I know a lot of people came out of Revolutions feeling extremely
short-changed, and rightfully so. These movies are poorly made in the cinematic
sense, but are at the same time some of the smartest movies ever made, with
respect to the storyline. Allow me the chance to dispel any thoughts of
plot holes in the movies. However, as much as I love the trilogy for its story,
I must concede the often hammy dialogue, wooden acting, and painfully long death
soliloquies take away from these being "good" movies.
That said, everything else in the trilogy is brilliant. Every speech
(including the Architect's in Reloaded, all the Oracle's speeches,
Smith's musings, and even the Merovingian's delightful rants) is not abandoned. Each
one is pivotal to the plot. Note: I know people hate having movies explained to
them, that is not what I'm trying to do. I'm just sharing my thoughts is all. Read on...
ZION IS STILL NOT REAL...
Save the last reason, most of the reasons on this list are,
admittedly, conjecture on my part. Take it with a grain of salt people.
In the first
movie he can see while in the Matrix, but when he leaves the Matrix into Zion,
his eyes won't open initially because they hurt. Morpheus explains, "because
you've never used them." Morpheus suggests that while in the Matrix, Neo
has been blind. Later, in Revolutions, he is blinded in the world of Zion, but
can still see in the Matrix. This juxtaposition with the first movie suggests
that perhaps Zion is a constructed world as well.
color scheme of the trilogy
Borrowed by the
Wachowskis from Alice in Wonderland,
blue represents fake while red is real. In the first movie, they don't even use these colors
(except for the pills) because the audience is not meant to know what is or is
not real. As we see the next 2 movies, more is understood. Neo wears blue while
in Zion, as does Trinity and Bane, whereas Morpheus wears red. [* see Trinity,
Smith below for their roles as programs *]. When Morpheus
makes the big cave speech in Reloaded, he is in bright red while the
elder Councilman Hamann who introduces him is in blue. This same councilman speaks to
Neo when neither of them can sleep (note that this is right after Morpheus says
"Goodnight Zion", and that Neo is never really sleeping in any of the
movies) and leads him to the engineering level where there are only machines and they
feel more comfortable. Note the interesting and purposeful way red light is only
seen on half of Neo's face, as if he's not completely human. In Revolutions, the color logic continues in
spades. Look for it.
breaks through the literal/figurative clouds of her world in Zion, she sees the
bright blue sky above her. Right after this symbolic recognition of the limits
of her world, she dies and knows that Neo cannot bring her back this time,
because she no longer has a purpose, having finally guided Neo since the very beginning
of The Matrix to the Source. As she says at the end of Revolutions,
"You saved me once before, but this time you cannot bring me back
The sky is shown in the daylight with a moon in the background. It could have
been any color: it didn't actually have to be blue as it is a world the
audience has never seen. Blue was
chosen to represent its falsity. Obviously, something as abstract as color
choice is wide open to interpretation by the audience, so don't take this point
last line in the film
The last shot
of Morpheus shows him looking upwards toward the clouds and asking "Is this real?"
Morpheus's name is
from the Greek god of dreams, and his ship is named after Nebuchadnezzar, a
Babylonian king mentioned in the bible who is haunted by bad dreams.
is a shuttle system between the two worlds, controlled by the Merovingian.
[* read more on this
transport system below *]
can transport himself to Zion through Bane.
As a program,
and on at least this point there should be no debate, Smith would not be able to
transport into Zion unless it were a computer construct as well. I have heard 2
unfounded possibilities how he can do this without Zion being simulated. First,
he somehow "hacks the brain" of Bane and implants himself inside his
head. This is unsubstantiated by the science fiction "rules" of the
movie. Second, that he has gained the power from Neo as a result of their
encounter in The Matrix.
But then how does Neo get this power to go to Zion in the first place? There is no other
explanation other than Zion being another matrix.
would be highly improbable that Zion is physically being built over and over
again after it is destroyed.
If Zion was
real, then by the first time the machines had destroyed it, they would have
likely dug through most of the world to reach it. How could another 5 Zions have
been created under their noses unless they allowed it to be as a simulation to
house those that would not accept their former construct of the matrix world.
Furthermore, it is to the benefit of the machines that Zion be a simulation.
When the Architect saw that certain matrix inhabitants didn't accept their
world, he had to put them somewhere where they would accept it. This way, the
Architect and the machines could still harness Zion's inhabitants as batteries.
retains his powers in Zion
There are numerous examples
of this. At the end of Reloaded, this phenomenon was first realized when
he stopped the sentinels. As he says, "Wait... something is different."
He realizes that this world is not real as well, so its rules can be broken the
same as in the Matrix. The shock of this connection collapses Neo who is sent to
Limbo [* More on the reasons for this collapse later *]. Again, by the science
fiction "rules" of the movie, it wouldn't be reasonable to say he
somehow can "bend reality."
die once they've served their purpose in Zion, just like in the Matrix.
Trinity dies after guiding Neo to his destiny, and Neo dies after
defeating Smith. But when both Neo and Trinity die earlier in the Matrix (at the
end of The Matrix and Reloaded, respectively), they both come back
to life because a program cannot be deleted until it completes its purpose. If
they were real and Zion were real, when they die in the Matrix, that should be
it. As Morpheus says, "the body cannot live without the mind."
The architect reveals that all the previous Zions were created by the system
During the speech in Reloaded, the Architect tells Neo he is meant to rebuild Zion with 23 people from the Matrix. Why would the Architect along with Neo's help bother to
physically build Zion unless it was part of their plan? Having built Zion, the System would undoubtedly know its location, so the machines would never have to look for it.
Indeed, Zion is built as a another simulated reality to house and continue to utilize all those who don't accept the first Matrix.
people of Zion are religious.
Hope. It is the quintessential human delusion...
simultaneously the source of your greatest strength, and your greatest weakness.
It is interesting how people who are freed from the calculated world of the Matrix set up a Zion where religious belief is common and strong. The
Wachowski brothers conclude the movie (as I'll show by the end of this essay) with a very negative view of religion, and specifically
of Christianity. When Neo goes to fight Seraph, there is a shot of different religious objects (frame of Jesus, statue of Buddha, etc.) being sold to the public. In Zion, as Neo and Trinity get off the elevator, Neo is bombarded by many religious figures that want his help. Some have brought gifts, a woman approaches him to cure her sick child as Jesus did, and there are even Buddhists in the
background - but Neo cannot help any of them. The rave party is called the 'temple gathering' and Hamann's speech 'opening prayer'.
During this Hedonistic party, you see women dressed in Muslim or Hindu (anyone
specifically know?) religious dress - which is all blue. Further Hamann, the councilman of Zion, is named for the despot "Haman" who
ruled over the ancient Jews and is today reviled during the Jewish holiday Purim.
Councilor Hamann even says to Neo, "I think about all those people still plugged into the Matrix and when I look at these machines, I... I can't help thinking that in a way, we are plugged into them."
