the screen, the camera zooms into the single digit, ‘0’. As we get closer, we realise this one number is made up of yet more numbers, until we finally go inside the ‘0’, and literally enter the Matrix. Near the very beginning, when we first meet Trinity, we think her to ...

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