The Matrix is headed back to theaters for one week to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the sci-fi classic. Unfortunately, the screenings will only be in the 135 Dolby Cinema AMC theaters across the USA, with no New Zealand theaters announcing screenings at this point - but it does highlight the influence this movie had on a generation; and the story it told of our how technology could turn against us if we are not careful.
The screenings actually come a few months late, the movie was released March 31st 1999, so there is a possibility this comes off the back of a recent surge in popularity for Keanu Reeves rather than the film itself.
Keanu appeared on stage at the announcement of the eagerly awaited game title: CYBERPUNK 2077, a game in which the player is thrust into a futuristic setting, man merging with machine cybernetically, technology infiltrating every aspect of the players life.
What really triggered the pop fad for Keanu though was that at the conclusion of the game reveal, Keanu appeared virtually 'inside' the game itself too.
The crowd roared as he made appearances in both guises, in some form of irony becoming a simulated character inside a virtual world - how similar to the outcome he had fought against in the Matrix series.
It really does show the problem we face as a species though doesnt it. We love technology and wish to incorporate it into every possible aspect of our lives (the excitement surrounding the game and Keanu becoming virtual) yet our concerns about it are very audible (the popularity of the Matrix and the ever present threat of man verse machine)
I guess the over arching interest in the matter, is the union of these two aspects: we know we are forging ahead and incorporating technology, but we worry about what might happen in the end when we do.
What's your thoughts on this? Will we remain in control of the technology we implement?
As Morpheus would say, you can choose to “believe whatever you want to believe.