- THE MOST CONCLUSIVE
EVIDENCE: There is a picture of Neo in Zion on one of the monitors in the background during the speech with the Architect.
I'm trying to somehow take the picture from the DVD, but it is at 1:51:17 on the top left
monitor in the frame. It is certainly brief, but you can definitely notice Neo's blue sweater and shaved head - his costume attributes while in Zion. For the Architect to have a picture of this, that world must be another simulation constantly monitored by the Architect.
That Zion is not real doesn't necessarily mean there is
a world higher than it where humans still exist. Consider that in this highest
world The Machines are God, who after a war with humans, have banished them all to both these
lower worlds. In fact, the Source in Revolutions is named Deus Ex Machina
in the credits, which is Latin for
"god from the machine."
[Incidentally, it is also used to
poke fun at the contrivances of all
formulaic movies and this movie
itself. In movie-speak, Deus Ex
Machina refers to any resolution to
a story which does not pay due
regard to the story's internal logic
and is so unlikely it challenges
suspension of disbelief, and
presumably allows the author to end
it in the way he or she wanted]. Despite what happens with Neo, humans may always be trapped
here. This explains the phrase "perception defines reality".
Both of the worlds are constructs, created by the perceptions of its members.
When one doesn't accept the world they are in, they shuttle back to the other
(i.e. Cypher back to the Matrix, Morpheus to Zion, and in the Animatrix The
Kid goes directly from one to the other).
It is not necessarily a matrix-within-a-matrix. Think of it more like the bottom
of a triangle. Both worlds are the bottom corners, connected to each other through the
Train System. At the top is a world these humans have never seen, or rather have been
banished from. Humans might have once existed on this top plane of reality,
equal to the Machines and even the creator of those machines. After a war in
that world, humans were forced into the first version of the Matrix, a Utopia
designed to store them for their bioelectrical energy. [Or maybe there was no
war, and humans themselves went willingly into the Matrix. They may have done it to create a perfect world
to avoid the harsh reality of their physical world.] But in the end, they couldn't get away from
their base tendencies - when the utopian simulation failed, Zion
was created to house any dissidents who wouldn't accept their world as it was.
These rebels, though, are not being wasted by the Machines: their natural energy
is harnessed as well. The goal of the Machines is to keep as many people alive
as they can. When those in Zion grow strong enough to disrupt both worlds, they
must be destroyed and it is the role of Neo to recreate this world with 23
people from the Matrix, with 7 males and 16 females. As it says in Genesis 7:16 (NIV): "The animals going in were male and female
of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him
in." [The movies often reference Bible verses with random numbers. See the license
plate section for that]. Some
will inevitably ask, "Why do they need humans, can't they just use nuclear
power?" One possible explanation is simply this: why not? Even if the power from
humans is marginal, it is no harm to the real-world machines to run this
illusion. The humans can never escape, or so The Machines think... [If the
reason humans are in the Matrix is by their own accord, then maybe the
higher-level machines are just following their program.]
NEO'S ROLE AS THE ONE AND HIS FAILURE TO FULFILL THAT ROLE IN
Lets go over most of the architect's important speech in Reloaded:
- Architect: You
are the eventuality of an anomaly, which despite my sincerest efforts I
have been unable to eliminate from what is otherwise a harmony of
- Neo: Choice.
The problem is choice.
- Architect: I
have since come to understand that the answer eluded me because it
required a lesser mind, or perhaps a mind less bound by the parameters
of perfection. Thus, the answer was stumbled upon by another, an
intuitive program, initially created to investigate certain aspects of
the human psyche. If I am the father of the matrix, she would
undoubtedly be its mother.
Please. As I was saying, she stumbled upon a solution whereby nearly
99.9% of all test subjects accepted the program, as long as they were
given a choice, even if they were only aware of the choice at a near
unconscious level. While this answer functioned, it was obviously
fundamentally flawed, thus creating the otherwise contradictory systemic
anomaly, that if left unchecked might threaten the system itself. Ergo,
those that refused the program, while a minority, if unchecked, would
constitute an escalating probability of disaster.
- Architect: The function of
the One is now to return to the source, allowing a temporary dissemination of
the code you carry, reinserting the prime program. After which you will be
required to select from the matrix 23 individuals, 16 female, 7 male, to
rebuild Zion. Failure to comply with this process will result in a cataclysmic
system crash killing everyone connected to the matrix, which coupled with the
extermination of Zion will ultimately result in the extinction of the entire
- Architect: Which
brings us at last to the moment of truth, wherein the fundamental flaw is
ultimately expressed, and the anomaly revealed as both beginning, and end.
There are two doors. The door to your right leads to the source, and the
salvation of Zion. The door to the left leads back to the matrix, to her, and
to the end of your species. As you adequately put, the problem is choice. But
we already know what you're going to do, don't we? Already I can see the chain
reaction, the chemical precursors that signal the onset of emotion, designed
specifically to overwhelm logic, and reason. An emotion that is already
blinding you from the simple, and obvious truth: she is going to die, and
there is nothing that you can do to stop it.
Neo went to the door on the left
and made the choice to fail to comply with this process and it indeed led
to the "cataclysmic system crash" killing everyone connected to the matrix.
This is what happened at the end in Revolutions: everyone in the Matrix
was killed because Smith - the cataclysmic system crash - took over
everyone in that world. When Neo destroyed Smith, all the crops of humans he had
taken over were lost, but those in Zion were spared by the machines.
have happened had Neo chosen the door to his right, as he was supposed
to? First, we have to acknowledge that all of Neo's predecessors had done things exactly as he had
up until their meeting with the Architect in which they had a choice to make
between the 2 doors. This means that everything in both The Matrix and Reloaded
has occurred already to Neo's predecessors. They differ, however, with Neo
because they fulfilled their roles and chose the door to the right. Neo is
unique because he allows his emotion to "overwhelm logic, and reason."
Had Neo chosen the door on the right, he would have returned to the Source
(which he does voluntarily by the end of Revolutions anyway by flying to
the Machine City), reinserted himself into the matrix (as he again
voluntarily does eventually anyway through the Source), and sacrifice himself to
Smith via "dissemination of the code" (once again, what he does freely by
letting Smith take over him). But had he realized that his "emotion [was]
blinding [him] from the simple, and obvious truth: [Trinity was] going to die,
and there is nothing that [he could] do to stop it," as the Architect told him
(and he indeed does literally become blind), he would have chosen the door to
the right. In that case, he would have defeated the virus Smith before he took
over all inhabitants of the Matrix, and most of that world's population would
have been saved. The downside to this rejected option is that Neo would not
rescue Trinity and return to Zion with her. Instead, Trinity would die then and
there in Reloaded. Neo would have gone on to the Source, where he would
have stopped the Smiths early on from destroying the Matrix world (e.g. Smith
snidely asks, "like what I've
done with the place?"). Meanwhile,
Bane (as another Smith) would have infiltrated Zion easily without Neo's
intervention and facilitated the destruction of Zion. He would have awoken from
his state of unconsciousness and had no one to stop him. It is through Bane (literally,
the 'bane of humanity') that the
Architect has become increasingly efficient at destroying Zion. Had Neo
gone this other way, he would then have lived because the door to the right
allowed for a "temporary dissemination of the code" and would then select
from the matrix 23 individuals, 16 female, 7 male, to rebuild Zion, who would
presumably take over the role of the council in the new Zion.
