Sunday, November 28

The Matrix Part IV.. Will we see a movie as great as the first parts?

Imagine a world in which there is no dominance except for happiness that is swayed by a gentle breeze, that removes from you pain and adversity as long as we live, so that you may live as you desire, and obtain what you want, so that it ripples in an endless pleasure. Would you be content with that life, or would you prefer to continue in this world with its lightness and weight, striding your way between hills of disappointments and fragile mountains erected from both pleasure and misery?

The philosopher Robert Nozick investigates this question in his thought experiment, which he called the “experience machine” (1). He seeks only one goal, which is to refute the hedonistic doctrine, which claims that the purpose of life is the pure joy that is obtained by satisfying desires. Nozick’s experiment requires you to connect to a machine developed by scientists that can simulate real life, and the price you have to pay is to leave reality behind you permanently. You will hardly notice a difference; Because your experiences will not differ much from your current reality, but the unexpected fluctuations of life will eventually be replaced in favor of an endless series of positive things only (2) (3). Yes, the offer is tempting, but things are not that perfect no matter how hard you try to seem.

Nozick’s entire experience is nothing but a rung of a darker and more fateful choice. In the 1990s, “Neo” (played by Keanu Reeves) in the “Matrix” series dared to burst that bubble, but he may finally decide to return to it, as we see in the teaser for the fourth part of the famous action series “The Matrix.” “. The series was directed by the Wachowski sisters, and one of them (Lana Wachowski) returns after nearly two decades (4) with a fourth part that is expected to be shown by the producing company “Warner Bros.” in cinemas and the HBO electronic platform in December of the year current.

The ad caused a stir. Immediately after its introduction, questions and assumptions erupted (5), such as: How did “Neo” and “Trinity” come back to life? Didn’t they die in the third part? Why did Wachowski return with a new part? What does the movie trailer tell us? Will “Matrix 4” achieve the unprecedented success of the first part? And why was the first part particularly amazing? What are the reasons for his success and completion of his idea?

The Existential Café

One tense morning, the Wachowski sisters sat in their hotel café, after performing and rolling out the first part of The Matrix. Their imaginations were scrambled about how the world would greet an action movie. They stared at a ray of sun that came from a curtain. If their work was accepted, a ray of light would sneak into their careers, and if it failed, it might be gone forever.

Surprisingly, the film’s first five days of showing brought in $37.2 million at the box office, which was ahead of its time (6). The work was seen as an innovative cinematic reveal; Due to the advancement of imaging technologies, and the prophecy that predicted a future in which humans wander between digital spaces, enjoying lives completely separate from the real world. It is a dystopia (the opposite of utopia, a scary fantasy city) in which humans are enslaved by artificial intelligence.

The script, with its scattered scraps of over 600 pages, was only the basis for a comic book. The two sisters had previously worked in writing books for the “Marvel Company”, and to prepare the book’s drawings, they entrusted experienced cartoonists, Jeff Darrow and Steve Scrooge (7) (8), to produce a work in which quantum physics is wonderfully intertwined with philosophy, and even myths and legends.

The sisters stick to one opening to the series, a computer screen with a seemingly difficult code to decipher, through which we enter into a virtual reality called the Matrix. An upper-angle shot (bird’s eye view) of drooping eyelids, oblivious to the truth, and the turbulent interior of a hero, his questions piled high, a computer programmer named “Thomas Anderson” under the alias “Neo”, head down toward the screen, with sleepy eyes and sleepy body, In a cramped space it identifies a person trapped by machines.

On the screen, you read the word “awake”, which Morpheus would later repeat to him, a name that dates back to Greek mythology, and it means the god of dreams, who creates visions for the sleepers to take them to a world of his own making, and this is what Morpheus actually does to his sons. But in this narrative, Morpheus (Lawrence Fishburne) is not so much a god as a rebel, leading a sect rising up against falsehood, desiring to liberate humanity and resisting machines, aside from the fact that Neo’s life was a form of virtual reality.

