19 April 2000

The Matrix (A Short Review)

This is a short review of the movie "The Matrix," which was released on the Easter weekend of 1999. This review is short because I would like you to read it. It is also around a year late since I have only recently watched this movie. The reason I did not watch this movie earlier is that I usually judge a book by its cover, and this book appeared to be a dark and violent one. If you do not judge books by their cover, you will collect a large amount of books that are not worth reading. The reason I decided to watch this movie is that it was recommend to me because of its profound Christian allegories. It turned out that there were many Christian allegories in this movie, but since there is an abundance of more in-depth information about this elsewhere on the Internet, I will only talk about one of these.

The main character of the Matrix is Neo, who is an allegorical character for Jesus. He is "the One" that will save everyone else, and is even called "my own personal Jesus Christ." Like Jesus, Neo dies and comes back to life, after which he begins to save everyone. Both Jesus and Neo were criminals; however, unlike Jesus, Neo was guilty of the crimes he was charged with, which he committed to increase his own material wealth. Neo also uses vulgar language, repeatedly using the Lord's name in vain, and kills a large number of people. The people he kills are not the villains (the villains are not real, and so cannot be killed), but the people he is suppose to be saving; unfortunately, they come between Neo and his objectives, and he kills them. Neo was not the Son of God, but a human that received enlightenment, making him not "the" Christ, but "a" Buddha. This is emphasised by the anticipation of not a Jewish or Christian type of saviour, but a reincarnation of a saviour that previously lived and died, and will repeat this cycle. In all, Neo's representation of Christ is false, and more closely represents Buddha, with the exceptions of his violent acts.

Buddhism and Hinduism are strongly represented in this movie. One of the main themes can be summed up in this one line: "There is no spoon." The one thing that this movie wants to teach you is that everything is illusion and that we are slaves to this illusion; an idea that is completely anti-Christian. Even the characters representing evil in this movie are illusions, which only undermines Christianity by suggesting that there is no Devil and no demons.

This movie is not a Christian allegory about slavery to sin, but a Buddhist and Hindu allegory about slavery to samsara (the eternal cycle of birth, suffering, death, and rebirth). There are Christian allegories in this movie, but they only serve the purpose of hiding a strong anti-Christian message.

If you want a profound Christian movie, see "Romero" or "A Man for all Seasons." If you do watch this movie, do not let your children watch it, and be on guard against its anti-Christian ideas.

The Matrix is another attempt to pervert Christianity, as well as desensitising people to death and violence. It looks like I judged this book correctly by its cover: dark and violent.