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Entering the Matrix


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Entering the Matrix

  1. 1. ENTERING THE MATRIX<br />How Deep the <br />Rabbit Hole Goes<br />
  2. 2. THE MATRIX<br />In 1999, Larry and Andy Wachowski released a science-fiction film called The Matrix.<br />The story involved a hacker, with the pseudonym Neo, discovering that this reality is virtually created by machines to control and utilize of the body heat of the human population.<br />Neo is then drawn by a group of rebels to rebel against the machines, both in the real world and within the virtual Matrix.<br />
  3. 3. INFLUENCES<br />Literary<br />Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland<br />Religious<br />Philosphical<br />Plato’s Allegory of the Cave<br />Descartes’ Evil Demon<br />Anime and other film<br />Ghost in the Shell<br />
  4. 4. REACTION<br />87% critical approval rating (<br />#39 on the 500 Greatest Movies of all Time (Empire Magazine)<br />8.7/10 viewer rating, #21 on Top 250 (<br />4 Academy Awards: Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects<br />Considered a key figure in science fiction, cyberpunk work and <br />
  5. 5. THE MATRIX RELOADED<br />In 2003, the Wachowskis released the much anticipated sequel.<br />Expanded the universes of both the Matrix and the Real World. Involved Neo attempting to carry out the prophecy before the human city of Zion was destroyed by machines.<br />Also critically and financially successful.<br />
  6. 6. ENTER THE MATRIX<br />In conjunction with the release date of Reloaded, a multi-platform roleplaying-action-shooter game was released.<br />Play as the secondary characters of Niobe and Ghost during the temporality of just before and during Reloaded.<br />Revealed more about the universe to the players through gameplay and in-game films.<br />
  7. 7. THE ANIMATRIX<br />Before the release of the conclusion of the trilogy, the Wachowski Brothers produced nine independently made animated short films relating to the world of the Matrix.<br />Some of the films expanded the knowledge of the Matrix universe, before, and during the temporality of the films.<br />
  8. 8. THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS<br />The conclusion to the Matrix Trilogy.<br />Most of the film, unlike the first two, took place in the Real World.<br />As the Agent Smith virus grows within the Matrix, Zion prepares for the machines’ attack, Neo and Trinity attempt the impossible.<br />Mixed reviews critically, but financially successful.<br />
  9. 9. THE MATRIX COMICS<br />Several comics were released online and in print between 1999 and 2004.<br />In 2003, a collection was made available.<br />Extended the parameters of the world and the stories of several characters.<br />
  10. 10. THE MATRIX ONLINE<br />An MMORPG released in 2005 after the completion of the Trilogy.<br />Takes place immediately after the last film, where people are given the option to live in the Real World or consciously in the Matrix, or “redpills”.<br />Features characters from the films that players can interact with, along with several missions and opportunities for combat.<br />Shut down in 2009.<br />
  11. 11. THE MATRIX: PATH OF NEO<br />Video game released in late 2005, where players can play as the film’s protagonist in several scenes from the trilogy.<br />The only official release of the Matrix franchise that I do not own.<br />
  12. 12. IN ADDITION...<br />Soundtracks were released for each film release and Enter the Matrix.<br />Several books on philosophy and the world of The Matrix have been written.<br />Matrix fanfiction and forums have been populating the internet since the film’s inception.<br />
  13. 13. QUESTIONS?<br />Being a self proclaimed Matrix nerd, I’ll be able to answer any questions, comments, concerns about the transmedial world of the Matrix.<br />Thank you for listening to my presentation; I hope it helped free your mind.<br />