On Finally Understanding The Matrix Sequels


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For fifteen years, I’ve assumed that the Matrix Sequels were irredeemable failures. But looking back on them with fresh eyes reveals a pair of films that are exhilarating, interesting, and sometimes hilarious. In this video I try to make sense of these two movies, and what they have to say about free will and the systems that control society.

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Works Cited:

DRAGUNOIU, DANA. “Neo’s Kantian Choice: ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ and the Limits of the Posthuman.” Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal, vol. 40, no. 4, 2007, pp. 51–67. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/44030393. https://www.jstor.org/stable/44030393?read-now=1&loggedin=true&seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents

For more on Immanuel Kant’s Categorical Imperative read: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals.

More Matrix analysis:

Chelsea L. Shephard. “Call Trans Opt: Transgender Themes in The Matrix.” http://ontologicalgeek.com/call-trans-opt-transgender-themes-in-the-matrix/

Moviebob’s “Really That Good: THE MATRIX.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGopT-KNvlM

Wisecrack’s Matrix videos:
The Matrix Reloaded: What Went Wrong? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TROA_0RxZmM
The Matrix Reloaded: What were they thinking? – Show Me The Meaning! LIVEhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsBtJfE6uN0
The Matrix Revolutions: What Went Wrong?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27rhHfBugnc
The Matrix Revolutions: Profound or Poorly Thought Out? – Show Me The Meaning! LIVEhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPUI5-T2Uts

Freewill, Fate, Causality in The Matrix Reloaded: http://montalk.net/metaphys/70/freewill-fate-and-causality-in-matrix-reloaded

Music by Epidemic Sound: http://epidemicsound.com

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