Interpreting Persephone in Matrix

By in Trivia on May 1 2015


By: MJ

The ancient mythology regarding Persephone is similar to Neo’s taking of red pills. The fact that Persephone, a beautiful daughter of two gods, agreed to be together with a god of evil Hades means that she had taken a risk of living in darkness with a man all her life. The only escape that her mother Demeter had given her was the temporary freedom from darkness.

Neo becomes no different from this ancient character for he takes the red pills without ceasing although he knew that it won’t bring about any good to him. Like Persephone, he had been drawn to darkness and he can only escape from the addiction temporarily.

Did You Know? Matrix Movie Trivias I

By in Trivia on April 24 2015

• The Part of Neo was originally offered to Ewan McGregor. Titanic Star Leonardo DiCaprio was also considered for the Matrix lead role.

• Actor/Rap star Will Smith admitted in an interview with Wired Magazine that he was not smart enough as an actor when he turned down the offer to play the role of Neo.

• From October 1997 to March 1998, the main actors spent four months to familiarize themselves and study martial arts with experts to learn the fight moves. The actors actually though that it will only take them a few weeks. The training took place before the filming of the movie.

Themes: Sleep/Dreaming

By in Information on April 17 2015

Sleep usually represents the unconscious, imagination, or death. In the Matrix movies, dreaming usually refers to the life in the Matrix. The humans who are asleep or living in the Matrix are working on an unconscious level, with their physical bodies and conscious minds at rest. In this sense, sleeping represents a lack of knowledge of the truth.

Sleeping is also used as a way to escape from the real world and its problems. In the first movie, Cypher wanted to “sleep permanently” and go back to the Matrix because he couldn’t handle the truth. Neo passed out when he found out what the Matrix is, and he asked Morpheus if he could return to the Matrix.

In Greek Mythology, Morpheus is also the god of dreams.

The last human city of Zion

By in Matrix Plot on April 10 2015

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Zion is the last human city on Earth after a nuclear war between humankind and sentient Machines, which generally dominated the world. After the attack of the United Nations on the newly established Zero One’s Machine Civilization, a nuclear war began between the humans and machines to control the Earth. The humans and the leaders knew that the machines had higher chances of winning over them, thus began to build an underground city built to preserve solely the human race. The war ended in the machines’ favor. The people were forced to survive on their newly claimed territory. This became ultimately uninhabitable by the humans. And the survivors were captured and put into bioelectric cell holdings and practically wired to the matrix to keep them at bay. Amazingly, 23 people were freed by a mysterious figure known as “The One”. He helped continue to build the city and manages to operate it partially harnessing the power of geothermal energy. He initiated the drive to finish the city and fight the machines whether inside or outside of the matrix. The one died and soon after, the humans wages war to free the matrix’ population from their cyber prison.

Matrix Reloaded Banned in Egypt

By in Trivia on April 3 2015


Did you know that The Matrix Reloaded was banned in Egypt?

Madkour Thabit, the head of the film censorship group in Egypt banned the movie from release in the country because of religious reasons. Though the committee claimed that the violence in the movie had a small impact on their judgement, the main reason for banning was the openly religious themes that permeate the plot. The statement released by the groups stated that Matrix Reloaded movie discussed the themes of “the creator and his creations, searching for the origin of creation and the issue of compulsion and free will.” The group felt that this was not a healthy line of thought for a religiously appropriate upbringing.

The underwhelming Matrix sequel

By in Arts And Entertainment, Random Thoughts on March 27 2015

The first Matrix was one hell of a film. It helped redefine science fiction for the new generation by incorporating not just western science fiction references but also styles from Japanese manga, anime and wuxia movies. The Matrix was revolutionary and it became the bar by which “cool” movies were measured.
It’s a shame that the two subsequent sequels failed to live up to the promise of the first movie and even damaged its potential to become a classic much like the Star Wars have become over the years. It’s going to take a few more years to find out if The Matrix’s reputation does survive the effects of the poorly received sequels.

Awards and Nominations

By in Trivia on March 20 2015


By: MJ

The Matrix movie received Oscar Awards on the following areas:

a.) Film Editing
b.) Sound Effects Editing
c.) Visual Effects
d.) Sound

The Matrix also became the first ever movie that received the Academy Awards for Visual Effects against the Star Wars series (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace). It won the 1999 Saturn Awards for Best Science Fiction Film and Best Direction. Moreover, it had received awards for Best Sound and Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects. Other than that, it had also been nominated for an award in the following categories:

a.) cinematography
b.) production design
c.) editing categories

The Matrix and Philosophy

By in Information on March 13 2015

The Matrix and Philosophy is a compilation of 20 essays by professional philosophers and professors. Each essay is about 8 to 25 pages long and gives the reader a solid introduction to theory without overloading you with complex ideas. It’s aimed at those who are curious about philosophy, using the roots of The Matrix as its starting point into deeper thinking. The Matrix and Philosophy is divided into five different sections, each focusing on a certain aspect of the Matrix. Topics covered include moralism, skepticism, reductive materialism, Marxism, etc. If you’ve always wanted to know more about philosophy but wasn’t sure about where to begin, this is a good place to start.

Acclaims and Criticisms

By in Trivia on March 6 2015


By: MJ

The movie of Matrix Trilogy had been applauded for its action stunts and interesting graphic effects. But the acclaims seemed at its climax for the first two movies only. Many were amazed by the storyline of modern technology and the supernatural. The audience noticed more interest in the animation rather than the flow of events.

Critics have been extremely disappointed with the last movie of the Matrix Trilogy. The events were said to have ended with unclear and preposterous conclusions. Certain events have left the viewers confused and annoyed because there was no rational ending. Moreover, the music even degraded from its “coolness” to “stupidity” states one critic in a forum.

Life Lesson # 3

By in Information on February 26 2015

So one does not have to dissect the Matrix movies or to look at each and every line in order to get a life lesson from it. One of the main story lines throughout the three movies can serve as out life lesson # 3. And this is that Love is Important, possibly the meaning of life itself. Neo’s relationship with Trinity from beginning to end and the importance of this event in Neo’s life fully supports this.

As we pass through our lives, we will no doubt gather experiences, meet new people, create and recreate goals and dreams but it cannot be denied that there is one thing that every person strives for whether they know it consciously or not, and that is the pursuit of love and happiness. Once a person has this, it is interesting to see how and what he or she will give up for it. So it is not hard to understand this third life lesson nor is it hard to accept that, indeed, love is the root of life.