In fact, it is so ingrained in Neo to make the choice to go to the door to the
right that this is played upon humorously in the first movie. At the end of The Matrix,
Neo is running from the agents to get to a phone in Room 303, and he makes a
mistake that seems like a joke to the audience at the time.
Neo (running in the corridor): "Need a little help."
Tank: "Door on your left."
Neo takes the door on his right
Tank: "No, the other left"
IS NEO A HUMAN OR A PROGRAM?
Architect: I've been waiting for you. You have many questions, and although the process has altered your consciousness, you remain irrevocably human.
Neo is a program that is the "eventuality of an anomaly" due to the
predication of free will in the Matrix, created by the Oracle. But the Oracle
was "initially created to investigate certain aspects of the human
psyche." Consequently, the result of her input into the Matrix is
"irrevocably human." If he were truly human, he would actually
die when shot repeatedly at the end
of The Matrix. Neo is instead
the representation of all humanity,
as conceived and designed by the
Source as a system of control. As a
program, he never sleeps or has to.
This is how he is able to have
dreams that envision the future
(Trinity dying, etc.), because his
and her fate are already programmed
Neo: And why would a program be deleted?
Oracle: Maybe it breaks down. Maybe a better program is created to replace it, happens all the time. And when it does,
a program can either choose to hide here, or return to the source.
Neo: The machine mainframe.
Oracle: Yes. Where you must go.
WHY DO THE MACHINES EVEN NEED ZION?
As I was saying, she stumbled upon a solution whereby nearly 99.9% of all test
subjects accepted the program, as long as they were given a choice, even if they were only aware of the choice at a near unconscious level.
According to the Architect,
without choice the matrix collapses. With choice, there are always some who
cannot accept their reality (.1%) and must have a reality to accept, so Zion is
created for them. Without Zion, those still in the Matrix who don't accept their
world can lead to a systemic failure as they convince others to the truth (as
Agent Smith says in The Matrix, "entire crops were lost" in the
first perfect world that was created because there was no Zion). As
Zion grows too powerful (in this case it is when they are "freeing more minds
in the last 6 months than ever before," as Morpheus says in Reloaded), it is destroyed by
Bane and then repopulated by his alter-ego The One, and the process continues anew.
The machines prefer this, because they at least retain the majority of human
power cells in the Matrix construct even though they lose the sparsely-populated
In the other possibility, the
matrix batteries die and Zion batteries live. This option is not desired by the
machines, but as the architect says in Reloaded, "There are levels
of survival we are prepared to accept." The goal, however, is to keep
as much of the population alive as possible.
- Neo: You won't let it happen, you can't. You need
human beings to survive.
- The Architect: There are levels of survival we are
prepared to accept. However, the relevant issue is whether or not you are ready
to accept the responsibility for the death of every human being in this
WHO IS SMITH?
- Architect: [To Neo] You are the
eventuality of an anomaly.
- Architect: she [Oracle] stumbled
upon a solution whereby nearly 99.9% of all test subjects accepted the
program, as long as they were given a choice, even if they were only aware of
the choice at a near unconscious level. While this answer functioned, it was
obviously fundamentally flawed, thus creating the otherwise contradictory
systemic anomaly, that if left unchecked might threaten the system itself.
The architect speaks of 2
anomalies. Neo is the first, but Smith is the second. The Oracle created choice
but this also created the "otherwise contradictory systemic anomaly" that is Smith. In
every version of the matrix that allows choice, the systemic Smith virus is
created and it causes an "increasing probability of system crash". As the Oracle
says in Revolutions, Smith and Neo are the same, with respect to being an
anomaly caused by the free will allowed to humanity in the Matrix. 'Choice' is in contradiction to "a harmony of mathematical precision"
and thus causes the anomaly of Neo and Smith.
Specifically, why is Smith a
virus? In The Matrix, he correctly categorizes humans not as mammals, but
as viruses during his speech to Morpheus. When Neo - the Son of Man (translation
of "Anderson") and the
representation of humanity - is spread through him at the end of the first
movie, Smith is imbued with this aspect of humanity, the one he hates the most.
HOW DID NEO KILL SMITH?
The blinded Neo was plugged back
into the Matrix through the Source (at the end of Revolutions, when the
machine head plunged the large cable in his head). A rogue program, according to
the Oracle in Reloaded, is either deleted or goes into exile. At this
point, Smith is in exile. His earpiece is removed in Reloaded (he
symbolically gives it as a gift to Neo) and he is now banished from the Source's
control. His newfound powers realized when Neo "disseminated his code" in The
Matrix by jumping into him, Smith is now a virus and has taken over everyone
in the Matrix. When Smith absorbs Neo at the end of Revolutions, Smith is
once again connected to the Source and can finally be deleted directly. Neo acts
as the conduit between Deus Ex Machina and Agent Smith. But all
the people that he absorbed in the Matrix must die. This is the "cataclysmic
system crash" the Architect referred to in Reloaded, if Neo was to make
the choice to go to the door on his left.
How does Neo figure out how to
Had he chosen the door on the right in Reloaded, he would have
destroyed him right then and there by "disseminating his code." By
going through the left door, he is not guided in killing Smith. At the end,
when Neo faces Smith in the rain, he wrongly believes he can fight him and
defeat him. The Oracle allows herself to be absorbed by Smith to tell Neo
what to do. When Neo is getting beaten by Smith - in fact the particular Smith
that had absorbed the Oracle - Smith/Oracle tells Neo, "Everything that has a
beginning has an end." This was the Oracle's line earlier. Thus, the
Oracle communicates through Smith a message to Neo, who understands now what
he must do and lets Smith taking him over. His disseminated code spreads
through all the Smiths, which are now directly connected to the Source and
can be deleted by Deus Ex Machina.
ROLE OF TRINITY
Trinity is meant to guide Neo to the
Source, so he can complete his designed mission. As the Oracle tells Trinity in The
Matrix, "[Trinity to Neo] She told me I was meant to fall in love with the One."
Trinity follows her purpose first by seeking Neo out in the Matrix, over
Cypher's objections. In Reloaded, she actually does lead Neo to the Architect, the representation of the Source in the Matrix world. Trinity gets shot by an Agent and is ready to die, her purpose having been completed, but Neo makes the wrong choice to the door on the right, and she comes back to
life in a kind of 'reboot.' Her purpose once again is to guide Neo to the Source, but this time she must do it in Zion. This last meeting with the Source allows her to finally die, as a program no longer with a purpose. Trinity is like Eve guiding Neo/Adam to the apple. This implies, and is most definitely conjecture on my part, that perhaps the Wachowskis believe God took the form of Eve to convince Adam to
willingly leave his sacred garden of Eden, that Man was unwanted in this world.
