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A sort of review of the Matrix

Posted by phduffy on 2003-10-19 01:21:14
Today was a mix of the good and the bad.

Tonight I watched the 2nd Matrix movie for the 3rd time. Oh yeah, if you haven't seen it, and care about it, maybe don't read the rest of this column.

The first time I saw it I thought that the first twenty minutes sucked, and that the rest of it was good, if not as good as the first one. This is all true, but I think there's more going on then that.

The first 20 minutes of the movie is crap, as it's all lovey dovey garbage. However, I have come to realize that the Matrix might actually be about all that stuff.

The other thing about this movie that isn't great is that it takes itself far too seriously. Okay, you made a great movie. However, you did not invent a new religion or philosphy.

Okay, so what's good about this? Well obviously there's the high quantity of ass kicking. Personally I thought that the 100 Smiths vs. Neo scene wasn't all that great, but the fight with medeval weapons and the freeway scene are awesome. But this movie is also something of a mystery, as the viewer is invited to figure out what the hell is going on. This is much more apparent in the second watch, as when Agent Smith says that Neo is smarter this time, you actually know what he's talking about. Of course, there are still mysteries. To me, the most interesting of these is, What is going on with Agent Smith? He seems to be against Neo, and yet he is also agaisnt the system. More importantly, near the end of the film Neo has to enter a building and open a door. If he opens the door at the wrong time, the building blows up and everyone dies.
Okay, so Neo goes into the building thinking all is well. Turns out he's wrong, and if he were to proceed with his plan, everyone dies. However, at almost the exact moment that he turns toward the door, Agent Smith shows up. Smith then fights Neo for almost the exact amount of time that it takes for the problem to be solved, and then Neo goes through the door. However, it does seem like he is trying to kill Neo. But, we're told that Smith is now an anomaly, and this may be different from the other Matrici.

Okay, back to my original point about love. When Neo is talking to the architect, he is given an option of two doors. One that will allow humanity to continue, and one that will save Trinity, but presumably mean everyone dies. We are told that Neo is the first Neo to love. Furthermore, presumably all the other Neos chose the door that continues humanity, thus leaving us in the current situation.
Ergo, the only way to change things would be to choose the other door, and hope something different happens. And the only reason he picks the other door is because of love! So this is basically a love story.
Of course, the architect doesn't really seem to care that he picked the door he picked, so I don't know.
Also, what's the deal with the Oracle? Good or bad? If good, why is Neo shown fighting Jet Li in the previews for the new movie? And why did she tell him that he's not the One? Because the only way he could realize that he's the One is to think that he's not the One? WTF?

Finally, I'm sure that maby people have views about what's going on. Pretty much eveyone I've talked to about it has the same ideas, except Miguel, who says that that's too obvious, so something else must be underfoot.

I guess the only way to find out is to wait till Nov. 5.

Originally I was going to put this in opinions, but I think I'll put this in reviews. I was also going to mention that it kind of sucks that one of my favourite writers got fired from his job at espn for making remarks that some might consider anti semitic. It also sucks that me might be anti semitic. I can see the point he was making, but he phrased it very poorly. As he admitted in his apology. Still, troubling times.

On the bright side, the Marlines won game one tonight. SCREW YOU YANKEES.