We have no idea what the theme of The Matrix is, but we do know that it’s one of the best films of the 20th century.
And according to some movie theorists, it is one of its most important themes.
“The Matrix is a film which is often referred to as the greatest film of all time,” said film critic and film theorist Daniel Dennett.
“Its central concept is that of a perfect and timeless world.
It shows the idea that we are all the same, but that all our differences are temporary.
The world is an idealised representation of our world, and our differences in that idealised world.”
And in the film, the storyteller is also the hero, the villain, the one who fights to restore order and freedom in the world.
All of these things have been expressed in the narrative through a film that is essentially a film of the mind.
“There is an almost metaphysical aspect to this film which draws the viewer into its own world, where the world is a living thing, and the viewer is in the act of making a choice.”
It’s the theme that sets the film apart, the movie theorist said.
“We don’t know what the ultimate meaning of the film is, or why it’s so important, but the fact that we can watch it and know that we’ve seen it all makes it a film so important.”
It is not just the film’s theme, it’s also its message, Dennett said.
The Matrix has also been described as a ‘philosophy of hope’, which Dennett agreed.
“It is a message that tells us that all is possible,” Dennett told New Scientist.
“That all is beautiful and full of hope.
And that there are other paths to happiness that we don’t have to take.”
It has been compared to the film The Godfather, and many believe that the Matrix may be one of their favourite films.
“There are some very positive aspects to The Matrix,” said Dennett, who has also written a book about the film.
“I’m not sure that anyone would argue with the film being an indictment of the law, but there is a very positive aspect to it as well.”
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