(Note: This film is part of my “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” project of film reviews).
“The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work… when you go to church… when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth. That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison for your mind.”
- The Matrix
Recently, I had the opportunity to re-visit this film based on some of the ideas of this philosopher. At it’s core, this movie has so many meanings and interpretations – there are so many themes involved.
One of the most famous quotes in the movie begs the question, “What is The Matrix?” And, the quote above sums it all up beautifully. To say the least, I think this movie really came before it’s time.
For me personally, it seems this film is very much like a wake up call (kind of like this movie). It explores the issue of whether or not it is better to live in ignorance or have the knowledge and know the truth. And, sometimes what we grow up with and know is not always the best for us. When faced with a decision, we must make a choice whether or not to continue living the way we do or seek out the truth no matter how much it hurts.
There are so many interpretations that can be made from this theme alone. In a way, the truth can be a shock and a disruption in our everyday lives and routines. We grow up living our lives day to day immersed in our routines believing this is how life is for all of us. But, what if there was a different kind of life out there? This kind of life would not be the same as everyone believes it to be. What then?
Our lives would be completely turned around. We would begin to question our existence and our purpose. And, at its very center – this film really does explore this issue. What is our purpose in life? Why are we here? And, what are we created to do?
It was a thrill to re-visit this movie as well as the entire trilogy. I especially enjoyed the last installment which answers a lot of questions and wonderfully closed the series bringing it to an end.
If you’re in the mood for a sci-fi film that really makes you think, you should definitely check this one out.
Happy movie watching!
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