for reading The Matrix
the rise of the Internet
of social freedom
splitting of mind and body
Matrix as aesthetic hybrid
geography of The Matrix
ordinary 'real' world the hacker comes from
'desert of the real': a post nuclear world
where the hacker makes a 'run'
ordinary looking matrix simulation of Earth in 1999
of The Matrix
everything and translate that code into neurological signals
unprecendented power of an invisible simulation
if someone could crack the code...unprecedented freedom
for reading The Matrix:
does this film overcome the mind/body split that had been
necessary for the cyberpunk hacker to enter cyberspace?
question can be put in generic terms: how does The
Matrix contrive to transform the hacker into a superhero?
stages of the plot
extraction of Neo (scene index 1-9)
Neo's education and training (10-27)
brings mind and body into action (28-37)
the education and testing of a hero
as guide: Neo offered a choice and goes down the
rabbit hole (8-9-10)
history lesson in the Construct (12)
to hack with Kung-Fu
paradoxical words after he beats Neo in the
sparring program: "Morpheus: How did I
beat you? Neo: You--your're too fast. Morpheus:
Do you think my being faster, stronger has anything
to do with my muscles in this place? Do you
believe that's air you are breathing now?"
gets a cinematic assist from "Bullet-time"
Gaeta on the use of bullet-time: "those moments
signify that the character Neo is actualizing
his mind over matter control of the Matrix simulation."
as savior of humankind
and final fight with Agent Smith (36)
final speech and flight (37)
the Pieta (St. Peters)