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original title: The Matrix
duration: 2h 16min
tags: Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.
keywords: artificialreality, simulatedreality, postapocalypse, questioningreality, warwithmachines, computerhacker, hacker, trilogy, humanityinperil, pill, martialarts, programmer, dystopia, blacktrenchcoat, ma
Adalberto Doesn't just raise the bar on sci-fi and action films, it rips that sucker off and sends it spiraling into the sun. The story is set at an indeterminate point in the future, estimated by one character to be the 22nd century, in which human bodies are used for heat and electrical energy while their minds are held in a computer-generated, virtual reality simulation called the Matrix. Humans are essentially slaves in this world. People in the Matrix are subject to the lifelong, full-sensory illusion that they inhabit modern times at the turn of the century. Computer programmer/hacker Thomas "Neo" Anderson (Keanu Reeves), who may be "the One", joins a Resistance led by Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) and several other freed humans, including Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), Apoc (Julian Arahanga), Tank (Marcus Chong) and his brother Dozer (Anthony Ray Parker), Switch (Belinda McClory), Cypher (Joe Pantoliano), and Mouse (Matt Doran). They endeavor to expose the truth, overthrow the Matrix, and defeat the vengeful and warlike Machines behind it. The Matrix is based on a screenplay by Lilly and Lana Wachowski, who also co-directed the movie. The Matrix led to two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). So far, there have been no official novelizations. The One is the man prophesied to release the humans from their bondage to the Matrix through his unique ability to manipulate the Matrix. The One is supposedly the only individual in all of humanity capable of doing such a thing. It was prophesied by the Oracle that his coming would hail the destruction of the Matrix and bring freedom to the human race. Morpheus is convinced that Neo is that man, although others, Neo included, are not so sure. As explained by the Architect (of the Matrix) in the second movie, the One is a program anomaly that the Matrix could not account for; an anomaly that occurs because humans have to be given a choice (if the only an illusion of such) in order to accept the virtual world the machines have created for them. No matter what, the anomaly that is the One occurs, so a way for the Matrix to control the situation (i.e. to control choice) was devised. According to the Architect, the current One had five predecessors who served the function of the One. Once Neo encounters the Architect, he is told of the choice of the One: to choose a certain number of humans to repopulate a destroyed Zion and start all over again, or to choose to go leave the Architect's lair permanently, thereby letting Zion fall and causing the mutual destruction of both the machines and the humans. The One is basically a real world reset switch. There are those in the Matrix that will never fully accept the machines' reality, and they will find ways to leave the Matrix for the human city of Zion. Once the free human population of Zion grows too large, it poses a threat to the machines; therefore the One is reintroduced to the Matrix to restart the cycle. The first of the two options presented to the One, should he choose to accept it, satisfies this plan: saving humanity and bringing balance as prophesied. Each of the five predecessors to Neo chose to save humanity. Morpheus is watching the green raining code screens on the Nebuchadnezzar. The code is the visual representation of the Matrix. He's able to decode what he sees on the screen, giving him a full view of Neo's office building, locations of Agents, the existence of the window washer platform, etc. Think of it like unlimited security camera footage.Agents, such as Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), are sentient computer programs that can move in and out of any software hardwired to the Matrix, meaning that each Agent can hijack any imprisoned human's avatar (or virtual body) and transform it into the his own such but cannot do the same to the ex captives who connect to the Matrix through radio signals. Agents are the gatekeepers of the Matrix, while Sentinels (search and destroy vessels) are the gatekeepers of the machine-occupied regions of the world outside of the Matrix. At this point in the film, Neo is still connected to the Matrix, so the Agents still have control over his body and can make modifications. Agents are computer programs and Neo is still linked into the program. It's possible that some other program which is confederate with the Agents is what seals Neo's mouth. The next thing that happens is that Neo wakes up in his own bed, making it all seem like a dream, so the Agents also have the ability to temporarily shut down his program and reactivate it at will. A metaphor. This was not referring to any specific physical place, but rather to the act of Neo getting out of the car and not getting the answers he sought. In the past, he probably used to run away from the truth; this is the "road" that he has been down before, and Morpheus' team knows that he does not want to go that way again. Morpheus offers Neo the choice of either a blue pill, which will render him unconscious and give him the impression that all of the recent events were simply a dream, or a red pill. The red pill, as Morpheus states, is a gesture in the real world of Neo's mind's desire to be freed and is part of a tracing program that will help Morpheus and crew locate Neo quickly after he awakes in the world beyond the Matrix. "Copper-top" is the nickname used in US commercials for Duracell Batteries. In the film, it's a slur to describe people who unconsciously inhabit the Matrix, since (according to the freed humans' beliefs) the Machines use them like batteries