* I know I've already compared Neo to Jesus, but
it's all about context. The Wachowskis themselves said in an interview that characters have multiple
references and meanings.
HAMANN IS THE PREVIOUS NEO. HE IS ANOTHER ONE.
Councilor Hamann: Care for some company?
Neo: Councilor Hamann.
Councilor Hamann: I don't want to intrude if you prefer to be alone.
Neo: No, I could probably use some company.
Councilor Hamann: Good, so could I. It's nice tonight. Very calm. Feels like everyone's sleeping very peacefully.
Neo: Not everyone.
Councilor Hamann: I hate sleeping. I never sleep more than a few hours. I figure I slept the first 11 years of my life, now I'm making up for it. What about you?
Neo: I just haven't been able to sleep much.
Councilor Hamann: It's a good sign.
Neo: Of what?
Councilor Hamann: That you are, in fact, still human. Have you ever been to the engineering level? I love to walk there at night, it's quite amazing. Would you like to see it?
*Neo and the Councilor walk out onto the engineering level.*
Councilor Hamann: Almost no one comes down here, unless, of course, there's a problem. That's how it is with people - nobody cares how it works as long as it works. I like it down here. I like to be reminded this city survives because of
these machines. These machines are keeping us alive, while other machines are coming to kill us. Interesting, isn't it? Power to give life, and the power to end it.
Neo: We have the same power.
Councilor Hamann: I suppose we do, but down here sometimes I think about all those people still plugged into the Matrix and when I look at these machines, I.. I can't help thinking that in a way, we are plugged into them.
Neo: But we control these machines, they don't control us.
Councilor Hamann: Of course not, how could they? The idea's pure nonsense, but... it does make one wonder just... what is control?
Neo: If we wanted, we could shut these machines down.
Councilor Hamann: Of course... that's it. You hit it! That's control, isn't it? If we wanted, we could smash them to bits. Although if we did, we'd have to consider what would happen to our lights, our heat, our air.
Neo: So we need machines and they need us. Is that your point, Councilor?
Councilor Hamann: No, no point. Old men like me don't bother with making points. There's no point.
Neo: Is that why there are no young men on the Council?
Councilor Hamann: Good point.
Neo: Why don't you tell me what's on your mind, Councilor?
Councilor Hamann: There is so much in this world that I do not understand. See that machine? It has something to do with recycling our water supply. I have absolutely no idea how it works. But I do understand the reason for it to work. I have absolutely no idea how you are able to do some of the things you do, but I believe there's a reason for that as well. I only hope we understand that reason before it's too late.
It is my belief Hamann was the previous
One before Neo. Neither of them can sleep.
When Neo says he is unable to sleep, Hamann notes that it's "a good sign" and shows that Neo is "in fact, still human." Both Hamann and the Architect know that "although the process has altered
[Neo's] consciousness, [Neo] remains irrevocably human" (from Reloaded). Hamann, unlike Neo, has fulfilled his role as the One. He has created Zion with 23 people from the
Matrix, 7 male and 16 female, and then remains to lead Zion's council. As
it says in Genesis 7:16 (NIV): "The animals going in were male and female
of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the LORD shut him
Hamann feels comfortable with the machines. He even
subtly shows that Zion is not real when he says, "I think about all those people still plugged into the Matrix and when I look at these machines,
I... I can't help thinking that in a way, we are plugged into them."
More importantly, Hamann aids Neo by allowing him the opportunity to fulfill his
mission, as if he knew what that mission was. When Commander Locke tells the
Council to divert all ships to the frontlines, it is Hamann that overrules Locke
and allows the Nebuchadnezzar to leave so that Neo can meet with the
Architect/Source. Hamann, the previous One, is named after the
despot Haman who abused the Jews over 2000 years ago. He now runs the simulated
world of Zion, still keeping his people under a vast illusion.
Morpheus: He did it.
Kid: He saved us. He saved us. It's over, he did it! He did it, he did it, it's over!
It's over, he did it! He did it!
Councilor Hamann: What is it, what happened?
Kid: Sir, he did it, sir - Neo - he did it!
Councilor Hamann: Did what?
Kid: He ended the war, the machines are gone! The war is over, sir! The war is over!
Hamann doesn't understand what has happened. As the previous One, he fully expected
Zion to be destroyed. He doesn't know what Neo did to have things result differently
than when he was the One.
PERSEPHONE IS THE FIRST VERSION OF
TRINITY AND THE QUEEN OF HELL, AS
THE MEROVINGIAN IS HADES.
Persephone from the perspective of Greek mythology... The Titan Kronos had six children: Demeter, Hera, Poseidon, Hades, Hestia and Zeus.
The beautiful daughter of Demeter and Zeus, Persephone
is the focus of the story resulting in the division of the seasons. Persephone is kidnapped as part of a secret agreement between Zeus and
Hades; Zeus gave up his daughter to placate Hades. Hades abducted her and took her
to his underground kingdom. After much protest, Persephone
came to love the cold blooded king of the underworld but her mother, Demeter
(the mother of the earth's seasons),
was consumed with rage and sorrow. She demonstrated her anger by punishing
Earth's inhabitants with a bitter and cold winter.
Unless Persephone was returned of to her mother's side,
Earth would perish.
In the trilogy, Hades is really the Merovingian, who keeps Persephone at his
side. That the Merovingian is Hades helps relate why he controls the Train
Station, symbolic of the river Styx [* more on the Train Station
below *]. The Oracle is really Demeter, who is Persephone's mother, and
the Architect is Zeus, who has given Persephone/Trinity as the Eve to the Merovingian/Neo's Adam. [* read more about
Trinity's specific role above *]. He uses Persephone by forcing her to stay
with the Merovingian. This way, she can guide Neo back to him (she leads Neo to
the Keymaker) when Neo is rejected by the Merovingian.
The Architect says in Reloaded that
before the appearance of the One, there were 2 failed worlds. The first was a
utopian hell, where no complex system of control existed. When that world
failed, the Architect created a dystopian hell, based on the
"grotesqueries" of human history. My speculation is that in this
second failed world, the Architect/God created his order of angels - Seraph (hebrew
for 'angel'), the Merovingian/Devil (in the Bible the devil was a fallen angel),
etc. But when this second world failed and was altered to include choice, the
Merovingian escaped deletion (he himself says there is a "bounty" on
his head) and stayed on through to the creation of the One, symbolically and
figuratively taking control of the Keymaker, the key back to God. Persephone was
secretly given to Merovingian without the Oracle's knowledge, as a system of
control over the undeletable Merovingian. When the future One must find his way
to the Source, she guides him past the Merovingian's unsuspecting eye. Her
updated version, Trinity, has the same goal: find the One, make sure it is him
through a kiss, and lead him to the Source so he can make his fateful decision.
