The Matrix

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  1. Acts 1:8

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    Has Anyone here seen this movie? If so what were your thoughts?
     
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    I really enjoyed it, I'm anxious to see the sequel. [​IMG]

    There are a lot of Christian shadows or allegories in the film, some of which are really interesting but some of which are a bit of a stretch.

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    I'm in the IT industry. Seeing the Matrix was compulsiry. Great flick!!! [​IMG]
     
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    I was a philosophy student. Again, compulsory. [​IMG] 'Course, I'd seen it twice before my class went to the cinema.

    I really enjoyed it. Keanu Reeves still can't act (although his dazed, deer-in-headlights expression came in handy for the role), but the story was good, and the allegory was pretty-straightforward.

    It does make you think about what reality is and isn't.
     
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    From an action standpoint, it was excellent as well.

    The hand to hand fight scenes are choreographed by a couple of guys from Hong Kong, and their influence shows.

    As a fan of Hong Kong martial arts movies, this was definately a good thing.

    One of my favorite movies of all time.

    Paul
     
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    Enjoyed the movie. Am also looking forward to the sequal.

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    BrianT said:

    There are a lot of Christian shadows or allegories in the film, some of which are really interesting but some of which are a bit of a stretch.

    To be precise, there is a lot of Christian terminology used in the movie. The major theme (about this world not being the "real" one and the real world being somewhere outside of what we perceive) is pure Platonism.
     
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    Yes, lots of terminology. I wasn't thinking of the "real" world outside our perception (although the spiritual domain could be applied here I guess). I was thinking of things like:

    - when he first starts his journey, he undergoes something of a "new birth" (the pod scene), followed immediately by a baptism (being dumped in the water)
    - betrayal by one of the "disciples"
    - his death and resurrection

    Stuff like that. [​IMG] I also see some eastern religion influences in the film, so I don't go as far as saying that it is a Christian allegory. [​IMG]
     
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    You're right - it uses heavy Christian symbolism and terminology more than it is a heavy Christian allegory, but perhaps only because the story is incredibly consistent with Plato's "The Allegory of the Cave." You could take the story of The Matrix and turn it into a Christian allegory, but it's definitely Plato made modern. Of course, "The Allegory of the Cave" is often used as Christian allegory, so it's not completely incorrect to call The Matrix Christian allegory, just more accurate the way you put it.
     
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    sorry ive not seen it......
    yours, Jon
     
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    Was it meant to be christian allegory? Or something else, and christians have just interpeteded it that way?
    I had no idea there was a sequel coming, I really liked the movie, I am a big sci fi fan, and this had some great visuals.
     
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    The Matrix as mentioned in the Bible means womb.

    The lead character's name is Neo...or new...and he is playing someone referred to as the Messiah in the movie.

    This movie is very spiritual in nature and in it's sub-themes.

    Funny how my church spoke vehemently against it... it was referred to as satanic. I don't remember why, and so will not expound on that submission further.

    Interesting that it was said in the movie that they created a "perfect world" but the subjects in it could not handle it, and so re-wrote the program.

    This is a favorite movie among Gnostic Christians...for being spritual without the traditionalism.

    I hope you will read my comments without attacking me for them...they are my personal observations and experiences.
     
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    My guess: preachers were against it because it contained a scene in which the heroes went into a building, in black trenchcoats, and gunned down a large number of people. As someone who watched the movie when it came out, may I say that scenes like this are why I would not recommend it to fellow-believers.

    jh

    BTW, I don't CARE what you watch. That's none of my business!
     
  14. Clint Kritzer

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    As this is a secular movie, I'm going to move this topic down to all other discussions. Please see the link at the top of the text table.

    BTW, personally, I really enjoyed the movie (well, the DVD anyway. I never saw it in the theater). Like Katie I am a big sci fi fan. [​IMG]

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    [ November 12, 2002, 07:45 PM: Message edited by: Clint Kritzer ]
     

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