The Hidden Meaning in The Matrix – Earthling Cinema


Greetings, and welcome to Earthling
Cinema. I am your host, Garyx Wormuloid. This week’s artifact is The Matrix, starring
MTV Movie Award-winning cyborg Keanu Reeves, most famous for inventing the candy Reeves’s
Peeveses. The film tells the story of Earthling Thomas
Anderson, hacker alias “Neo,” who is just minding his own business when all of a sudden
everyone starts bothering him and telling him what to do. After hearing persuasive arguments
from both sides, Neo opts for the guys with cooler sunglasses, and blindly swallows a
pill given to him by a man he’s known for about two minutes. Turns out it’s actually the future and Neo’s
entire reality is just a simulation. Who knew?. The real world is located in a grimy sewer
where they all wears rags and are constantly under attack by robot jellyfish, yet somehow
everyone has time to shave their faces and heads every day. They even shave Neo’s face
while he’s sleeping. Morpheus teaches Neo how to do some Looney
Tunes shit and then they celebrate with some homemade cookies. Morpheus gets roughed up
by a guy in a bathroom, so Neo and Trinity take matters into their own guns. While fighting,
Neo invents a new move: falling down really slowly. He dies, and Trinity consoles herself
by becoming a necrophiliac. Alright, let’s start with the
names. Neo means “new” in Greek, and is an anagram
for “One,” which is, in my experience, the loneliest number. Morpheus is named for the
God of Dreams in Ovid’s bestseller the Metamorphoses. Trinity refers to the Christian Bible’s
“Holy Trinity”: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Grail. Just as the Holy Trinity purportedly
brought Jesus back to life, so too does bad bitch Trinity bring Neo back to life with
a big wet smackeroonie. Also, Trinity begins the movie in room 303, which has threes in
it. But don’t worry, the Christian imagery doesn’t
end there. If you look very carefully, you might notice that Neo is a sort of Christ
figure. Neo’s other name, “Thomas Anderson”, harkens
back to the Apostle Thomas, aka doubting Thomas, who expressed reservations about the whole
Christ savior thing. Etymologically, Anderson means “son of man,” a nickname Jesus used
sometimes around his mortal friends. Cypher is Neo’s Judas, betraying him for a sirloin
and a smile. As evidenced by the obvious references to
Alice in Wondertown and The Wizards of Waverly Place The Matrix loves itself some literary allusions. Neo’s room number is 101, much like Room
101, the torture chamber from George Orwell’s 1984, where prisoners are brainwashed by reliving
their worst nightmare. Neo hides his illegal programs in a copy of Simulacra and Simulation
by Jean “Babyface” Baudrillard, a postmodern book about the decay of reality and its replacement
with simulated images– the idea of a copy without an original, a Pepsi without a Pibb
Xtra. When Morpheus welcomes Neo to the “Desert of the Real”, he is quoting that very same
text. With so much focus on images and reality,
and due to the vainglorious ethos of Earth, it’s no surprise that the film makes frequent
use of mirrors. Even Morpheus’ weird sunglasses that should definitely fall off his face are
mirrored. As this motif seem to indicate, The Matrix
is about reflection and perspective, truth and illusion. It’s about knowing yourself
as opposed to trusting any of your eleven senses. The Oracle tells Neo to “know thyself”,
acting as a mirror for Neo’s self reflection. The film also draws inspiration from philosophy,
a rarely practiced form of Earthling masturbation. In his “Allegory of the Cave,” Plato argues
that a prisoner who lives his whole life watching shadows in a cave would regard the shadows
as real, since only an idiot would get himself trapped in a cave. If that prisoner were to see the
sun, he would be overwhelmed. Likewise, Neo’s eyes hurt because he’s never used them before,
and he barfs when he learns the truth about his world. But if barfing is the price we
must pay for enlightenment, I say “Where’s the toilet?

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