‘Through computerisation, the world has become a simulation – The Matrix – in which the temptation is to participate in the illusion and the answer lies in courageously pursuing the truth. A small colony of humans survive in a place called Zion, and salvation lies in the saviour-figure overcoming the power of the Matrix in order to re-establish a human world.
The chosen one, the saviour figure who is called out of his world of illusion to save the world, is a computer hacker called Tom, whose on screen name is Neo (an anagram for the One). His companion is called Trinity, his mentor Morpheus (the God of Dreams).
His identity is a growing one, with a John the Baptist figure in the form of a woman oracle who is found in a kitchen cooking biscuits encouraging him to pursue his mission. Salvation can only come about through incarnation – Neo and his helpers must enter the Matrix in order to save it from within.
There is also betrayal, sacrificial death and resurrection. Much has been made of the special FX of the movie, and the action nature of the movie will guarantee it will be a hit with mid-older adolescents and young adults. The mythological explorations and suggestions play on some themes that offer good potential for religious conversations and comparisons’. (Peter Horsfield, writing for Christ and Media Culture: Electronic Culture Research Project)
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Link : Hollywood Jesus review
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