The Matrix (1999) is an extension of the existentialist motifs of the mid 20th Century set in the 23rd, for its obvious influences from the American Noir Style. This is apparent when looking at the five points of this existentialism.
First, Thomas A. Anderson (Keanu Reeves), a.k.a. “Neo,” is portrayed from the beginning of the film as a “normal Joe” who holds the potential of a world savior, yet without the narcissism. He does
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cosmos as we choose. It is at that point that we realize that our choices affect our own destinies, our own future, and no one else’s. It is at these defining moment that we realize one thing: the Matrix has us…
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