If we look at the plot of The Matrix without the specific details, it may seem problematic.
The original Matrix was a masterpiece – he knows how to press the buttons of his audience because everyone who has lived at any given time has felt small and helpless at the mercy of a big world running on nested systems that we can’t begin to understand. However, her message of extreme positivity in accepting her identity is also a tale of the brutality inflicted on those who deny acceptance of her identity.
If we look at the plot of The matrix Without the specific details, it might seem problematic: You are a special person, obviously, deliberately held back by a world that forces compliance. There’s a system to keep us all down to power the machine and the only people who can tell are cool, enlightened kids like us. So let’s fight the power by blowing it up with guns and bombs. It doesn’t matter because awake and enlightened people like us are the only ones who count as people. Everyone is still part of the system and that makes them our enemy. So don’t worry about collateral damage or anyone’s death because this is the system and we have to fight the power … See how that sounds?
Not to say that The Wachowski Sibling intended this post, but when the opportunity to make two more films –The Matrix Reloaded and Matrix revolutions, it became the occasion to reprimand the message of the original film. Here is how they did it.
The architect scene tells us the message from the first film was a lie
The scene with The Architect isn’t everyone’s cup of tea – A big exhibition dump that doesn’t arrive at the right time and in the right place. What makes it all the more disappointing is that it’s supposed to be an amazing time. Because what is revealed here is that all of the moral and philosophical ideals of the original film were all a lie. If we’re trying to get something out of all the tedious words of vomit, what the architect told us is that the prophecy of the One, of Zion, of rebellion, the whole idea of the fighters of the freedom breaking free from the Matrix by being more aware and enlightened than other humans, is all a big lie designed by machines over and over as a fail-safe for the inevitability that a number of humans will reject in the simulation.
There will always be people who try to rebel, so the machines did what any authoritarian does with rebellion, they co-opted it and set the parameters for it to be another level of control.
For the characters, it’s devastating because it means Neo and the gang are dying and sacrificing themselves for nothing. But what this scene means to anyone who has embraced the philosophy, fashion, and outlook of The matrix, the Wachowski siblings tell them they are wrong. No one is really a rebel, no one has really swallowed the red pill.
If you came out of the original movie in a rush to burn all things down, guess what? Your fashionable rage against the machine brand of anarchy is just one more level of social control. Complying with a story of rebellion co-opted from its original intention by the very system it was supposed to resist so that it can be purchased by you straight from the rack of Hot topic. Always the sheep which made a mistake in making them believe that they are more.
Matrix Revolutions includes a scene telling us “Stop complaining, you Crybaby”.
There is a scene in Matrix revolutions where Neo is trapped in a train station, a world between the Matrix simulation and the world of machines. At this station, Neo met Rama Kandra and his family, a family of self-aware programs who wish to immigrate from the machine world to the Matrix at the risk of their lives. The implication is that the matrix is preferable to where they came from. This scene is heavily coded to parallel the real-life experience of immigration and refugees.
Rama Kandra and his family are the symbol of foreign immigrants traveling to Western American civilization. Western civilization, in this case, is where all the hot-themed anarchists want to burn because everything is bogus and plastic. But unlike the anarchists who always want to rebel against the system, these immigrants would be grateful to live here, even if it means going through illegal circuits. They would be delighted to see Neo’s initial problem of working in an unsolved office aimlessly, but having a stable job paying enough to live in a thriving metropolis.
It is Matrix revolutions telling you instead of fighting the power to stop complaining because there are hungry people all over the world who would love to be you.
End of the trilogy says raging against the machine isn’t the answer
Neo didn’t end the machine world by being the biggest evil dog on the playground, in fact, he didn’t end the machine world at all. He just made a deal with them so that humans and machines can coexist. It’s not about destroying the system with guns and explosions, after all, it’s just about finding a compromise. The tradeoff, in this case, the truce that Neo only thinks of after meeting the prospect of immigrant programs, is that if people reject the simulation and thus want to get out of the matrix, they can. If so, Morpheus and the other rebels will stop trying to demolish the simulation. After all, if no one is forced to live in the system, then which company does the “overwrite the system“Fashion rebels tell people they shouldn’t be living normal lives if it works for them?