Falling into the rabbit hole

Something leads Morpheus to believe that Neo is the person to lead the uprising against the machines (10) (11) and he tries to explain it to him, saying: “The Matrix is ​​everywhere, it is all around us, it is the world that has put a blindfold over your eyes to blind you from The truth, the fact that you are a slave, born into slavery. We can’t tell anyone what the Matrix is, you have to see it for yourself. Either you take the blue pill and the story ends and you wake up in your bed, or you take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the hole is in this tale.” .

This pivotal incident brings the entire plot back, as Morpheus points to Neo’s penetration into a strange, unfamiliar world, like that of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a masterpiece of children’s literature by English mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodson. Under the pseudonym “Louis Carl” in 1865. The tale really begins only when Alice decides to follow the white, pink-eyed rabbit who takes a watch out of his chest pocket and mutters a few words (12), she follows him and falls into a deep burrow, a burrow in which Neo falls purely His will to eat the red pill, with only one difference, that the rabbit who guides Alice in Wonderland, meets Morpheus in the Matrix world.

alice's Adventures in Wonderland

When Alice wakes up from her dreamy slumber in Wonderland, she is comforted, in contrast to Neo who bounces back from the imagined world to the real world. The Matrix’s parallel with Lewis Carroll’s book forces viewers to consider Wonderland a reality from which they are not supposed to wake up, as the film crosses the seven horizons in which Neo travels in succession: dream, collapse, reconstruction, self-knowledge, doubt, belief, love.

This revolves around a knot that follows an unconventional chronological arrangement, perhaps in order to identify with the character of Neo in his oscillation, we feel the earthquake of the ground on which he is standing, and the collapse of his familiar surroundings, so that the character of Neo appears as if it shares our lack of sense of time, as time itself is no longer important, The end of the world has come, and what is left of it is probably on the verge of extinction.

This intuition underpins the way in which the sisters employ décor to influence the entire narrative, from the design that highlights Neo’s separation and isolation in his apartment, to his going with his friend to a nightclub, to seeing him again, isolated, in a far corner, at his work, and his small office, which It is surrounded again figuratively and literally. As for the industrial character’s dominance over lighting and decorative details, realistically or in the matrix, it is probably due to the heavy influence of machines, even on the lives of liberated people and their control over them.

Matrix movie

Perhaps This World is an extension of the novel Neuromancer by American author William Gibson. In his novel, the writer uses the term Matrix for the first time, to denote the Internet. Gibson’s hero is a sniper (hacker) entrusted with a computer hacking mission. His ultimate endeavor is to connect two supercomputers with high artificial intelligence, resulting in a new device with an artificial intelligence level that exceeds the limits allowed by the laws in the novel (13). Both Gibson’s protagonists and the Wachowski sisters belong to the field of “cyberpunk”, a genre of science fiction centered on high-tech.

Cyberpunk heroes like Neo are marginalized, outcasts, yearning for freedom, stuck in a dehumanizing future amid technologically enhanced cultural systems that they are guilty of according to their law. In cyberpunk spaces, conflict rages between computer hackers and giant corporations or a tyrannical regime that takes many forms, supported by information technology (computers, media). Most likely, this system penetrates to humans as well, through brain slices, prosthetic limbs, and cloned or genetically modified organs so that humans themselves become part of the machine (14)(15). As a result, Neo, Trini, and Morpheus’ goal is to make the machines their own, rather than conform to them.

William Gibson, one of the pioneers of cyberpunk literature

Here the insights of the oracle (divination) of Neo appear in the film. She does not provide solutions to reality, but rather frames it, extending a rug that Neo, walking along it, can reveal his purpose. There is no way to crystallize a goal without a person contemplating the sides of himself, for a person inside cyberpunk and wonderland without knowing himself is definitely a stray threatened with temptation, his feet are not firmly on a path.

So, as soon as Neo goes to the oracle, she asks him to look at the word hanging: Know thyself. It is a Greek wisdom written in the courtyard of the temple of Apollo in Delphi (Greece) attributed to Socrates since ancient times. He called for it to search for the inner truth of a person, by knowing himself and his goals and knowing the secrets behind them, considering that the way to knowing the truth begins from within.

But the position that the oracle takes in the plot depends on the element of place. Did you ever notice that she didn’t move an iota from the kitchen until about the third part? She’s always there waiting for the cake she’s just baked to ripen, and she greets Neo and the entrants. The kitchen is the essence of the house that you must ascend to, which is what the oracle occupies from the tale, by sitting slowly, waiting.

