The Matrix: Deconstructed
A Quick, Fun-for-the-Family Debunking
Of the Mythical Elements of The Matrix
As I've discussed in my review of The Matrix: Revolutions, the anticlimactic conclusion to the Wachowski dipshits' trilogy, the only background to the story was the hissing sound of air escaping the overblown gasbag that was the "Philosophical Subtext of the Matrix."
You can find numerous treatises attempting to interpret the empty symbols which inhabit the dramatis personae of the Matrix series. One particularly fervent tract can be found here. This guy obviously knows how to use a search engine, but his deconstruction is deliberately cosmetic, as are most attempts to explain the meaningless of (dramatic pause) The Matrix.
The desperation of the Wachowskis' fat egos to cover their asses is what's known as deception by obfuscation. The link above demonstrates the eagerness of the faithful to "fill in the gaps" in the structure of the Matrix series by selecting the most tasty of the material referenced in the films.
However, mythological, historical, and biblical references are a poor substitute for actual depth. As well, the Wachowski morons go on a shopping spree as if the Religions of the World were a big shopping mall, rather than complex individual theologies, and slap together a grab bag of unrelated, often contradictory theological and mythical references -- and then don't even bother to try to explain how these disparate symbolic figures relate.
This is not complexity -- it's just a mess. Sitting around after watching a movie with a stack of bibles, historical texts and collections of myths, looking up obscure names and then puzzling over whether the Merovingian is Satan (being hooked up with Persephone, the Greek wife of Hades), or is supposed to be a fucking Gaulish king, or a descendant of Jesus Christ, as the Merovingians were rather presumptuously fond of depicting themselves, which of course makes no fucking sense whatsoever.
What about Trinity (Carrie Anne Moss)? So, what -- is she the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost? Like some kind of celestial transexual (pre-op)? Is she supposed to grow three cocks, then? That might make some sense, actually, since she dies with three pieces of rebar jammed through her torso -- talk about being fucked.
And back to Persephone -- the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, neither of whom factor into the Matrix mythos even a little bit, so what's the relevance? Sure, the Matrix is often described as Hell (most often by Agent Smith -- an obvious reference to...uh...what, the fucking phone book?), but how does the Greek wife of Hades fit into the Christian definition of Hell? The Greek Hades and Christian Hell are completely different animals. And besides, she never leaves: Fundamental to the background of Persephone is that she splits time between Earth and Hades.
What about Seraph, the "guardian of the Oracle?" Sure, seraph is the singular of seraphim, defined as "The first of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelology" by Dictionary.com, but so what? What the hell are Christian angels doing defending Greek oracles? It's just another sloppy cafeteria approach to mixing symbols. The character of Seraph (Ngai Sing) could perhaps be a fallen angel (he'd have to be if he's hanging out with non-Christian heathen myth figures like the Oracle), but the only fallen of the seraphim would be Satan himself -- that sure as hell doesn't work, because Seraph was created by the Merovingian, who could be Satan, but doesn't exactly rule the Matrix, and besides he's not even a Christian figure.
We're not having our minds challenged by deeply spiritual associations and connection here, folks. We're having our chains jerked by sloppy screenwriting.
Don't get me started on Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne). According to Wikipedia's definition of Morpheus as relates to the Matrix, the Wachowski dimwits based the character on a comic book. And nothing besides this character's appearance and mannerisms having anything to do with the Sandman/Morpheus of said comic book, so this was clearly an aesthetic choice -- much like the name of Morpheus' ship, The Nebuchadnezzar, which just sounds cool.
What about Zee, played by Nona Gaye (in the role intended for Aaliyah, who blew up and died instead)? Perhaps a reference to Dee Snider of Twisted Sister fame? Fuck, who knows?
Revolutions goes beyond ancient Gaul, Greece, and Christian themes and walks over to the trough that is Hinduism to go fishing for gems. Sadly, the best that the Wachowski retardeds can come up with is Sati (Tanveer Atwal) and Rama-Kandra (Bernard White). Sati in Hindi refers to the act of self-immolation (usually self-inflicted: It's also an illegal practice sometimes forced on a bereaved woman by religious fanatic family members), specifically by a widowed woman.
In myth, Sati was either the brief wife of Shiva (she self-immolated), or the wife of a dead man who tricked Yama, the Hindu god of death, into resurrecting him. Either way, how is that relevant to the offspring of two power-plate control softwares? I fail to see a coherent connection.
Likewise, the name Rama-Kandra, a reference to Rama Chandra, which is in turn a specific reference to Rama, of Ramayana, just another human figure surrounded by mythical events in Hinduism. He has no relationship to any interpretation of Sati in in Hinduism, and his relevance to the clumsy Christ-like ascent to the divine experienced by Neo in Revolutions is... well, it's non-existent.
In any event, I think the various contradictions of the abundant symbols of the Matrix mythos should be fairly obvious by now.
Please, enjoy these movies for what they are: About 1.5 good action films (possibly less -- the first counts for 1.5, the second for 0.5, and the third for -0.5, but No. 3 also has a nasty aftertaste, so I might need to downgrade it further). But don't be fooled by all the fancy names -- they're just labels.
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