The Dystopian world created by the Architect
didn't allow for choice. Consequently, the Merovingian believes in causality
(the existential view, which incidentally was a predominantly French
philosophical movement) rather than choice. The Oracle, who wants to end the war
(as she says in Revolutions to Neo), is the "intuitive" program that
came up with the idea of choice (as the Architect says in Reloaded).
Thus, the Merovingian wants her dead as he hates choice and profits from the war,
relishing his lavish existence in the Matrix. The Merovingian's restaurant La Vrai (The
Truth) is on floor
101. Neo's apartment in The Matrix was 101. The number 101 is from the
Orwell classic 1984, and is the room where people were brainwashed and
controlled. The Merovingian never had to make the choice
posed by the Architect to Neo. As such, he never had to save Persephone and
their love was not put in jeopardy, so it withered away. They only still remain
together forcibly by their very natures as programs, but the love is gone. This is why
Persephone wants to kiss Neo, to remember that passion she once had, and to
verify that he is indeed the One. Trinity's last words before she dies in Reloaded are "Kiss me, once more. Kiss me."
This is the final parallel between her and Persephone, who also is fixated on kissing
the One and having him fall in love with her. This is the function of the Trinity/Persephone program.
As the first and only superpower
in the "grotesquery" Matrix (he did not have Smith as an enemy),
the Merovingian is able to take control of the Keymaker and the Train Station [*
read further for Merovingian's specific
role *]. The train station is like purgatory, or limbo. Note that "Mobil" Ave. - the sign in the
train station - is an anagram for Limbo, which is why Neo cannot escape no matter
where he runs. This realm is akin to the river Styx, the Greek's portal between the Earth surface and
the underworld, and controlled by Hades. The dirty bum that conducts the trains
is akin to Charon, the vile boatman of Styx, who ferries souls across the river.
Despite Neo's powers granted to him in the Zion and Matrix worlds, here Neo can
do nothing. In Greek mythology, no one could cross Styx without Charon's
permission. That the Merovingian controls the Keymaker, possessor of the key to
Heaven, is symbolic of needing to go through hell to get to heaven.
WHAT IS MEROVINGIAN'S ROLE IN "DEALING WITH
The other previous Ones were meant to die in Zion. After they "temporarily disseminate their code" to destroy Smith and create Zion with 23 people, they are denied access back to the Matrix by the Merovingian.
The Merovingian, who controls the ultimate transport between the 2 worlds (the Train Station) denies Neo the right to go back in. This is how, as the Merovingian states to Neo, "I have dealt with your predecessors before."
As it says (used as reference to 7 males, 16 females) in Genesis 7:16 (NIV): The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah.
Then the Lord shut him in."
In every other version before Neo (including
Councilor Hamann), Merovingian waits for the time when the One connects to the Source, and then banishes him/her from the Matrix construct through the train system. He even does it again, as he is supposed to, to Neo in
Revolutions. He traps Neo there after Neo connects with the machines in Zion. But Neo does this prematurely, when he goes through the wrong door in
Reloaded and then stops the Sentinels in Zion. With this connection
made by Neo that Zion can bend to his powers now (Neo: "Something is
different"), he collapses and is sent to Limbo (more accurately, he emits a
'virtual EMP' that knocks out both himself and the sentinels; similarly, Bane is
unconscious because he sets off an EMP on the ship). The Merovingian expects that Neo has
defeated Smith and is ready to banish him to Zion, as the Merovingian had done with Neo's predecessors. Accordingly, he doesn't expect Trinity to walk in the
door of his Club Hel (more Hades symbolism) in Revolutions, as her character was dead by this point
in the previous versions of the Matrix.
- (Hel Club - VIP lounge)
Merovingian: What in the hell? *laughs* I don't believe this.
- Merovingian: *laughs* Quelle bonne surprise, n'est pas? (Trans: What a fine surprise,
isn't it?) Who could've guessed we'd all be seeing each other so soon after our last
meeting? A fate too kind.
- Seraph: You know why we are
Merovingian: *laughs* Come, now. What kind of question is this? Of course I know. It's
my business to know. Some might think this a strange coincidence, but I do not. I am
curious, though, as to how it actually happened. Do you know?
What exactly did the Oracle do that 'changed the game'?
Oracle: Mmm, I love that smell. I sure am gonna miss it.
Oracle: I know, I know. Sati, honey! Take a few cookies and go with Seraph.
Sati: Can I come back? I would like to come back!
Oracle: I would like that too.
Sati: So I'll see you tomorrow.
Oracle: I hope so, honey, I hope so.
(Matrix: inside the building on the floor of the Oracle's apartment)
Sati: I'm scared, Seraph.
The oracle changed the game that the "real, real" Machines setup. When Neo made the choice to go to the door to the left, this was supposed to lead to the destruction of Zion
as well as the Matrix. While the humans of the Matrix couldn't be saved once
this decision was made, the Oracle
made a cunning attempt to save those in Zion. How? She allowed herself to be absorbed
by Smith, hoping this would end
the war, "one way or another." Her interference might have led to the death of all
humanity. Right before Smith comes to absorb her, the Oracle tells Seraph to leave her and guard Sati instead. Seraph is the Oracle's only protection, but she gets rid of him. She is well aware that she will be taken over by Smith and actually allows it, hoping that this will allow her to later relay a message to Neo when Neo fights Smith. Fortunately, she is able to do this, when she speaks through Smith: "Everything that has an end has a beginning." As Smith suspects, she must
already know he's going to "kill" her, but he does it anyway. [Note that both
Smith and Neo knock over something in the Oracle's apartment - Smith a plate of cookies and Neo a vase. They really are born of the same anomaly. In both cases though, the Oracle knows that its going to
*sweeps plate of cookies off table* Maybe you knew I was going to do that, maybe you didn't. If you did, that means you baked those cookies and set that plate right there deliberately, purposefully. Which means you're sitting there also deliberately, purposefully.
However, this was a "dangerous game" as the Architect says at the end of
Revolutions, because if Neo hadn't understood this message, he wouldn't have known how to defeat Smith, which was by letting himself be taken over. Neo had been pointlessly fighting him through hand-to-hand
combat - the only way Neo knew how to oppose him. He received the message, and then sacrificed himself to Smith. Had this message not been received, Smith wouldn't have been destroyed, Neo would've failed, and the Machines would destroy Morpheus and the others in Zion because Neo didn't keep his end of the deal. All humans would have died and the game would have ended.
Furthermore, the Oracle would have been permanently trapped and incapacitated
inside one of the Smiths, leading to the destruction of the "mother"
of the Matrix and "both worlds" (Zion and the Matrix).
- Oracle: And if you can't find the answer, then I'm afraid there may be no
tomorrow for any of us.
