By Steve Strella
Last Updated: November 10th, 2003
Random shit here as I think of it...read
on. **MAJOR SPOILERS HERE, DON'T READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE MOVIE**
Here's a link to my synopsis/analysis/theories from The Matrix: Reloaded.
What I think the major events
of the movie signify and what they mean to the story of The Matrix
Smith is death. He will spread through the matrix, through the machine city, and through Zion destroying all life on Earth if Neo does not stop him. When he takes over someone in the Matrix they do not die. They still exist inside of Smith. When Smith takes over someone that new clone takes on some traits of the person who was cloned over. When Smith took over the Oracle he gained her sight, and could now see future events. This also gave him powers like super strength and flight. The Oracle didn't havee these powers. But she was the Mother of the Matrix. And now Smith is the mother of the Matrix. "Like what I've done with the place" This is the Matrix as Smith sees fit. He is bending the rules he is now the one in control of the Matrix. So Neo can not beat him with strength alone. This is Smith's world now.
The Death of Smith
The Oracle is still manipulating Neo, and he still didn't realize it until the very end. She told Neo to go to the Machine city, the source. Why, well that's where is powers come from. This connection also allows for his real world powers. In the crater the Oracle from inside the Smith clone gets a message to Neo. "Every beginning has an end." Neo now realizes that if you are taken over by Smith you live on inside him. So Neo allows himself to be taken over so he can destroy Smith from the inside like in M1. Now people see the surge of power go into Neo in the real world. The machines did not do that. Neo did that. Neo deciding to let Smith take him over was a last minute decision. It was not Neo's plan otherwise he wouldn't have fought. And since it was a last minute decision how could he have communicated it to the machines in the real world. Plus if that's all the machines had to do to kill Smith was pump him full of energy they would have taken some random person in a pod. No, the Oracle led Neo to the Machine city so he could have access to the Source, where his abilities come from, and draw all that power to destroy Smith from the inside.
The Fate of Neo
What happens to Neo. Well He touches the source, kills Smith, and is carted off by the Machines. The Oracle said the first time Neo did that, when he stopped the squiddies in Reloaded, he wasn't ready and it should have killed him. But this time he was ready. So when he used the power from the source to kill Smith he should have survived it. The Oracle said we would seem him again. What happened the first time Neo touched the source? His mind separated from his body. This most likely happened a second time. Neo's mind is somewhere in the Matrix or the Machine world, and his body is left in a coma state in the real world. When they carted Neo's body off it was glowing very brightly with that Orange aura. Showing even though he was unplugged he was still connected. The same way he was at the end of Reloaded. So, Neo is not dead.
Neo stopped Smith and reloaded the Matrix saving it from crashing and killing the machines and all the people still connected. This was done on one condition though, that after this there would be peace. Zion and the Matrix would still exist. And anyone who wanted to be free would be allowed to leave the Matrix. This means that one day the war could start back, or that the peace will last. The skies could be repaired, the machines could live off solar power again (meaning no more Matrix) and everyone would be happy. As an ending it promised what M1 said it would: that the discovery of the One would hail the destruction of the Matrix and the war would be over. Well, the Matrix as we know it is gone, and the war is over. Oh, and as a side note the previous ones before Neo did not do this. That is pretty clear by Colonel Sanders...I mean the Architect and the Oracle's talk at the end.
The movie basically boils down to choice...the last dialog between Neo and Smith sums this up well:
Smith: "Why, Mr. Anderson,
why? [...] Why do you do it? Why, why get up? Why keep fighting? Do you believe
you're fighting for something, for more than your survival? Can you tell me what
it is, do you even know? Is it freedom or truth, perhaps peace - could it be for
love? Illusions, Mr. Anderson, vagaries of perception. Temporary constructs of a
feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is
without meaning or purpose. And all [...] as artificial as the Matrix itself.
Although only a human mind could invent something as insipid as love. You must
be able to see it, Mr. Anderson, you must know it by now! You can't win, it's
pointless to keep fighting! Why, Mr. Anderson, why, why do you persist?"
Neo: "Because I choose to."
Characters and Their Relation to the Christianity/the Bible, As Well As Other Religions
To think that Christianity and the Bible were the only religious influences in the trilogy is wrong...you're likely thinking this only because you aren't familiar with the others. Here's how I think that characters in the trilogy relate to religious symbols and characters:
Architect: God (male) - The
Freemason's call God "the Great Architect"
Oracle: God (female) - MOST pre-Christian religions prescribed to a male AND a female deity with the feminine one usually being the one that made "most sense."
Seraph: Angelic Being - there is no "highest order of angels." There is only a few references to Seraphim in the Old Testament and it is never clear exactly what they are except "being in the presence of God"
Trinity: Spirit/Love - most pre-Christian cultures prescribe to a universal spirit or "holy spirit."
Morpheus: Prophet - John/Muhammad/Jesus (difference between Jesus the prophet and Jesus the Savior)/Ezekiel/Moshe (Moses)/etc.
Cypher: Betrayer - Judas/Brutus/etc.
I'd like to think of the Merovingian as Satan or Lucifer...more likely the latter, but he didn't have a big enough role in the movie to be given the grand title of "The Devil." I read somewhere else about Nephilim, a character in the Christian Bible who intermarried with mortals and bore monsters. In the Matrix's case, he saved programs from deletion.
For more on this stuff, you can go to this website.
Little Things I Noticed...
-- At the end of the movie, when the Oracle and Architect talk in the park, if you look closely you can see "In Loving Memory of Thomas Anderson" etched on the bench that the Oracle is sitting on.
-- If you look when Neo has the cloth over his eyes because he's been blinded. Well, if you look close enough, the color of the cloth is purple...the same color of the cloth that helped Jesus down from the cross after he was crucified. Knowing this, you could've predicted that Neo was going to die just by watching the trailers.
--When approaching club hel the doormen calls him "wingless." The Merovingian calls him "The Prodigal Child" and also a judas.
--Seraphim: The first
of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelology.
Seraph is referred to as "wingless" by the guards at the entrance of Club Hel. Finally a reference to the angel origin of his name, also Seraph wears all white (typical angel attire color). As well, Seraph does not protect the Oracle, he protects the future ("I protect that which matters most"). We know Seraph is a program, a sort of 'Guardian Angel' program I believe, he cannot dodge bullets because that's not his purpose, a Guardian Angel's function is not to fight, therefore his program was not written with that feature. He can defend himself to a certain level, but his main function is protection.
-- Smith says he met him before and Seraph had beaten him...significance of this?
-- The Oracle calls Smith a bastard, and then Smith replies "You would know, mother." Significance?
-- Seraph's job is to protect the future.
At the end, he is to protect Sati...what is her significance?
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