Review by Nate Sala
In the previous post, we discussed the underlying allegory of “The Matrix”; that is, it is a sociological commentary on the control of the masses via imagery. We also noticed the religious motifs purposely sprinkled throughout the film. I initially postponed analysis on those elements while claiming that the Wachowskis appropriated them in order to tell a different story. In this post, I’d like to explain how I came to that conclusion. I would also like to strain out the issues of free will and determinism discussed in the film and investigate what Christianity has to say about them.
But first, the story.
I am incredibly excited to make this announcement. Beginning tomorrow (Wednesday) and continuing for the follow two Wednesdays, Nate will be reviewing each of the Matrix films in a comprehensive set of reviews, examining each of them not just individually, but as part of a larger whole. Why so excited you ask? Oh, I dunno, maybe it’s because The Matrix is my favorite movie of all time!
Aside from my personal bias and love for these films, or at least the first one for sure, The Matrix is also one of the most widely used films when it comes to savior analogies. There have been entire books written analyzing the philosophy and theology represented in The Matrix, often drawing comparison to people or stories in The Bible. Since we examine movies from a Christian perspective, it seems only fitting that we throw in our two cents as well. The Wachowski brothers broke some real ground both visually and figuratively with the release of the first film in 1999, and we’re excited to put the trilogy under the microscope. So come back tomorrow and check out the first in this set of reviews!
Review by Eric
I decided to do something a little different with this review. It is our first ever video movie review. I chose Constantine (2005) starring Keanu Reeves. It is a sci-fi/religious fantasy about a man who can see the spirit world and exorcise demons. If you can get past the bad theology and language it is an amazing story. Continue Reading