"The Matrix" movie analysis

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The 1999 movie "The Matrix", the 2003 movie "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions," were all made by the Wachowski brothers (Internet Movie Database, 2007) is filled with symbolism that pertains to the Bible and Christianity.

An average man, Thomas A. Anderson, is leading a double life. In one of his lives, he's a computer programmer for a software company. In his other life, he's a hacker under the pseudonym, Neo. Neo is contacted by Morpheus, captain of the hovercraft "Nebuchadnezzar." Morpheus presents Neo with a red pill, which will help Neo activate a trace program to help him discover the truth about the Matrix. The initial shock comes in that the world Neo thought was real was actually the Matrix, a computer program developed by machines in order to use human beings as energy. Morpheus assumes Neo is "The One," the liberator of people from the Matrix.

Neo, along with everyone else involved in these missions, are constantly being pursued by Agents, sentient programs whose job it is to cut off those who hack into the Matrix and remove them.

The name of the character, Thomas A. Anderson, is related to the name Jesus. "Ander" means "man" in Greek and "son" means "son", so, "son of man". In Matthew, 18:11, there is a verse that states "for the son of man is come to save what is lost." That could possibly denote that he is destined to free the people of Zion. Another Bible verse is from Matthew 13:37, 41-42: "He answered and said to them: 'he who sows the good seed is the Son of Man' (Matthew 13:37, 2007)…the Son of Man will send out his Angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and them which...