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(2003), R -- Need I say more about the obvious mockery or at least allegation?
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): NPV Entertainment, Silver Pictures, Warner Bros.
Distribution (US): Warner Bros.
Director(s): The Wachowski Brothers, Andy & Larry
Producer(s): Bruce Berman, Grant Hill, Joel Silver, Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
Written by/Screenplay: The Wachowski Brothers, Andy & Larry
Cinematography/Camera: Bill Pope
Music: Don Davis
Film Editing: Zach Staenberg
Casting: Mali Finn
Production Design: Owen Paterson
Art Direction: Jules Cook, Mark W. Mansbridge, Catherine Mansill, Charlie Revai
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
The Matrix trilogy is clearly a mockery or at least an allegory of God, Jesus, Satan and the antiChrist with the Oracle as God, Neo as Jesus, the Architect as Satan, Mr. Smith as the antiChrist, the Machine City as Hell and the bright sunshine-filled land as Heaven. [Gal. 6:7] Even the domain of the Earthbound is biblical -- Zion. And even the domain of the evil ones is portrayed as - err - evil. The Frenchman, one of Smith's henchmen (or one of Satan's demons) ran a gathering with the participants writhing in many manner of evil, reminding me of the olden paintings of Hell: demons reveling and dancing about, screeching and cackling, sneering and drooling. In that "party" was men showing intimate affection to each other, a woman massaging another woman's breasts, punk and all manner of arrogant dress, drunkenness and more of just about anything God says is immoral. Yes, even modern story-tellers associate these lifestyles with sin. [Gal. 5:21]
While based in the time worn story of good against evil, modern technology gives a flair to it that tends to obscure and maybe give bravado to but not protect the viewer from the gravity of doing battle with evil. CGI was dazzling. Ingenuity and attention to detail in background imagery was unparalleled in the best of sci-fi flicks. The slamming properties of the sound effects and background music amplified the already larger-than-life imagery. An effective combination to desensitize us to the gravity of the battle between God and Satan. A battle which Satan has already lost with the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus but Satan continues to make a boastful noise to try to draw even more away from Jesus.
Neo (Keanu Reeves) is still in a coma, floating about in never-never land called the Train Station - an eerily empty subway station between the Matrix and the real world, The train service is run by the Frenchman who decides who can leave the Matrix and go to the real world - for a price. Even this might be a mockery of the reality that once Jesus condemns a soul to Hell there is no escape. Ever. Or maybe it is a mockery of the Catholic belief in a purgatory between Earthly life and Hell as punishment for unforgiven "venial" sins of the righteous. If purgatory is a true place, it should be jam packed with wall-to-wall occupants instead of almost vacant. By the way, the Catholic denomination is the only Christian denomination I know of that believes in or even mentions a purgatory. I have not found anywhere that Christ said anything about it.
Finding what is thought to be evidence of Neo still within the Matrix, Morpheus (Lawrence Fishburne) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) decide to take a chance to rescue Neo from his limbo. Neo is needed desperately if there is to be any chance of the human race surviving the coming attack of the machines. Indeed, the fate of humanity rests in the hands of Neo. Whom else have we heard about who has the fate of humanity in His Hands? Need I say more about the obvious mockery or at least allegation?
I am not going to belabor the plot and story. It is a continuation of the same with the same characters doing the same things to the same end. But I will provide for you that for which you likely came to this page -- the information you need to make an informed decision on your own whether this film is morally fit for your family.
In addition to the issues identified above, the matters of violence in this movie are staggering. Each of the six Investigation Areas in our analysis model (W, I, S, D, O, M) has space for 60 examples of aberrant behavior on the worksheet. For the first time since I can remember the equations for calculating the score in Wanton Violence/Crime had to be modified to accommodate the overflow of examples of violence. [Jon. 3:8] Thirty-seven uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary drained any chances of a score greater than zero score in Impudence/Hate. [Col. 3:8] Also, one of the Captains seemed to know how to speak only if he could throw in the use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive. God's name was also used in vain without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11]. But strangely enough, I noted no uses of the most foul of the foul words. And, strangely enough for a R movie obviously targeted at teens, no one got in bed with anyone that I noted. The listing in the findings/Scoring section will provide an itemization of all that was found.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Single Christian Network
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|