Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Matrix (1999)

This is a solid movie. Computer programmer Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) is secretly a hacker who uses the alias Neo. An infamous female hacker named Trinity tells him that a man named Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) would like to talk to him. Neo is then arrested by some agents who want him to ignore the messages. Neo learns that it is actually about 200 years later than he had thought and that intelligent computers have nearly destroyed the planet after a deadly war with humans. The computers now use the humans as energy and wire them into a fictional system that they believe is the real world. Outside of the Matrix a small group of humans is trying to stop the computers and restore life on Earth.

The name Nebuchadnezzar is a Biblical reference to Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon, from the Book of Daniel. King Nebuchadnezzar ('the Great') was famous for his conquests of Israel (specifically Judah and Jerusalem). He also built the Hanging Gardens of Babylon (one of the lost Seven Wonders of the Ancient World). He has a dream he can't remember but keeps searching for an answer (Daniel 2:1-49). The green Matrix code includes some Japanese writing. The 1995 animated Japanese film Ghost in the Shell uses a similar computer coding sequence. The Matrix popularized the visual effect known as bullet time, where a moment in a scene is slowed down, but the camera appears to remain at normal speed.


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