take the blue pill? take the red pill?
FIRSTLY; I state the questions;
Is “THE MATRIX RELOADED” truly CYBERPUNK?
Following the aesthetics of cyberpunk; does this translate into film today?
Is the world more prepared for such brevity?
Or does minimal, useless information in the form of story and dialogue, not addressing metaphsyics or complex ideas, mixed with mindless action; serve the only purpose of templated plot, from film to film today?
Does “THE MATRIX RELOADED” prove to be a pacifier of anything intellectual to come (in film; especially)?
In case point; the release of —
ALITA: BATLLE ANGEL (2019)
Trades such insights for a dull, boring, action-fest, set for children rather than the adult intellect.
Does “THE MATRIX RELOADED” simply reside in POP CULTURE? A fossil left as a classic? Untouchable? Unrecreatable?
Take the yet to be released VIDEO GAME; CYBERPUNK 2077 for instance (rooted in influence from THE MATRIX) and CYBERPUNK FUNDAMETALS.
But will it serve the same INFERIORITY as anything that has preceeded “THE MATRIX RELOADED”?
SECONDLY, though “THE MATRIX RELOADED” is definetly CYBERPUNK, it doesn’t exactly tick all the boxes.
“Early, seminal cyberpunk novels and short stories of the 1980s saw the future as a bleak one, populated by megacorporate structures that would eventually dwarf the nations that birthed them.”
The Wachowski’s traded megacorpoartions for a post apocalyptic machine/human war that resides in the CYBER SIMULATION, where mankind now exists; a DREAM WORLD, called “THE MATRIX”.
Addressing DECARTESIAN philosophy, kung fu fights, and sentient programs that serve their MACHINE OVERLORDS, not the typical MEGACORP’S.
In the NEON DYSTOPIA ARTICLE;
“The Wachowskis had always fantasized about creating a comic book that would combine all of their cultural obsessions. Things like making mythology relevant in a modern context, relating quantum physics to Zen Buddhism, investigating your own life. They also loved Hong Kong action movies….”
Are we destined to subside in stupidity? Or does the world have more room for such transcendent information in film like “THE MATRIX RELOADED”?
delve deeper into the aesthetic world of
“THE MATRIX RELOADED”