- Oracle: *nods* Very soon he's going to have the power to destroy this world, but I believe he won't stop there; he can't. He won't stop until there's nothing left at all.
- Oracle: One way or another, Neo, this war is going to end. Tonight, the future of both worlds will be in your hands... or in his.
- Neo [to the Source]: The program 'Smith' has grown beyond your control.
Soon he will spread through this city as he spread through the Matrix. You cannot stop
him, but I can.
This is also further evidence of Zion not being real,
as Smith will eventually take over and replicate in
Zion as well. Also, as a slight digression, the song
playing in the background when Neo speaks to the Oracle is Duke Ellington's
"Beginning to See the Light" (I love these little touches).
Revolutions explain the Oracle's new appearance?
Neo: You know the Oracle?
Rama-Kandra: Everyone knows the Oracle. I consulted with her before I met with the Frenchman. She promised she would look after Sati after we said goodbye.
Neo: Goodbye? You're not staying with her?
Rama-Kandra: It is not possible. Our arrangement with the Frenchman was for our daughter only. My wife and I must return to our world.
Oracle: So, do you recognize me?
Neo: A part of you.
Oracle: Yeah, that's how it works. Some bits you lose, some bits you keep.
Morpheus: We want to make a deal.
Merovingian: *laughs* Always straight to business, huh, Morpheus? Okay. I have something you want. To make a deal, you must have something I want, yes? And it so happens there is something I want. Something I've wanted ever since I first came here. It is said they cannot be taken, they can only be given.
Merovingian: The eyes of the Oracle.
Just a further point on how they explain the new "shell" of the Oracle... In reality, Gloria
Foster died between shooting of Reloaded and Revolutions, so they had to use another actress. From
Revolutions and Enter the Matrix, it is clear the Oracle wants to protect Sati at all costs. The Merovingian wants to kill the Oracle, but he knows he can't just kill her, as her 'code' "can only be given." So the Oracle gives part of her code to Rama Kandra to use as a bargaining chip. Rama Kandra meets with the Merovingian in
Reloaded (we see the end of the meeting when he is being escorted out right as Neo is walking into the restaurant) and gives him this code in return for safe passage of his daughter Sati into the Matrix world. As an exile, she is
queued for deletion (Smith calls Sati "the last exile") but is saved by this brokered deal. Her parents, however, are not allowed passage.
THE ULTIMATE CATCH-22...
The lives of the humans in the
trilogy are caught in a catch-22. The more successful Zion is in freeing minds,
the more imminent its doom is. Further, if the One becomes significantly
attached to Zion (via Trinity) over the Matrix construct, then the more imminent
the doom of the Matrix world is. One of them has to be destroyed, though, along
with its population.
YIN AND YANG
The destruction by Bane and repopulation by Neo
is akin to this Japanese philosophy. It
is similar to how the human body operates by catabolism and anabolism; neither
character is the 'good' one and there is no such thing as evil. Furthermore,
Bane is part of the crew of the Caduceus, which refers to the symbol of the
medical profession - a winged staff with two serpents twined around it. It is
fitting that as both Neo and Bane lie across each other in a coma, they are
treated by the ship's doctor.
The trilogy also parallels the Yin
and Yang with Rama Kandra/Kamala [names given in the credits] (as Sati's parents; Rama Kandra, as seventh
version of Vishnu is regarded as the Preserver while Brahma/Kamala is the Creator), and the Architect and the Oracle (calculating and pragmatic
versus the Oracle's "intuition").
Why is Morpheus ignored so obviously in
As the 2nd and 3rd movies
progress, Morpheus comes to the revelation that the One in which he has invested a life's worth of faith is merely another system of control invented by the architects of the Matrix. Morpheus, the only "human" in the movies given any importance, is seen to have been fooled. He is asleep, like all other humans, and as smart as he is, his humanity still hinders his vision. I guess the Wachowskis purposely phased him out to show his insignificance, and to play another trick on the audience by making them invest so much in him in the first movie. Let it be said, though, that I still wanted to see Morpheus kick some ass in the last movie.
Neo may be Jesus, but not the Jesus typically
Neo is Jesus, but this does not
allow for a traditional happy ending. Like the biblical coming of Jesus, Neo's
final choice kills all the nonbelievers of the matrix world and frees the
enlightened of Zion. It may be hard to conceive of a messiah that would allow so
many deaths, but that is what Jesus is prophesized to do in the New Testament.
The people of Zion (the 'believers') achieve salvation through Neo. They are the
ones freed when the Architect tells the Oracle in the last scene of Revolutions,
"They will be freed.' But are they
really better off? Morpheus and the rest of the rebels' purpose was to free as
many trapped minds as they could. Now, they have no one else to free, and no
purpose left. The viewer is never allowed to see the real world they go to, and
their ascension to it, as it is Heaven. [The Wachowskis have a habit of trying
to integrate the audience into the movie like this. At the end of The Matrix,
for example, Neo flies into the audience itself as if he is 'liberating' us,
as he does to Agent Smith]. This
may be yet another reason why Neo
becomes blind in Revolutions,
although this one is very much my own guesswork. From Leviticus 21:20, anyone with a defect in
their sight was forbidden to enter the
Holy Temple. The previous Ones stayed
with the people of Zion. Neo, however,
frees those people but cannot go with
them into the "real, real"
In every previous version of the
Matrix, the people of Zion were destroyed and the majority of humanity, still in
were preserved. In this version, the exact opposite happens. All people still in
the Matrix perish and Zion lives. The Wachowski brothers would have you believe
Neo is a Jesus figure. But it is an entirely different take on Jesus. Neo does
die for humanity, as Jesus does, but he doesn't save the world. Instead, he saves a select few
humans of Zion selfishly because of his love of Trinity.
The implication of Neo dying for
Trinity rather than humanity (and this of course is pure speculation on my part)
says that the Wachowskis believed Jesus sacrificed himself for the glory of
his father god (the symbolic reason for choosing the name Trinity), rather than
for the salvation of humanity. The purpose of this whole trilogy, other than to
entertain on a massive scale, was devised to give the Wachowski's opinion of
Jesus Christ. As another note on this, in Reloaded, when the Architect
speaks of modeling the Matrix on the "grotesqueries" of human history,
there is a picture of a cross on one of the monitors (as well as an image of
Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden, Kim Jong Il, a figure I don't recognize, George
Bush, Sr., and George Bush, Jr., to give you an idea of their political views). Further, they make a comment on the free will, or choice, that is
characteristic of humanity. Free will can lead to greed and selfishness when it
is abused. As the Architect says, "the relevant issue is whether or not you
[Neo] are ready to accept the responsibility for the death of every human being
in this world," which is what Neo causes.
* The manipulation of free 'WIL'
Perhaps the only happy ending is in the matrix world.
