Because I Choose To....

Of all the movies I've seen (and I've seen a lot) I don't believe that I have ever seen a movie with dialogue more creative, more thought provoking, and more insightful than the dialogue in The Matrix trilogy. Oh yes, there are better movies, but the dialogue...

Yeah, some of you will probably think that I am a geek for even suggesting this, but dare I say that there are a lot of philosophical and existential tidbits in the dialogue, that is, if you pay attention. Here are some of the good ones:

Morpheus: If real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then 'real' is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.

Morpheus: What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad.

Morpheus: You have the look of a man who accepts what he sees because he is expecting to wake up. Ironically, that's not far from the truth.

Morpheus: There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.

Morpheus: You have to let it all go, Neo. Fear, doubt, and disbelief. Free your mind.

Spoon boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That's impossible. Instead... only try to realize the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Spoon boy: There is no spoon.
Neo: There is no spoon?
Spoon boy: Then you'll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.

Agent Smith: I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species. I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area, and you multiply, and multiply, until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet, you are a plague, and we are the cure.

The Architect: Hope, it is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of your greatest strength, and your greatest weakness.

The Oracle: I told you before. No one can see beyond a choice they don't understand, and I mean no one.

The Oracle: Everything that has a beginning has an end. I see the end coming, I see the darkness spreading. I see death... and you are all that stands in his way. If you cannot stop him tonight, then I fear tomorrow will never come.

Merovingian: You are really ready to die for this man?
Persephone: If she has to, she'll kill everyone of us. She's in love.
Trinity: Believe it!

And my favorite:

Agent Smith: Why, Mr. Anderson? Why do you do it? Why get up? Why keep fighting? Do you believe you're fighting for something? For more than your survival? Can you tell me what it is? Do you even know? Is it freedom? Or truth? Perhaps peace? Yes? No? Could it be for love? Illusions, Mr. Anderson. Vagaries of perception. The temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is without meaning or purpose. And all of them as artificial as the Matrix itself, although only a human mind could invent something as insipid as love. You must be able to see it, Mr. Anderson. You must know it by now. You can't win. It's pointless to keep fighting. Why, Mr. Anderson? Why? Why do you persist?
Neo: Because I choose to.

For Punzi and all the other Matrix fans out there.


Punzi said…
Thanks for the dedication, bro!

I have to say that the Matrix Trilogy is one the most ground-breaking series that has ever graced the silverscreen. Only a few movies go on to create such a cult-following and a universe unto its own. Off the bat, I can name only two that can match this, and they both start with "Star..." (Yes, I know you know these two...)

Ang hilig lang nila sa trilogies. Bakit kaya?
Ronald Allan said…
Yo me, I suppose 3 is the magic number before a movie concept gets worn Police Academy or Nightmare on Elmstreet.

The only other trilogy (other than the two that begin with "Star") that I like is The Terminator series. The concept is not totally implausible, if you think about it...:-)

If you have seen all the Matrix movies, including Animatrix, I, Robot actually makes for a fitting prologue, even though it has nothing to do with the Matrix series.

Punzi said…
Well whaddyaknow...I forgot about that. I also have that collection. Also all orig-DVDs. Yun nga lang, this does not create a "universe" unto its own like The Matrix Trilogy and the two "Stars..." (pangalanan na nga natin baka sabihin nila may private conversation pa tayo sa blogs natin... Star Trek and Star Wars...heheheheh!)

I'll take your advise and watch I, Robot. I let that one pass before.

Ronald Allan said…
Technically, Star Trek isn't a trilogy, there are 10 movies in all, the last one being Star Trek: Nemesis.

My nerdy collection includes all Star Wars movies, except the last one. I only have two Star Trek movies, but I have all seven seasons of The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.

Is there a politically correct term for "pirated?" How about "originality challenged?" :-)

I'm seriously considering purchasing "The Matrix Online", a massively multiplayer online role playing game, to solve my Matrix fix. its story is set after the events of third movie, and seems to have good ratings...

Hmmm...the blue pill? Or the red pill?


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