Directed by: The Wachowskis (formerly, The Wachowski Brothers)
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving
Without any denial, The Matrix is mental adrenaline rushing to its audiences even without the full understanding of its concept. The Matrix is a metaphor for this era, where people are enslaved and literally plugged into a system that treats them tyrannically without their awareness.
Fundamentally, the Matrix takes all features of people’s individuality by pocketing the right of free will and blinding those who would access the truth with a replicated, though pointless, reality.
The Matrix sees Neo (Keanu Reeves), a late-20th-century computer hacker, transform due to technological information and curiosity he has obtained. “What is the matrix?” Morpheus asks by way of explanation to Neo. “Control,” he answers. The unconventional information; …control?
Even though the Matrix delivers some radical declarations about what is stated as a mass uniformity within the day-to-day society, it makes a statement on the effect of technological growth. It ultimately shows that life as an individual is counterfeit. The Matrix appears to be a utopia, but, in reality, it is a dystopia. It is a desolate place that surely most people would oppose living in. No one makes particular idiosyncratic impressions. Each person is just another face in the crowd.
Neo openly tells Morpheus that he doesn’t believe in “fate” because “I don’t like the idea that I’m not in control of my life.” The simple fact is that he is not in control at the very instant he makes that statement; the ‘Matrix’ is.
This symbol unveils the metaphorical identity of Neo; he is us. A more relative example would be the rapid advances made in surveillance by the government and certain corporations to gain access to personal lives. In the alleged name of controlling, say, child pornography, or waging the war on drugs, or to “assist users in customising their internet experience”, people now endure all manners of spying technology that exceed their intended purpose.
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. Remember: all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more. As Neo, our moves are monitored, but curiosity banishes concerns over the slow loss of free will until it’s too late.