|Directed by||The Wachowski Brothers|
|Produced by||Joel Silver|
|Written by||The Wachowski Brothers|
|Starring|| Keanu Reeves|
Carrie Anne Moss
|Music by||Don Davis|
|Editing by||Zach Staenberg|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Release date(s)||March 31, 1999|
|Running time||136 minutes|
|Country|| United States|
|Followed by||The Matrix: Reloaded|
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's 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, in particularly the implication that Zion may be an illusion, and even that all of reality is an illusion.
There were several hints at Marxism, nihilism, and anarchism throughout the films. The Wachowskis also implied that the works of Friedrich Nietzsche played a role in the creation of the franchise alongside Cornel West's Prophecy Deliverance and Jean Baudrillard's Simulacra and Simulation. In addition, the films were rather infamous for causing people to commit murder in inspiration of the messages in the movie, which eventually caused the judicial system to create a new court defense called "The Matrix defense", a variation of the Insanity plea.
The Matrix Precursor: Prescient Quotes on Police State Computer Surveillance
- "The progress of science in furnishing the government with means of espionage is not likely to stop with wiretapping. Ways may some day be developed by which the government, without removing papers from secret drawers, can reproduce them in court, and by which it will be enabled to expose to a jury the most intimate occurrences of the home. Advances in the psychic and related sciences may bring means of exploring unexpressed beliefs, thoughts and emotions. 'That places the liberty of every man in the hands of every petty officer' was said by James Otis of much lesser intrusions than these. 1 To Lord Camden a far slighter intrusion seemed 'subversive of all the comforts of society.' Can it be that the Constitution affords no protection against such invasions of individual security?"
- The Terminator
- Survivalist fiction: Dystopia
- Duck Duck Go - Privacy-oriented Search engine
- Google, Yahoo and Bing
- Tools of censorship
- Fairness Doctrine
- Liberal censorship
- Evolutionist censorship
- Media censorship
- The Perpetual War on Drugs, War on Terror and the Police state
- Wikileaks and Julian Assange - Australian leftist hacker
- Bradley Manning - Homosexual Hacker Traitor of State secrets
- Social media: Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Youtube, Yahoo
- NSA and other Intelligence agency mass surveillance: PRISM, Wiretap - Roving wiretap
- Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
- Police, RICO and Asset forfeiture
- Mililtarization of police: SWAT and No-knock raids
- Drug trafficking of the Drug cartels, Gangs, Drug dealers, Hollywood values - Fashion industry values - Public school values - Professor values
- Big government ObamaCare-Common Core-Social Security Welfare state leads to Nanny state, leads to Police state: Globalist-Statist-Socialist-National Socialist-Communist
- Liberal totalitarianism
- Tails (operating system) (Linux-based) and Tor (anonymity network)-I2P Firefox browser HTTPS Everywhere encryption for Internet anonymity to protect unalienable Fifth Amendment - Fourth Amendment Right to Privacy (Internet privacy) and Second Amendment - First Amendment rights against unconstitutional Gun control - Internet censorship Big government Police state, hackers, and "all enemies, foreign and domestic" of American liberty.
- Encryption: Cryptography-Cryptanalysis-Cryptology-Data encryption-Public-key encryption-Steganography
- Conservative values and Libertarian American values - Small town values of Limited government and liberty
- Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Prism-break.org - Opt out of global data surveillance programs like PRISM, XKeyscore and Tempora.
- Open source Free software not Microsoft-Apple-Google-Android
- Duck Duck Go search engine instead of Google, Yahoo and Bing
- Hologram of Liberty - The Constitution's Shocking Alliance With Big Government by Boston T. Party - Kenneth W. Royce
- One Nation, Under Surveillance - Privacy From the Watchful Eye by Boston T. Party
- Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986
- Privacy Act of 1974
- Edward J. Snowden revelations of unconstitutional domestic spying on law-abiding American citizens
- Charles Colson's commentary concerning "The Matrix"
- The Matrix at the Internet Movie Database
- "Help make mass surveillance of entire populations uneconomical! We all have an unalienable right to privacy, which you can exercise today by encrypting your communications and ending your reliance on proprietary products and services."