All right pal. I now realize that the only reason you wanted to start a blog was to rail against Armageddon. It is all too clear. I am so glad that you got that monkey off your back. Now let me get my monkey off of mine.
The Matrix Trilogy is the best trilogy ever made. Not only that, but, I think Reloaded was underrated and might be the best of the three. I know that there are many others who have written and analyzed these movies more eloquently than I could hope to, but here are my thoughts (with some help).
Aside from the staggeringly complex world that was created and the unbelievable action sequences, these movies present a fascinating dialogue on the notions of free will, power, control, self awareness, purpose and love. The latter being the prime message in the movie I feel. The idea of love is littered throughout the movies. To quote the Oracle, “Cookies need love like everything does.”
The first Matrix is a nice movie but merely sets the stage for the second movie. Matrix Reloaded is really the meat of the series. It is a philosophical discussion on the human condition. How flawed we are. How easily we can be controlled by our own brain chemistry and biology. How those with power can easily manipulate those who don’t simply by providing them with a perceived sense of free will when the truth is that we have no free will (or do we?) This question is what drives us. Why do we continue to fight against control. Smith asks Neo, “Do you think you are fighting for something more than your survival. Can you tell me what it is? Do you even know? Is it freedom or truth? Perhaps peace. Could it be for love? Delusions Mr. Anderson. Vagaries of perception. Temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is without meaning or purpose. And all of them as artificial as the matrix itself. Although only a human mind would develop something as insipid as love. Why do you persist?”
“Because I choose to.”
It is a dichotomous battle between the best and the worst of humanity. I think the biggest message in the movie is that love is what drives the best in us. The difference with Neo over the other “mathematical anomalies” before him is that he chose love. I know that seems like a sappy old message, but, Neo is the warrior for those who are trying to rise above all the distracting and controlling BS in the world that takes us away from realizing the calm that comes from self awareness and love (in what ever form that is).
“Neo. He fights for us”.
The only reality in the Matrix world is purpose and mathematics. The anomaly is choice. The driver for change is love.
“Love is just a word. What matters is the connection that the word implies”
Matrix Revolutions is the climax of all of these themes. I am always brought to tears when Neo and Trinity rise above the real clouds that cover earth and see the real blue sky for the first time. Holy crap! So powerful.
Well pal. I have been keeping that one in. It seems that not many people I know like Reloaded and Revolutions. They often cite the first one as the best. They are not seeing the digital forest for the digital trees.