- In the Matrix, Thomas A. Anderson is a man living a double life – working for a highly respectable software company, and a hacker under the alias ‘Neo’.
- The Matrix follows the progression of Neo going from regular guy to being exposed to the ‘real world’. The revelation comes in that the world Neo thought was real was actually the Matrix, a computer program developed by machines in order to use human beings as batteries.
- Neo was thought by Morpheus – a person Neo has been desperately trying to find in the ‘real world’ – how to control the Matrix. Morpheus feels Neo is the chosen one, the one who will set everyone free from the Matrix. Neo, along with everyone else involved in these missions, are constantly being pursued by Agents, sentient programs whose job it is to isolate those who hack into the Matrix and remove them.
- The Matrix contains a great deal of religious and philosophical parallels which have been noticed by philosophers and academia and the film is still being closely studied to this day. While many may appreciate The Matrix for its over-the-top fight scenes, there is much to be gained from the film on both intellectual and philosophical levels.
- When Morpheus presents Neo with the choice of two pills, this can be interpreted as recognition of Neo’s double consciousness and his acceptance of the red pill is the first step towards becoming a singular individual. Near the end of the movie, Neo has a climactic hand to hand fight with Agent Smith who has consistently insisted on referring to Neo as ‘Mr. Anderson’. During a moment in which it appears Agent Smith will be victorious, Neo takes hold of him and triumphantly exclaims “My name is Neo!” and momentarily defeats Agent Smith. In
this moment, Neo has chosen which life to embrace and has discarded the Thomas Anderson persona of his previous life.
- Following the climactic fight scene in which Neo goes toe to toe with Agent Smith and realises that this is a fight he cannot win, he rushes to find the nearest exit from the Matrix. At the end of this pursuit, a matter of feet away from the exit, Neo is ambushed by three Agents and shot, presumably to death. This bears many similarities to the Crucifixion of Jesus. Neo ‘dies’ but is resurrected moments later as ‘the One’. He now possesses the ability to bend the laws of physics within the Matrix to his will, stopping bullets in mid-flight by merely willing them to do
so. After Neo effortlessly defeats Agent Smith, the film ends shortly thereafter with Neo leaving a short message for the machines. Afterward, Neo is seen flying into the sky, similar to the Christian belief of Jesus’ ascension into Heaven.
- The following inspiring quotes originated from the Matrix:
“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” – Morpheus
“Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?” – Morpheus
“I’m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.” – Morpheus