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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
"The Matrix" -- of reality? So say the producers of this sci-fi flick styled after the surrealism of "Blade Runner" but with the new attitude and extraordinary computer graphics. But in this one the 'Harrison Ford' is more of a messiah than a crusader, at least that is what the viewer is led to believe -- to save mankind from itself and its pointless, manufactured 'reality'. The quintessential 'hero' is "the one" -- a modern Moses that has the answer to an unanswerable question. The hero was even portrayed as believing himself incapable of leading humanity out of from under the control of the computer Pharaoh. A little deeper inspection into the plot might even lead the observer to believe the producers were casting the central hero as Jesus. A most uncomfortable picture to paint before a Christian. There's more...
A most violent movie. At least 26 murders, one of which was the central 'bad guy' emptying the magazine of his semi-automatic handgun into the chest of the 'hero'. The actor playing the bad guy was exceptional at expressing cold hatred and orgasmic lust for killing, probably as good or better than Leonardo DiCaprio at expressing steely coldness about murder ("The Basketball Diaries", R, 1995 - DiCaprio murdered six of his classmates with a shotgun). The shooting of the hero is another issue for serious evaluation -- *he was resurrected from the dead* -- by a kiss, no less. One character in "The Matrix" mocked our Lord by telling the hero that he was "[His] own personal Jesus Christ." And slowly the movie built the Matrix as having the power and authority of God to create and provide for the people. And at the end of the show the central hero narrated a piece to promote anarchy: "No rules. No boundaries." A most sly movie......sly almost to invisibility about its position regarding the King of kings and Lord of lords, about His Authority, AND about our subservience to it.
Other issues about "The Matrix" paled in comparison with the above included tons and tons of gunfire and gun battles. Marble pylons were shattered by gunfire. Spent shells fell like hail from an attack helicopter. I doubt there was more than a total of 15 minutes of showtime in which guns were not used or visible. Also invading the rational mind were sci-fi distortion of human flesh, burrowing of a mechanical scorpion into a human through his navel, feeding on the lifeforce of human babies, and a whole lot more morally distorting programming. Rather than discussing them in this Executive Summary/commentary", please refer to the listing in "Findings/Scoring."
FINDINGS / SCORING:
NOTE: Multiple occurrence of each item described below may be present in the movie.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
talk of murdering
display and long sequences of use of firearms and threats with firearms
murder and attempted murder by gunfire
sci-fi distortion of human flesh
graphic parasitic invasion into a human body
surgical invasion of flesh
removal of impaled object
a baby farm growing babies to feed on their lifeforce
long sequence of bloody fighting
graphic invasion of a human body by "mirror matter"
(2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the three/four letter word vocabulary is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication. As required of the Holy Scriptures, unless God's name is used with reverence to His glory and praise, its use is considered in vain, whether literal or euphemistic.
(3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Presentation of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.