Sunday, November 09, 2003
Take that! And that! And this too!
Given the period ever since Matrix Revolutions was first shown I assume it's safe to post some personal reviews with spoilers? Yes? Hokay, the movie on the surface was good. The action was great (the duel near the end drew comparisons to Dragonball Z, good thing I haven't watched any of it). How the story turned out was really good and when the trilogy is taken as a whole, the stuff is pure WOW. The Wachowski brothers are geniuses for coming up with such a complex labyrinthic story (the term exists, I checked the dictionary). Of course I had to read through various interpretations and theories that formed a photo mosaic of, surprise, surprise, the Oracle. Who would have thought that the moving force behind all the decisions and directions the characters will make were orchestrated by a seemingly harmless old woman? Read through Dragonfirexx's post Dumb critics versus Matrix Revolutions to make sense out of the whole story (actually I have to agree with the title. I don't get those critics anyway). It's actually ironic that those critics who were expecting to be disappointed weren't.
People are familiar with the allusions of the whole Matrix trilogy to Christianity, what they don't realize is how close it hews to the events written in the Bible. Hmmm... Ok let's discuss the things in the movie that parallels with the spiritual stuff. The catastrophic destruction of the earth as the result of the war between man and machines has its counterpart in the coming dark years called The Great Tribulation which is described to be so terrible that it will be "unequaled from the beginning of the world until now--and never to be equaled again." The concept of the Matrix which almost everyone treats as the real world also has its roots written in the Bible (2 Corinthians 4:18). Neil Anderson writes it succinctly in Crosswalk.com: "The ultimate reality is spiritual, not physical. . .Every physical thing we see is only temporal and passing away." Which explains a whole lot about "plugged" and "unplugged" people. Didn't Morpheus et al offer those who would be unplugged the choice to know the truth about what's out there? At the same time didn't Jesus say, "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free"? Which brings out a thought: Are there atheists in the Matrix? Are there people who scoff at the idea of an Architect creating a world and life outside their perceived reality? Makes one wonder doesn't it? I also have to point out an oversight, the story is set almost two hundred years into the future and it seems that people have stopped practicing religion of any kind, except for that Buddhist kid who doesn't believe in spoons, how come people still shout "Jesus Christ!" and "Oh my God!" at varying intervals? History dictates that expressions change and doesn't even stay within the same generation so doesn't that seem like an anomaly to them? That's something to think about. The last comparison I could make out in this movie, at least for now, is about the sacrifice of the One. The virus known as Agent Smith was threatening to take over everything and he will not stop until everything has been destroyed as the Oracle puts it. So in order for the enemy to be defeated Neo had to take another form and enter the enemy's territory. And to bring about complete victory he had to allow himself to be assimilated and then destroyed, this sacrifice brought about complete freedom for the Zionites, freedom for those who want out of the Matrix, brought in an agreement between the machines (via Deus Ex Machina) and men (represented by Neo) ushering in a Golden Age for both. At the same time, the celestial virus known as Satan was threatening to destroy everything and chances are he won't stop until everything is destroyed. So in order for the enemy to be defeated Jesus had to take another form and enter the enemy's territory. And to bring about complete victory He had to take all the sins of man on himself and then die, this sacrifice brought about complete freedom for those who believed , freedom for those who will believe, brought in an agreement between the divine (God) and men (represented by Jesus) that will ultimately usher in a Golden Age of Peace at the end of this age. The differences between the two is that one was resurrected to his identity and sacrificial destiny while the other already knew his identity and destiny and was resurrected after his sacrifice. And though Neo and Smith are equal in status, balancing the equation, Jesus and Satan are not. These are just part of the many comparisons between the movie and the deep spiritual truths found in the good book and it's more than interesting if you ask me.