Jewish World Review June 11, 2003 / 11 Sivan, 5763
The Matrix regurgitated
I won't be emerging from my hovel any time soon, not until I have
assurances that the Matrix has gone far, far away.
I enjoyed the first movie, but in between the nonstop parodies of it,
the stealing of its special effects in other movies, and the hype for
the sequel, I hope I never hear about the darn Matrix ever again.
I can also do without the forced cultural resonance THE MATRIX has
thrust upon us. Editorialists, tired of using WAG THE DOG for this
purpose, now use THE MATRIX as a metaphor for everything from the Iraq
War to American culture itself. (But if we really are living in some
horrible consensual hallucination generated by Republicans and
publicists, shouldn't we all be well-fed and rich?)
And why a sequel anyway? Once THE MATRIX revealed that we're all living
in a virtual reality, where do you go from there? If you refuse the
reality of THE MATRIX, as the hero Neo learned, no harm can come to you.
So even if wicked Mr. Smith becomes a hundred wicked Mr. Smiths in THE
MATRIX RELOADED, and the big obligatory car chase scene becomes the
BIGGEST obligatory car chase scene that ever ever was, it doesn't alter
the fact that none of it is real, and Neo can just zip off into the sky
any time he feels like it.
And what about the real reality of THE MATRIX RELOADED? Those unplugged
from the Matrix have relocated to Zion, the last free city, which
appears to be in a huge cavern, and where the inhabitants appear to
spend their time hippie-dancing and having orgies. Don't any of these
sensual libertarians have a job?
There's still one more sequel to go, and I'm gritting my teeth. At least
the X Men sequel is behind us. How many darn mutants ARE there, anyway?
They replicate like cloned bunnies. You can't even fit them all on the
I tell you, I've had it with these bloated dystopian Ozzes. If some
mutant or evil robot would kindly conjure a pair of ruby slippers for me
please, Kansas is suddenly looking pretty good to me. I am grabbing the
dog, clicking my heels, and I am so out of here.
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