I’m not sure if any of this should be considered spoilers as the movie is already out, but I thought that I should be considerate as there are surely some that have not seen it yet. I leave it to the moderator’s disgression as to merge it with another Matrix thread. I broke down, dealt with the crowds and saw the movie last night and have some comments, possible reasoning and inquiries concerning the movie Reloaded and the series in general. As everything is connected to everything else , some of these thoughts might be a bit jumbled.
1. The most important question would be what exactly happened at the moment when Neo stopped the sentinels in, what Morpheus called, the “desert of the real”?
One explanation is that the ‘real’ world is just another matrix outside of the matrix. So why? Since a major running theme is that of choices and the illusion that our choices are free, this second matrix could be another illusion of the freedom of choice. By this I mean to say that, there are those that choose, when the ability to choose is known, to live in the computer world of the matrix or to choose to live in the “desert of the real”, but what if the ‘real’ world is not really real at all and just another illusion to allow the individual to believe that they are making a free choice? Again, why would the computers do this? Well, it is stated time and time again that humans rejected the “programming to describe their perfect world and whole crops were lost” and that “humans define themselves through misery” and the idea that they can choose. Crops? Yes, the energy source for the machines; humans in tanks giving off heat to be converted as usable energy. So this matrix inside a matrix would be the illusion to make choices to an even further extent. Even though I am not partial to this idea the reasoning makes sense.
The opposite side of the coin, and much more interesting, is that the “desert of the real” is the real world. Which opens one hell of a big can of worms. How can Neo produce an EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) or any other super human ability outside of the computer program? Perhaps this is a commentary on how the computer-generated world of the matrix is not that dissimilar to the world that we believe in. Perhaps Neo can change things in the real world because he is no longer confined by the boundaries of what he believes he can and cannot do. This is a running theme in Buddhism, specifically Taoism, or you could just research the allegory of the Cave in Plato’s Republic. I could go into this in great detail, but it is not my intention to insert my personal philosophy into this discussion so I wont. I am merely interested in what the writers are trying to convey.
With this last possibility, there is an interesting idea that came to me. Remember when Tank, or was it Dozer, was feeding Neo fighting programs in the first movie and stated something to the effect of “he’s (Neo) been at it 10 hours straight. He’s a machine”. Well, what if he is? Agent Smith is a machine and he was able to come over the ‘real’ world. Which brings me to another idea. It is insinuated that ‘Real’ Smith triggered an EMP that disabled the ships that he was with and the sentinels slaughtered them all. Since Neo and ‘Real’ Smith are both in comas at the end of the film and Neo produced an EMP by himself. It would be fairly save to assume that Smith might have triggered the pulse without the use of the device in the ship. This leads to a lot more questions that I will get into later.
2. Who are the 6 other messiahs that the Architect spoke of and are they still around?
I think that one could be the snotty French guy. He seems like he buys into all of the Architect’s ideas and is now just another toady; he also seems to have a lot of toadies of his own that are old models. His girlfriend is the one that lead me to believe this though as she stated that he used to be just like Neo.
How about chancellor Hamman or others of the council? Could they be some of the last ‘new recruits’ (those said to rebuild Zion) from the last time that the Matrix was ‘Reloaded’ by the choice of the last Neo like character? Hamman did seem to insinuate that the machines and humans almost ‘needed’ one another to survive as if he was trying to set Neo up for something in the future or even a possible solution to the power struggle.
Two other ideas that I have not given much thought, but that I have heard are Agent Smith and the Architect himself. Smith did mention that he wanted what Neo wanted and he does seem to be able to do similar things that Neo can do. As for the Architect, I don’t think that I buy it, but I’d love to hear other’s ideas.
3. Symbolic characters.
Since I can’t really go into religion here, it is a bit difficult to talk about this. But there is a definite God/Devil/Messiah theme going on with the Architect (God), Neo (Messiah), and the Oracle (Devil). But you can’t think about it in a Good/Evil way. Think about it more as the ability to choose as in the story of the apple of knowledge and the Garden of Eden. Please do not talk about this in specific religious terms as the thread will get closed, but I am really interested to know if anyone knows how the Key maker fits into this symbolic structure.
Note to Mod: If this section of my post is too much in the discussing religion category, please delete section 3 of my post only. I only mean to talk about this as character profile types.
Your friendly neighborhood movie moderator here. You can discuss these religious themes and how they are portrayed in the Matrix, that is all right to do. Just don't discuss it as religion alone, make sure it's related to the movie somehow, like Jonna's done with his observation/analysis. Anyone who feels like testing this, please think otherwise, as your post will be deleted and you will be reported. Ok, back to Jonna.
4. What exactly is the Architect and why create someone like Neo in the first place?
Even though I have only seen the film once, I would have to say that the Architect is indeed what he seems to be: the Go….err…head honcho figure or Father computer making sure that he raises his children in the way that he wants them to evolve and in doing so evolve himself. So why create a messiah character like Neo and the other six that are led to believe that they have the possibility of destroying the Architect? This is for the reason that I have already stated: for his, the computer’s, own evolution and perfection of the matrix to better control humans. However, another interesting idea goes back to my statement of Neo being a machine, human or human machine as is ‘Real World’ Smith. This would win the battle for the machines, as they would destroy humanity by infesting the bodies of humans and killing the human mind. Neo’s existence could be because the Architect had this evolution in mind the entire time. Or could Neo, even though he may be a computer himself, find a way to destroy the computers and the Architect? We’ll just have to wait and see.
I am getting tired, but I want to pose two more questions/ideas. Has anyone noticed that in both movies all of the screen shots inside of the ‘known’ matrix have a green tint and all of the screen shots outside of it have a blue tint? It’s true, but I haven’t a solid enough theory to mention. Also the 3rd movie is called Revolutions, is this referring to the cyclic pattern of the Neo like character in the matrix?