Agent Smith is a really bad character

An amazing matrix analysis. Who is Neo really?

This article was first published on my blog "DasNetz_inDir".

1. First impressions shape us

I used to feel like most of the matrix - the first part of the world-famous SciFi epic by the Wachowski siblings - that made them shimmer for the first time in front of their eyes. We wondered more than once about strange circumstances with Neo, listened to the words of Morpheus and the oracle with him in amazement, we certainly assumed that Neo could fully develop his inner strength as a chosen one and, of course, ultimately hoped he would finally win the fight against Mr. Smith, overcoming the illusory power of the Matrix.

So easy, so good. The roles seem to be clearly assigned. Typical Hollywood, we thought.

One or the other is of the opinion: "Well, the idea of ​​a simulated matrix wasn't entirely new back in 1999 either, but okay."

Either way, very few people find the film really bad. For some, the film was an occasion to deal more closely with their own reality, with their own circumstances. They looked for parallels, they saw parallels. Very nice! This is what films (and books) should ideally achieve.

But now to the point! What almost nobody thinks or has thought so far who has seen "Matrix": "Neo could have made the wrong decision."

Why also? Neo stands at the end of the film, as the winner of an epic duel and finally dismissed us viewers with his closing words: "I'll show you a world without you. A world without laws, without borders, without controls.", back to our own reality outside of the screen or the canvas.

This last sentence sounds seductive, tempting, promising unlimited freedom. Especially in view of the extremely limited world in which we ourselves live, all too understandable.

But is this very absolute statement by Neos coherent or basically an unrealistic wishful thinking?

What is a free life, is free reality without actually existing fair rules of the game, which set limits somewhere and allow a certain control?

2. Welcome to the second impression

Take a closer look at the film plot with me and let's see if the claim: "Morpheus and the Hacker Rebels are the good guys and Mr. Smith is the bad guy."can withstand a critical look at all. Let's see if the widespread first impression described is not deceptive after all.

So let's start with the very first scene in the film. Maybe someone remembers it vaguely. It's a phone call between Trinity and Cypher. It shows that the rebels have been monitoring Neo for a long time and, as Cypher clearly notes, the real plan is to kill him !!! But no, Morpheus doesn't want to have him killed, he could still be useful to them, he could be the chosen one. Stop! Suppose the rebels really are the good guys. Why did they want to kill him in the original plan first? Let's keep this question in mind.

(As an aside: I'm not going to chew through every scene, but rather dig out the interesting aspects and details.)

3. Who is Neo?

We find out pretty quickly that Neo doesn't sleep much and spends most of his time in front of computers, hacking in his free time. The first time he met Trinity in a club, she told him he was being watched by someone else. We note that Neo is being monitored by two parties.

It is interesting that Neo is supposed to follow the white rabbit before he meets Trinity. This symbolism comes from the well-known book / films "Alice in Wonderland", in which Alice, following the white rabbit, maneuvers herself into a great illusion from which she can hardly find her way out. Could this be an indication of who is actually attracting Neo right now, that their intentions are not as noble as it seems?

Apart from that, however, Trinity says in the club scene, one of the really interesting central statements of the film.

It is the question that leaves us with no peace of mind. ...

What is the matrix

The answer is out there somewhere, Neo. She is looking for you and she will find you if you want to.

Neo's character is specified shortly afterwards. Initially by his boss in the software company:

You think of yourself as something special, someone for whom no rules apply.

, later, when he first met Mr. Smith, as someone who

... has committed almost every computer crime.

With the best will in the world, that doesn't necessarily sound like one Gray hat Hacker with good intentions. Is Neo Really a Good One?

Like the rebels who need Neo's help, Mr. Smith declares that he needs Neo as a liaison. He knows about his contact with Morpheus.

Mr. Smith:

Whatever you think you know about this man is irrelevant. The majority of all authorities consider him the most dangerous man in the world. My colleagues think I am wasting my time with them, but I believe in their insight.

OK! Neo sees Morpheus as a liberator and an underground icon. Smith and a few others as terrorists. Let's see what's right now.

4. The Morpheus Method

Neo is about to eat Morpheus out of her hand when they first meet.

... namely a pill!

First of all, during the first telephone conversation with Neo, Morpheus assumes that the law enforcement authorities have intended murder, [ "If they knew what I know, you would probably be dead by now." ] in order to make it clear who, in his view, are the bad guys. (Remember, however, the rebel troops' original intentions to murder from scene 1!)

Morpheus, with his symptatic hairstyle and his open sun-groove eyes, meets Neo shortly afterwards in his favorite room. Using reverse psychology, he goes straight to the limit. He claims Neo's feeling that something is wrong with the world would have brought him to him, although the hackers obviously actively directed him there.

It continues with another central, interesting statement of the film.

Morpheus: "It is a pig world that you are fooled into in order to distract you from the truth." Neo: "What truth?" Morpheus: "... that you are a slave, Neo. You were born into slavery like everyone else and live in a prison that you can neither touch nor smell, a prison for your mind.

Well, I think you can touch and smell the prison. However, the basic idea expressed here is plausible. Or not?

There is a tendency to believe that if someone is telling something true (and so profoundly at that), then he cannot have dishonest intentions. But is this really the case?

It takes less than 5 seconds and you can see Morpheus, Neo, immediately pushing after an unbelievable ultimatum. It is his last chance, after that there is no going back. Immediate decision, gun to chest! Climb the matrix now or never again!

Äääähäm?!? This is how it should go now. All right! Anyone who acts like this is up to something.

Lo and behold, Morpheus plays with open cards. You just have to get it right. The blue pill he is now offering would wake Neo in his bed and give him the freedom to choose his beliefs. While the red pill leaves him in wonderland and, taken by the hand by Morpheus, leads into the deepest depths of the rabbit hole. So deeper into the matrix, not into real reality, as later wrongly implied. According to my understanding, the story couldn't be told any more clearly. Neo is known to opt for the red pill. It is then first connected to a machine before it supposedly wakes up in reality. When you wake up from a dream, will you be hooked up to a machine?

So we look at the story of a character who does not analyze independently, but allows himself to be (seduced).

So the reality that Neo enters after throwing pills is obviously one of Morpheus (Mythologically: the god of dreams and son of Hypnos) controlled illusory dream world. Everything Neo learns there is therefore questionable. That means, above all, the statements about the course of history on earth that machines are evil and the matrix is ​​fundamentally bad (etc. PP.).

(The most widespread red pill that binds individuals to the rabbit hole and manipulates them subconsciously is, in my opinion, this particular cherry.)