Have you ever stood and stared at it, marveled at it's beauty, it's genius? Billions of people just living out their lives, oblivious. Did you know that the first Matrix was designed to be a perfect human world. Where none suffered. Where everyone would be happy. It was a disaster. No one would accept the program. Entire crops were lost. Some believed that we lacked the programming language to describe your perfect world. But I believe that as a species, human beings define their reality through misery and suffering. The perfect world would dream that your primitive cerebrum kept trying to wake up from. Which is why the Matrix was redesigned to this, the peak of your civilization. I say your civilization because as soon as we started thinking for you it really became our civilization which is of course what this is all about. Evolution, Morpheus, evolution, like the dinosaur. Look out that window. You had your time. The future is our world, Morpheus. The future is our time.
That's killer stuff, eh? I mean, think about the implications of the "defining [our] reality through misery and suffering." How true is that! "Simply brilliant!" I say. "Come on, out with the rest of it!" cry the crazed masses.
The second part of Agent Smith's mind-job:
I'd like to share a revelation during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species. I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You are a plague, and we are the cure.
And folks, I don't know about you, but I just love the "virus" analogy. It's so startlingly, frighteningly, appropriately true that I can't help but think why no one has ever put it together like this before. This is why I love this movie, and the message, albeit it well enveloped in the guise of an action-thriller with superior special effects. It's a brilliantly hard-hitting revelation that we would do well to live by, first by understanding it, then by realizing how it applies to us and our survival, and finally, by living in a manner that's beneficial for 'life' in general. Let's be the first "conscious" virus around.
From death-defying action sequences, to phenomenal graphics and Zen-like undertones, The Matrix has it all. Check out this fan site that has info about all the parts of the movie, as well as the original movie site with all its cool effects. And then, when all is said and done, think about what you've read here and what it means to you, and let me know what you think. Alternately, I'd love to know if you've had any movie experiences that are like this. But let me remind you all to be afraid...be very...very...afraid!
Alright, I don't know why I said that. Hope you liked this movie. And if you haven't seen it, well, what are you waiting for?!?!?!?