Telling a massive computer that things are going to change

May 31, 2022 10:48 am


The Matrix was a film that changed the way action movies were made. It featured a combination of Directors John Woo, David Lynch, Joel Schumacher and Kathryn Bigelow’s stylings all in one fell swoop. There were martial arts, there were explosions, crashing helicopters and a new form of filming that uses panoramic cameras all taking a shot at the same instance. It was called bullet time. It also features a lot of phones. In fact, if Keanu Reeves’s character, Neo, had gone on to rather than looking for Morpheus he would have soon found his way to a Vodafone Ardee store and got an upgrade.

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Another factor of the film is the deeper questions it asks. The Matrix is a vast computer program that people are plugged into at birth. They live and die in it all for their bodies’ heat to be a power source for the sentient machines that now run the world.  Naturally, Neo doesn’t take kindly to this news and has a bit of trouble dealing with it. To make matters worse, or better, it turns out he’s the chosen one and will be able to change “the Matrix as he sees fit”.

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The film ends with Neo making a phone call, not on a mobile. He uses a phonebooth and tells the machines that things are going to be very different in the Matrix. He puts the phone down, steps out of the booth and promptly flies up into the air.