In 2002, Brent Staples communicated with Jean Baudrillard about the use of his philosophy in The Matrix (1999), a film written and directed by Andy and Larry Wachowski. Staples wrote, “He [Baudrillard] noted that the film’s “borrowings” from his work “stemmed mostly from misunderstandings” and suggested that no movie could ever do justice to the themes of this book”. In this paper, I will argue that the Wachowski Brothers did not want to “do justice to the themes of this book”; they wanted to adapt Baudrillard’s theories about the blurring of the real and unreal, and the eventual extermination of the real, into a story that provides hope for humans wanting to escape the suffocation of the “hyperreal”. The “hyperreal” was first coined by Baudrillard in his book, Simulacra and Simulations (1983); it is the product of the distortions of the real through endless simulations of it in radio, newspaper, television, and film.
In The Matrix, Morpheus offers Neo one more opportunity to accept the “hyperreal” in the form of a blue pill which alludes to a world of fantasy, a world that has imprisoned the real—this world is known as the matrix. Many people, like Neo, might ask "what is the matrix?" Whether they would be ready, or not, Morpheus will tell them, “The Matrix is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth”. The truth “that you are a slave”, “like everyone else you were born into bondage, into a prison that you can’t smell, or taste, or touch; a prison for your mind”. This prison is built not necessarily to keep you from being free, but to keep you from the real. The prison’s simulations of the real are so precise that they fool thousands of people in The Matrix. However, there...
... middle of paper ...
... the matrix. Neo speaks of a simulation that produces redundancy, a simulation that fears change and evolution, and finally a system that allows no progression of human thought. Neo and his band of revolutionaries are now set on awakening as many people as possible from this banal, fake existence. An existence that has produced the stagnation that the Wachowskis feel humans have been born into.
There is meaning to be found in life, and for the renegades in The Matrix, meaning is reality. The Wachowskis, and those liberated from the programmed world, see the perpetual simulations and the machines responsible for them as enemies. The enemies of reality are accountable for the traditional cultural suffocation of the real, progress, inspiration, dreams, and individuality. The Matrix and its creators take the position that no amount of this suppression is acceptable.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- ... The Matrix and The Allegory of the Cave accurately correlate as well as differentiate the ideas of the light, the prisoners and the process of enlightenment. The Matrix and The Allegory of the cave are very similar in the way they depict the light. Thing he has ever known was a lie. However once he saw matrix he could never go back to believing what he had known before. As for the Allegory of the cave the light is what hurt the prisoner 's eyes and made it difficult for him to see. What is meant by difficult to see is how the prisoner not wanting to believe where he had been living was not real.... [tags: Morpheus, The Matrix, Redpill, The Matrix Reloaded]
1247 words (3.6 pages)
- Blood Music by Greg Bear and Movie The Matrix Throughout the novel Blood Music, by Greg Bear, remarkable similarities to the movie Matrix are observed. From the fact that both stories create an entirely new world to the main characters ultimately being in control, these two stories are one in the same. Seen in both the novel and the movie, the question of what is real. arises quite often. The characters also share the quality of being in more than one place at a time. The most incredible occurrence though is the ability to have unlimited knowledge.... [tags: Blood Music Bear Matrix Movie Film Essays]
1529 words (4.4 pages)
- Movie the Matrix and Octavia Butler's Dawn When I first announced to my parents that I was going to marry my current wife, the first words out of my father’s mouth were, “But she’s from another culture.” My father and mother, although being generally good people, are the products of an older system of beliefs. It is the matrix I was raised with, and that dictated my earlier learning experience. Fortunately for me, I chose to risk alienating my parents, and told them that if they ever mentioned “different cultures” to me again, it would be the last time we would be on speaking terms.... [tags: Matrix Butler Dawn Essays]
1552 words (4.4 pages)
- Ideology and Reality in the Movie, The Matrix The matrix, as presented in the eponymous film, operates as an Althusserian Ideological State Apparatus (ISA). The Matrix1 presents a world in which "the state [as] a 'machine' of repression" is made literal where robots rule the land (Althusser 68). It is true that they rule by force (sentinels and agents) and these constitute the Repressive State Apparatus, but their primary force of subjugation is the matrix, their ISA. The film traces the path of one man, Neo, in his painful progress from the ideology of the matrix to the "real world," or the ideology of the "real."2 The matrix, unlike the ideology of the "real," is explicitly defined a... [tags: Movie Film Essays]
2251 words (6.4 pages)
- New Twists on an Old Theme It has been said that there are no new ideas, only old ones told in a new voice. This thought can be applied in many areas of life and art including the art of filmmaking. There are examples everywhere of classic stories or themes expressed in new formats. Sometimes these duplicates are blatant as in "The Wiz" following "The Wizard of Oz," the numerous perspectives given to "Cinderella" and recreations such as the modern day telling of "Othello." Sometimes, though, these older themes are not as obvious, especially when they represent complex thoughts first uttered centuries ago.... [tags: Movies Film]
1286 words (3.7 pages)
- While many may appreciate The Matrix for it’s over-the- top fight scenes, there is much to be gained from the film’s biblical references that gives us a deeper and richer understanding of the film. The Matrix series is much more than an action-packed sci-fi thriller. After one view of this film for the second and third time, we start to notice a great deal of symbolism. This symbolism starts to paint a completely different picture than the images of humans battling machines. It is a religious story, with symbols deeply set in the Christian faith.... [tags: Film, Movie, Matrix]
1063 words (3 pages)
- Movie the Matrix and George Orwell's 1984 Neo was now surrounded by people just like him who were searching for answers as to what the Matrix is. As they were sitting around the table, Mouse turns to Neo and says, "To deny our impulses is to deny the very thing that makes us human." During the Agent Simulation Training with Morpheus, Neo follows his impulses and turns around to look at the woman in the red dress, Mouse's proud creation. Neo was only following his human instincts. Of course, Mouse's statement would only be true for all humans if we were actually allowed to have impulses.... [tags: Compare Contrast Essays]
1798 words (5.1 pages)
- The Matrix The Matrix is a science fiction movie about artificial intelligence computers replacing mankind. I believe that this movie is a common type of display from the media is common paranoia so that they can get a reaction from people and sell their story. In the case of The Matrix, the movie dazzles people with awesome special effects using modern computer technology, which I find ironic. I find it self-conflicting and hypocritical for the media to use modern computer technology for their own good to show people how bad technology is.... [tags: Argumentative Movie Film Matrix Essays]
1061 words (3 pages)
- The Cave and the Matrix Movie critics and philosophers alike agree that the movie “The Matrix” is indeed based upon certain Platonic themes from Book VII of The Republic. In this story entitled "The Allegory of the Cave," he describes a dark underground cave where a group of people are sitting in one long row with their backs to the cave's entrance. Chained to their chairs from an early age, all the humans can see is the distant cave wall in from of them. The shadows of statues held by unseen ‘puppet handlers’ reflect on the walls from the light of a fire that is also out of sight of those in the cave.... [tags: Plato Republic Matrix Movie Philosophy Essays]
991 words (2.8 pages)
- Parallels between The Movie, "The Matrix" and Plato's Allegory Of The Cave In Book VII of The Republic, Plato tells a story entitled "The Allegory Of The Cave." He begins the story by describing a dark underground cave where a group of people are sitting in one long row with their backs to the cave's entrance. Chained to their chairs from an early age, all the humans can see is the distant cave wall in from of them. Their view of reality is soley based upon this limited view of the cave which but is a poor copy of the real world.... [tags: Film Movies Compare Plato Republic Essays]
2216 words (6.3 pages)