The Matrix has you / cannot tell you who you are.

~ a short essay on what The Matrix saga means to me.

I think The Matrix (1999) is a perfect film. The sci-fi action picture was created by Lana and Lily Wachowski and stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie Anne-Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving {legends across the board}.

My review:

The series continues with The Animatrix (2003), Reloaded (2003), Revolutions (2003), various video games, and now The Matrix Resurrections (2021). The franchise broke ground in cyberpunk and A.I. concepting, kung x gun fu action cinematics, and a range of sociopolitical and technological throughlines concerning the core storyline.

Undoubtedly, The Matrix — with its story of a computer-generated dream world being used to totally captivate and imprison humanity’s minds while a small rebel force of freedom fighters battle back against the hegemony of machines in the near-apocalyptic far future — means a lot of things to a lot of different people:

It’s a warning about Artificial Intelligence. It depicts a picture perfect Hero’s Journey / escape from Plato’s cave. It’s about kicking ass and looking hella sexy. It’s an allegory for the journey of a trans person. It’s a metaphor for political awakening, with the red pill being the truth and the blue pill being the ignorant lie — being “red pilled” is to wield the *correct* worldview, while being blue pilled means to be asleep in a fantasy, and potentially an enemy to the truth…

Read on:



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