Ok, so while I was in Gulf Shores, Alabama for my labor day weekend, it was raining, so via my hotel tv, I watched The Matrix Reloaded. Great flick. Afterwards, while driving over some bridge, someone had written “Fuck the system”, “We all live in the Matrix”, and a few other phrases on the bridge wall. The two phrases I mentioned combined, with me just having watched The Matrix Reloaded, struck a chord.
I’ve come to the conclusion that The Matrix may be in some sense a political or social satire. Let’s look:
The Bad Guys: The bad guys are always dressed in suits, or some other formal wear. Why? I think that they are dressed in professiobnal atire to represent the government, or large corporations, or even conservatives beating up on the little guys, the rebels.
The Good Guys: Now, the good guys represent those people who don’t go along with the main stream idea. The good guys could be helping to represent an opressive government that does as much as possible to keep the public in the dark as to the going ons of the government.
The Matrix: The matrix itself, I think, could represent the illusion of safety that plagues our country. Before the movie was made, everybody thought we would never get attacked, blah blah, and then we did. Our saftey net was cut and people fell into the water. In the Matrix Reloaded, Neo says that a lot, lot more people were being released from the matrix than before, and that more people were realizing the truth. After September 11, suddenly everybody was out to get us. After Morpheus is rescued, Zion goes under attack. Sounds like a moderate connection…
The Architect: A man behind the scenes. Big corporations are often cited as having their hand in the pocket of the government, a group behind the scenes. The architect was a man that nobody knew existed, but was behind everything that ran the matrix.
So there you have it.