The most misunderstood movie of all time

The most misunderstood movie of all time
The most misunderstood movie of all time

The Matrix.

Not for the reasons that you think, either.

When people consider The One, they consider Neo.

One is an anagram for Neo, after all.

We think of the person reincarnation after death. We think of the man who believes to be greater than himself.

Who falls in love with Trinity.

Who follows the theology of Morpheus.

But Neo is not The One.

Alright, let’s go over what the hell this trilogy was about.

The most misunderstood movie of all time

  1. Humans created Artificial Intelligence.
  2. Artificial Intelligence grew far too smart.
  3. Humans struggled to control it.
  4. Nobody knows who first attacked who, but a war started.
  5. AI was winning, so humans ‘darkened the sky’.
  6. AI began to use humans as energy (this part is weird).
  7. AI features humans into a balanced visual game dream-scape termed the matrix.
  8. The last of the humans that have been freed from the matrix ride around town in spaceship float-like objects and live in a place called Zion
  9. This movie has a lot of bad puns and story development.
  10. Alright, so we discover Neo to be Thomas Anderson, a computer hacker who begins questioning his reality.
  11. He receives messages on his laptop that look strange.
  12. He thinks there is something more.
  13. Morpheus begins to tell him that there is something more and that he lives in something called the matrix.
  14. He gave Anderson two choices to choose from, which, of course, correspond to two pills. Remember what I said about story development and puns?
  15. Morpheus believes that Neo is The One. What the hell does this mean?
  16. It means that he believes Neo will help him to stop the war against the machines, the artificial intelligence that is after the last of human civilization.
  17. He thinks that Neo can end the war and convey about peace.
  18. Trinity, another crew-member on Morpheus’ ship, is also in love with Neo.

Now, wait. Let’s take a step back. A lot of story is being developed, and it’s going fast.

The most misunderstood movie of all time

Here is a question: What do we know about The One?

The One is also called the Prime Program.
The One is an intentional design to the original matrix.

19. The matrix is about checks and balances.

20. The One is the result of the remainder of those imbalances. As long as The One exists, there is a natural imbalance in the matrix.

21. The One was born inside the matrix, inside the first iteration of the matrix, and he can change anything he wanted in it.

22. Thomas Anderson was born into the sixth iteration.

23. “Your life is that the total of a remainder of an equation that is not balanced, likened to the programming of the Matrix.

24. You are however, the eventuality of an issue, which regardless of my genuine efforts, I even have not been able to erase from what’s known as  a harmony of mathematical precision. – The Architect

25. As we understand, The One can change things in the matrix as he sees fit. Neo can do this. Not in the beginning, but his belief allows him to come back from the dead, fly, beat up many agents, stop bullets, etc.

The most misunderstood movie of all time

But we also know that the matrix is not perfect. We know it is filled with imbalances. We know those imbalances are summed into what becomes The One.

So, why is Neo not The One?

26. Neo was not born inside the matrix. He doesn’t know anything about the first version. He knows the sixth version. He was conceived inside those furious harvesting pods that the devices hold.

27. The Oracle literally made Neo to understand that he isn’t the one, albeit it is one of a much greater stories arch and game that she is playing.

28. We know that the matrix is not perfect. We know that irregularities in the code exist. We know that the machines have not perfected this world. Neo plays that element in the story well.

This raises the question: Who is The One? Agent Smith.

He was conceived inside the number one version of the matrix: When he captures Morpheus, he talks about how the first version of the matrix was supposed to be perfect but failed miserably. He speaks about it as if he was there.

The most misunderstood movie of all time

Morpheus says that the programs the machines built have “strength and speed based in a world that is built on rules.” But Agent Smith has unlimited power by the end. And, if this was the case, Agent Smith wouldn’t be talking about smells, filth, and honesty. He wouldn’t be able to take his earpiece out if that were the case. And, yet, he does.

I must get out of here. I must get free and during this mind is that the key, my key. Once Zion is destroyed there’s no need on behalf of me to be here, don’t you understand?

Agent Smith

He is oddly human. He talks about smell, tastes, and honesty. He speaks to Morpheus about his willingness to urge out of this place. He is talking about how much all these reloads into the matrix have messed him up. At one point, he takes his earpiece out. For a program, he doesn’t exhibit the qualities of working within parameters. He is changing things from the beginning.

The most misunderstood movie of all time

Neo kills him in the first movie. Yet, he comes back, reformed, in the second one. He can also duplicate.

“You destroyed me, Mr. Anderson. After that, I understood the rules, I knew what I was supposed to do, but I didn’t. I couldn’t. I was compelled to stay, compelled to disobey. And now, here I stand due to you, Mr. Anderson. Because of you, I’m not an Agent of this technique . Because of you, I’ve changed. I’m unplugged. A new man, so to speak. Like you, apparently, free.” – Agent Smith

He calls The Oracle his mom.

ORACLE: You are a bastard.

SMITH: You would know, Mom.
Agent Smith changes the matrix. By the end of the trilogy, Agent Smith has rendered the matrix unrecognizable. He’s changed everything.

The most misunderstood movie of all time

Smith: you wish what I’ve through with the place?


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