At a cursory glance, the movie
might make you think it was a corny, happy cop-out ending where everyone was
freed, complete with a rising sun as the last image. This duplicity is the ending's genius. The movie is really only a happy
ending for those computer programs still in the matrix - Seraph (the wingless
angel), Oracle, the mother of the world, the Architect, the father of the world,
and Sati, the future of the world. It is purposeful that
these are the only characters the viewer sees in this world. The only
character revived from the dead Smiths destroyed around Neo is the Oracle. If
every vanquished Smith reverted to whomever he absorbed, surely you would see
anyone else get up besides the Oracle. The only reason these characters
survive is that they are programs who are yet to complete their purpose. Sati
cannot be deleted, having previously been given a special reprieve by the
the Oracle, Architect and Seraph are eternal programs as the originators of this
simulated world, so their purposes are never completed as long as the Matrix
exists. [Incidentally, these 3 characters can be related to the Hindu Trinity -
the three deities of Vishnu the Preserver (Seraph, the "protector of that
which matters most"), Brahma the Creator (the Oracle), and Shiva/Mahesha
the Destroyer (the Architect)].
It would be a drab existence for them had not Sati
been born - the first program born of other programs. Eventually, the Matrix
will be repopulated - not with humans, but rather with the creation of other
programs. Remember, the sun rises in the Matrix, not in Zion. Zion is still
covered in dark clouds. And as the oracle wakes up after Smith is destroyed, the
black cat appears as in The Matrix (when Cypher betrays Morpheus and
company) and represents déjà vu, the recurrence of something (note from Alice
in Wonderland that Alice believes she is an animal called "Deja Vu"
and must ask the Cheshire Cat for help). In this case, the Matrix is being
renewed. While this Neo was the 6th version of the One - representing the 6th
day of god's work - the 7th day of rest is only found in the Matrix. Sati's
father in the movie is credited as Rama Kandra, who is in Buddhism
regarded as the 7th avatar of the god Vishnu, which drives home the point.
The Merovingian and Persephone die at the end.
Smith has taken over the Merovingian, as he has taken over all other
programs, and humans alike. Merovingian's purpose is complete, having shut Neo
out of the Matrix. He doesn't come back like the Oracle does. Similarly,
Persephone has no purpose left either, dying with her husband. This means that the Merovingian and
Persephone are destroyed at the end of the movie, and is why they are unseen in
the new version of the Matrix.
particular cycle of matrices is finally over, but are there more to come?
This cycle of matrices being recreated finally does end, with all the
human inhabitants of the Matrix dead, and all other humans sent to the
real-world we never see. Meanwhile, the Matrix
construct is started anew, clean of the humans Smith had earlier described as
viruses. But I suspect that the Wachowskis were trying to suggest some kind of 'ultimate revolution': Every 6th version of the Matrix, the Matrix is destroyed along with Smith and Neo and all the people inside, and the people of Zion are freed to the "real, real world" where they make peace with the Real Machines. However, the peace is tentative.
Architect: Just how long do you think this peace is going to last?
Oracle: As long as it can.
The real world will eventually see more bloodshed
once the peace ends. Note the Architect says "this" peace, when he could have said "the" peace. I know I'm a stickler for words, but to me this implies "this peace" is one of many peace agreements, which all last "as long as it can" until it is broken and the Machines once again put humans into the Matrix and
Zion for another 6 versions. Then, this whole sequence will be renewed with the
humans in bondage.
Evidence of possible 'ultimate' revolution:
- Bane: Somehow familiar, isn't
it? We've been here before, you and I. Remember? I do.
I think of nothing else.
- Smith/Oracle: Wait... I've seen this. This is it, this is the end. Yes, you were laying right there, just like that, and I... I... I stand here, right here, I'm... I'm supposed to say something. I say... Everything that has a beginning has an end, Neo.
- Sati: Will we ever see him [Neo] again?
Oracle: I suspect so. Someday.
Bane fighting Neo is unique in the 6th version of the Matrix compared to the
other versions, but apparently has happened before in the previous versions of
the 6th version (if that makes sense...).
This whole thing is starting to hurt my head more than figuring out time-travel
plots. Similarly, in the previous versions of the One in this specific cycle,
Smith did not absorb the Oracle and was defeated by the One well before taking
over everyone in the Matrix. But, as Smith says, he knows that he is
"supposed to say something" and has said Oracle's line before, and
even knows exactly where to stand and that "this is the end." He has
done this before, but not at any point in this specific cycle. Instead, he has
done this several times before right before the ultimate 'ascension' of the
Zionites to the "real, real world." Finally, even though the humans
are freed, Neo will return, according to the Oracle. He will once again become
the One in the next cycle. In addition, "Sati" is the ancient Indian ritual that a wife performs after her husband dies.
Before being banned in India in the 19th century, it was sometimes the practice that a
widow would voluntarily (and sometimes involuntary) kill herself on the funeral
pyres of her husband. So perhaps Sati is the next Trinity/Persephone, meant to die with her future
soulmate (the next One when the next cycle of Matrices begins). I suppose the Wachowskis
thought of the name because the last reported case of an actual "Sati" performed in the last 20 years occurred 2
years ago. Sati is also Sanskrit for "honorable woman." However, her father
does say she has no purpose. Maybe she has no purpose in this cycle of the
Matrix, and must be maintained until the next cycle and the next One, when her
purpose is specifically programmed for her. With her daughter Persephone back
(actually Sati), the Oracle/Demeter can finally be at peace. This is the reason
she wants to end the war; it is not because of a love of humanity, but a
mother's love for a daughter. She had seen her daughter Trinity die in every
cycle of the Matrix, and could no longer stand to see it.
To me, this is the ultimate blend of Buddhism and Christianity: Neo is Jesus, but the world he exists in happens over and over again for all time, and he is reincarnated each time. Time is circular rather than Christianity's
teleological view of time as linear and goal-oriented. There is the
Judeo-Christian story of God's work being done in 7 days, but this 7-day week is
recurring. The creation of light - God's work on the 1st Day - happens at the
end, as if the cycle is starting anew. Also, In Hinduism, it is especially important to note that divine
pairings are often distinguished by gender, among other qualities. The Oracle is
female, the Architect is male; Kamala is with Rama Kandra; Morpheus is with
Niobe; Link has Zee (anagram of the 2 names = "Zen-Like"); and Neo has Trinity.
From a Greek mythology standpoint, this simulated world of Zion and the
Matrix especially makes sense. The Source himself (Deus Ex Machina in Zion, the
Architect in the Matrix) is trapped in the simulated world, unaware of a higher
reality and simply existing to secure the existence of his own respective
simulated world. Zeus, although himself the head of the Greek gods, was born of
a larger figure than himself, Kronos (possibly interpreted as Father Time) who
occupied a higher dimension than even he did.
Neo: You helped me to get here, but my question is why? Where does this go? Where does it end?
But then why does the Oracle claim she didn't know what would happen?
Oracle: I don't know.
Neo: You don't know or you won't tell me?
Oracle: I told you before. No one can see beyond a choice they don't understand, and I mean no one.
