First Saturday of 2008. We had planned for yet another “movie marathon” at home but this around, we invited two good old friends, SK and YP to join us. YP was only able to join us briefly but SK seemed to have enjoyed watching all three movies – Matrix, Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions – in one go!
DS is such an ardent fan of Matrix that he decided to write about it (read below) after having the luxury (of time and circumstance) to view all three movies again yesterday.
WRITTEN BY DS
The Matrix movie (all 3 parts) is one of my favourite movies. I thought it would be quite interesting to write a blog entry on it. I supposed that some of you who don’t like it won’t understand why, and even after hearing my explanations, will still probably won’t like it, but never mind – this is really for ‘fans’ only!
To describe the film simply, the movie is about a virtual world created by intelligent supercomputers to enslave human beings to produce electricity for them, and how a few generations of freed human beings tried to fight the machines to end the enslavement.
So, what is so interesting about that? I suppose it’s the subtle parts and messages in the movie that are really intriguing, some which could in fact be seen as religious and philosophical. Although the film may seem ridiculous, I find that it can really incite some thoughts about life. For example, could you answer the question whether our lives in this world are actually in a world that is like the matrix in the movie (ie how do you know you are not in a matrix)?
Recall what Morpheus said in the show, “What is real? How do you define real? If you’re talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.” This is a philosophical question (ie reality and illusion) that isn’t easy to answer. (Case in point, sometimes my wife sees some colours of green shades and I see them as blue, so which is real?).
Have you also thought about what’s so bad about living in the matrix? Yes, it’s 100% illusions, but which one is really better? Does that apply to us? Yes, it’s like asking whether our current world is better or the next world after death (hope you believe in one). I probably can go on and on, but I guess it will suffice if I just make a few quotes from the movie, and let you think about them 🙂 . Feel free to share your thoughts here.
Those who have read this far probably know what the matrix is, so I think I need not elaborate further on that!
From the young boy bending the spoon :
Do not try and bend the spoon. Instead, only try to realize the truth. There is no spoon. It is not the spoon that bends. It is only yourself.
From the Oracle to Neo :
Would you have still broken the vase if I hadn’t said anything?
You didn’t come here to make a choice. You’ve already made it. You’re here to understand why you made it.
Every story you have heard about vampires, werewolves, or aliens, is the system assimilating some programs that are doing something they’re not supposed to be doing.
Everything that has a beginning has an end.
We’re all here to do what we are all here to do. I’m interested in only one thing, the future. And the only way to get there is together.
From Agent Smith to Neo :
Without purpose, we will not exist. It is purpose that created us, connects us, pulls us, guides us, defines us and binds us.
From the Frenchman :
The real truth is cause and effect.
Choice is an illusion created between those with power and those without.
We are all victims of causality.
It is remarkable how similar the pattern of love is to the pattern of insanity.
From Morpheus :
What happened, happened, and couldn’t have happened any other way.
From the Architect to Neo :
Denial is the most predictable of all human responses.
Hope is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of greatest strength and weakness.