The distribution of characters in the general framework has a special significance, as Neo’s existence becomes important only when he grasps his true identity and is in the process of changing. He turns against his former world by giving up the name Anderson and clinging to the identity of Neo, and he always occupies the heart of the staff, Trinity to his right, and Morpheus to his left, as if their presence is inevitable, or else he will lose his balance. We are certain that he has passed the seven stages of his costume, his black robes, and the look in which he subsided and became radiant with strength.

mirrors of the distant past

But it seems, the passing years removed that glow, and that look slipped away, so that “River” regains after years the first suspicious look in the teaser of the movie, and returns to his era, floundering in his search for an answer, with a foggy memory, ignorant of the vocabulary of his world, and even Trinity, with whom he feels familiar exchanged, to ask him: Have we met before? Swallow the blue pill. For him, the past is a vague dream that he never ceases to admire, and the matrix is ​​an entity and an idea that he does not recognize. To begin the trailer with psychiatrist Neil Patrick Harris talking, River asks him, “Am I crazy?”

He sees himself in the mirror and is old, while we see his youthful appearance that we were accustomed to, but he seems unable to recognize himself, surrounded in an elevator covered with smart phones to reveal his separation from those around him. But, is what we’re seeing really “NEO”? Didn’t we confirm that he died at the conclusion of the third part of “The Matrix Revolutions”?

Matrix 4

Wachowski doesn’t leave us lost like this, we glimpse in the teaser book Alice in Wonderland, we see a rabbit tattooed on the arm of one of the other characters played by the Chinese actress Jessica Henwick, enough to assure us that someone will guide him, and this is what happens, as he takes the red pill His memory refreshes, and he engages his opponents with the kung fu moves that he became famous for.

The series became popular in part thanks to its combative movements, influenced by Hong Kong action cinema, and in turn influenced the production of action films in Hollywood. In particular, the so-called “bullet time” is popular, where movement within the shot is allowed to progress slowly, while the camera appears to move through the scene at a normal speed, allowing the rapid movements of some characters to be perceived naturally (16).

Apparently, then, Neo again chose Nozick’s machine in one form or another, even though he knew that life in it was deeply melancholy, influencing truth, knowledge, and honest relations with others, crushing falsehood. To wake up like Alice, not to the rustle of grass waving in the wind, but to a reality we don’t know, and an important question: Why did Wachowski really come back with a new fourth part?

Most likely, not because Wachowski sat in the cafe where she had previously sipped coffee with her sister nearly two decades ago, intending to create another part, but rather because of a sleepless night, in which sadness and loss lingered together, in which she was unable to settle all this sorrow that she experienced over the departure of her parents from life. She says (17): “One evening, I burst into tears, could not sleep, and my mind blew up this whole story, I could not hug my Mum and Dad, but suddenly I had New Trinity… It was a relief that these two characters were alive. Again, this is what art creates and stories give us, a solace that touches our hearts whenever they are about to break.”



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  2. PHILOSOPHY – Ethics: Hedonism and The Experience Machine [HD]
  3. would you opt for a life with no pain?
  4. First ‘Matrix 4’ Poster Hints At A Preference In Streaming Vs. Theaters Debate
  5. How The Matrix Resurrections Trailer Evokes the Franchise’s First Movie in Mysterious Ways
  6. Win This DeLorean DMC-12 and Live Out All Your Back to the Future Fantasies
  7. Brothers Unleash the Comic Book of Ideas
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  9. “The Matrix” was filmed in Australia in order to keep production costs low.
  10. The Matrix Built Our Reality-Denying World The movie that gave all of us a new way to see (or reject) everything
  11. The Making of The Matrix (1999)
  12. Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll, translated by: Shakir Nasreddin. Dar Al-Mada for printing, publishing and distribution (2020)
  13. Cyberpunk as a Science Fiction Genre
  14. cyberpunk
  15. What Is Cyberpunk?
  16. The Matrix
  17. The Matrix 4 “Describes the Next 20 Years of Digital Life”

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