Neo: What choice?
Oracle: It doesn't matter. It's my choice. I have mine to make, same as you have yours.
Did she really not know what would happen? It seems it's not so much that she doesn't know but that she doesn't understand the choice she
makes, she just knew she had to do it to try to get her daughter back. In a
subversive way, there are no heroes to look up to in these movies. Everyone is
motivated out of self-interest or simply because it is in their programming and
they have no choice. The Architect is only out to protect the majority of the
human population, the Oracle just wants her daughter back, and Neo is motivated
by his love of Trinity and not by his love of humanity, displayed in his
fateful decision to go to the door to his left rather than his right.
stupidly wrote the "Chestershire Cat" instead of the "Cheshire
Cat". I've corrected it but what an idiot I am. I appreciate any further
comments/insults on my pseudo-academic analysis. More to come...
Well, from what I understand, Neo made a deal with the
Source that Neo would go into the Matrix and destroy Smith. In return, the
people of Zion would not only have peace, but would actually be freed into the
higher world. As the Architect says at the end, he is not lying when he says
they will be freed because "afterall, I'm not human". The audience
doesn't get to see this world, perhaps its left for later cash-guzzling movies.
But this supports why Morpheus asks, "Is this real?" at the end of the
film. Of course, it also means that Neo really is the biblical Jesus, bringing
the 'enlightened' to the higher plane with God. It also makes for a better
ending, in my opinion. But then this begs the question: why would the machines
make this deal when they would have no humans left to use as batteries?
Apparently, they must need the Matrix regardless of whether humans reside in it
or not. Perhaps they have a real necessity for Sati, and she would not exist
without removing Smith, who absorbed her and Seraph in Revolutions. The
Oracle does say in Enter the Matrix (the videogame) that this girl
will be invaluable one day. It also seems that the Architect did not anticipate
this outcome when they designed the Matrix. The Architect speaks to the Oracle
as if he's surprised. Any comments on this subject would be much appreciated...
I have changed my main essay to reflect my belief that
the humans of Zion really do ascend to the real world at the end of Revolutions,
rather than continue under the illusion of Zion. Honestly, though, not much
was changed besides a few sentences in the conclusion. I've also added a new
section on Trinity's purpose as a program and added new links.
To respond to the following comment I received:
"I have a comment on your thinking that zion is another "simulated reality." If that were true that would mean all the machines shown in reloaded and revolutions would also exist inside this "simulated reality." As we saw in revolutions zion is connected to the machine world through sewers, which eventually lead to the machine city. You can then make the asumption that the machine world and zion are one continous world and one "simulated reality." Is this what you are implying?"
Yes, this is what I'm saying. All the machines ('squiddies'
etc.) and the Source shown in Revolutions are indeed simulated in
Zion, much as the Agents and the Architect are simulated as the
machines/Source in the Matrix world. The entire world of Zion is an
illusion, and these humans have never seen the real world.
Neo: It's unbelievable, Trin. Lights everywhere. Like the whole thing was built with
light. I wish you could see what I see.
Just like when he first saw the Source/Architect in Reloaded and the door he used was made
of light, this next prelude to meeting the Source is bathed in pure light.
At the end of Revolutions, after the Architect
tells the Oracle that "the others will be freed" and the movie
ends, the Architect proceeds to free the humans of Zion and sends them to
the actual real world, which is the Earth we the audience and they
the characters have never seen. This Earth is akin to the Heaven
Christians speak of in the sense that Jesus (Neo in the movie) brings a
select few humans that "believe" to ascend to Heaven, while
leaving the rest of the world to die. Maybe the idea that in Revolutions
the 'ascension' of Zionites is to the real-world Earth reflects the proverb
"Heaven is on Earth." With this type of conclusion, it seems to me
the story is really over and they can no longer make another sequel, unless
it dealt more with Sati in the Matrix or the humans in the real world.
If you'd like to email me directly, try firstname.lastname@example.org
... I swear this email address works, unlike the last one I put
up. Sorry guys.
I've added some things here and there, including a
section on the Oracle.
I actually have a lot more to add, but am haunted by pangs of laziness. I'll
put it all up soon.
To respond to the following email I received:
> >Great job on your Matrix analysis. The way you spotted
> >subtle things like Neo's choice of choosing the right door
> >is eye-opening.
> >As you may know there is a Matrix Online that is being
> >developed which is supposed to be a continuation of the
> >films. This does seem to point that the Matrix exists
> >after the real humans are released into the "real, real" world.
> >What's your thoughts on this? :)
I checked it out, and he was right. The game takes place after
Revolutions, according to the website. First of all, I will definitely be playing this game. But second of all, if they can't give me a good reason how this can be possible considering, as I believe, the people of the Matrix are dead, then I will really be disappointed with the movies. I can't see any other way they make sense other than the Matrix population being destroyed.
My guess to how they'll do this:
Assuming I'm right, now there are only humans in the "real, real" world. These humans have a tentative peace with the "real Machines". Either the peace is broken and some of them are forced back into the lower worlds, or they go in willingly to help the Machines deal with untamable exiled programs that reside in the Matrix world (my favorite
explanation), or they go because they no longer want to accept their reality. As we now know, programs have the ability to reproduce in the Matrix, which by the time this game takes place may be teeming with new "offspring." Perhaps some of these become unruly and the Source can't delete them, like Smith. This probably will explain the NPCs (non-player characters) in the game.
Some lines from the website about the game that corroborate this theory:
"A secret war is being waged for the survival of humanity and machine alike."
"Players receive missions from familiar organizations in the Matrix, such as Zion and the Machines." (Don't know how or why they would still get missions from Zion, hopefully they'll explain that).
But if they show that everyone in the Matrix is still alive and one of your roles will be trying to "free more minds," then everything I thought can be thrown out the window...
The emails I'm getting are a great contest between
letters of praise and hate-mail. I love it all, though, so keep it coming.
Well, I added a hell of a lot. I was thinking about it, and I believe I realized the
ultimate reason they called it Revolutions. I've added it at
the end of the Conclusions.
This may turn my head inside-out the more I think about it. Tell me what you
think. I've also added more on Sati, Morpheus and all types of things
throughout the essay.
I changed everything I wrote about the Merovingian. I
had previously described him as the first One, thrown off partly by the
number 101, which appears both over his restaurant La Vrai and over Neo's
apartment in The Matrix. I now see him as the representation of
the Devil. Obviously, anyone who watched the movies can see the Merovingian
as the Devil, but what does that really mean? I've given my take on it here.
I see now that the number 101 is used to indicate that both characters are
under the control of the Architect (101 is the room in 1984 where
people were brainwashed). Finally, I've added more to each
of the other sections on the site, such as movie references and literature
By the way, some of my many other favorite 'cerebral'
movies are Adaptation, Being There, The Player, 2001:
Space Odyssey, Truman Show, and Goodfellas. All of these
movies have many layers to them as well. Check them out if you haven't