The Matrix is a film released in 1999, produced by Joel Silver, and distributed by Warner Bros. It stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie Anne Moss, and Laurence Fishburne. The concept of the movie presumes that life as we know it is merely a virtual reality simulation, run by a race of sentient machines cultivating humans for electricity. In the film, Neo (Reeves) discovers this and is rescued from the virtual reality world and brought into the real world, a dystopian future where the survivors of Mankind fight against the machines. Through his training, Neo learns that, because the Matrix is a virtual reality world, that the "rules" of the world can be bent, allowing for superhuman strength and speed. He ultimately learns that he is "The One", a Christ-like figure who has the ability to manipulate the Matrix beyond the capabilities of even the machines that control it, and is destined to lead all of humanity out of the Matrix.
Similar to George Lucas' references to the Force in the Star Wars trilogy, there were several New Age references throughout the films, being primarily a hodge-podge of different religions. The Wachowski brothers, however, indicated that the primary belief system of the film was "know yourself" when asked about it.
Leo K. O'Drudy, III also deduced that the Matrix films were likely to be Marxist propaganda.
In addition, some christian groups, including Christian Broadcast Network, also criticized The Matrix Reloaded for the Architect scene, citing that it depicted him as being "God-like" yet malevolent and not inherently good, as well as the hints from the exchange of Eastern mysticism.
- Charles Colson's commentary concerning "The Matrix"
- The Matrix at the Internet Movie Database