Exploring The Matrix Rabbithole with a Psychedelic Flashlight (movie)
Mar 13, 2010
(I suppose this belongs here too.)
There are two concepts mentioned in The Matrix which are important to its analysis. But curiously the specific names for those concepts are never actually used in the movies.
The missing words are:
Reincarnation & Avatar
To comprehend The Matrix you must pay close attention to certain dialogs. There are numerous such dialogs throughout the movies. This is from the conversation with Morpheus after Neo passed out from the shock of learning what The Matrix was:
Morpheus: When the Matrix was first built, there was a man born inside who had the ability to change whatever he wanted, to remake the Matrix as he saw fit. It was he who freed the first of us, taught us the truth: 'As long as the Matrix exists the human race will never be free.' After he died the Oracle prophesized his return and that his coming would hail the destruction of the Matrix, end the war, bring freedom to our people. That is why there are those of us who have spent our entire lives searching the Matrix looking for him. I did what I did because I believe that search is over.... Get some rest, you're going to need it.
Morpheus is telling Neo that he is the reincarnation of "a god". That he is an AVATAR!
The term Avatar comes from the Hindu religion but the idea is probably far more widespread than that.
But Morpheus was the Greek god of dreams. Obviously the origin of the word morphine. This is a reasonable name for the character that explains the virtual reality of The Matrix to Neo. But is there more to it than that? Morpheus is the captain of the Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar was a king of Babylon who had a dream interpretted by Daniel. It was of a statue with a head of gold and feet of clay.
The Random House dictionary says that Rome is The Matrix of Western civilization. And our consumer culture with football players for gladiators and television for the Circus has turned us into batteries.
It is a pity that one can never see The Matrix for the first time again and wonder WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON!? when Trinity shows superhuman powers and disappears from a phone booth. That was BIZARRE! But The Matrix is not just a science fiction movie, in fact it may not be a science fiction movie at all. It is a metaphorcal allegory of reality but of a reality more weird than any we know. Is The Matrix is giving us clues about the REAL Rabbithole that some don't want us to know about?
Neo first starts to realize things are very strange when he is trying to escape The Agents and talking to Morpheus on the cell phone and asks, "How do you know all this?"
But the first odd, not so odd, thing that I noticed was after Neo had been captured and was sitting in the interrogation room we could see him on nine monitors at once. At first I didn't think there was anything peculiar about a prisoner being monitored, but why have nine monitors showing the same thing? Of course this made no sense until Matrix Reloaded.
Those monitors were not in the police station. Those monitors were in The Architect's room and The Architect was watching the next Anomaly.
The Matrix is not quite a trilogy. Maybe it is only two movies with the second being so long that it needed to be broken in two. Theatre owners don't like 4 hour movies. But movie #1 contains hints and unexplained occurences which make much more sense when they are figured out from the context of the later movies. But that presents the major problem with the trilogy. It is too complex for some people. I have talked to a woman that could not get the concept of the matrix. She did not get the idea of when the characters were in it or out of it. To anyone like that the movie was just a lot of violent action that made no sense whatsoever. But for many people the first movie was great and everything after that was junk.
But that is one of the amazing and brilliant things about the Wachowski brother's creation. If the first movie had not been a financial success then there would never have been a second and third. And yet so many people were disappointed by the second. A sequel always has a certain disadvantage. The first movie introduces and explains THE BIG IDEA. Especially so in science fiction movies with strange Big Ideas. Whatever it is that motivates all of the action. The Matrix is certainly a bigger idea than most. I don't know of any other story with all of humanity plugged into a simulation and NOT KNOWING IT. But we know all about that by the second movie so what is the NEW BIG IDEA?
Neo meets the Merovingian and after the fight scene he says, "I survived your predecessors and I will survive you." It looks as though Neo does not know what he is talking about. But eventually Neo meets The Architect and learns he is The Sixth ANOMALY.
But Wait, when Neo went to see The Oracle the Spoon Boy had five bent spoons and handed Neo THE SIXTH SPOON which he bent and it poped back straight. Was that a prophecy that Neo would be the Anomaly destined to succeed while his five predecessors failed? The Merovingian expected business as usual after some minor inconveniences.
But how could Neo succeed when he himself said, "I wish I knew what to do."
The Oracle and The Architect were the Yang and Yin creator gods of the matrix. The Oracle wore Yang/Yin earings. A very white man and a very black woman as Yang and Yin? LOL But Neo and Agent Smith formed another Yang and Yin. It was Neo's accidental creation of the super Agent Smith that gave him the bargaining power to cut a deal with The Machine in Revolutions. So Neo was destined to win from the very first movie by his own actions even though he did not predict or understand what he did.
There are so many details in those movies I could go on and on and on but this has got to stop somewhere. And you have to go back and check the date on Neo's passport. But I have never STUDIED a movie before. Or had a need to.
And on that reincarnation business, beware of Ian Stevenson.
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Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss Directed by Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski Writer: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski 1999
Product Description Set in the 22nd century, The Matrix tells of a computer hacker (Reeves) who joins a group of underground insurgents fighting the vast and powerful computers who now rule the earth. The computers are powered by human beings...
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