The first Matrix movie was re-run by a local tv-station and I re-re-saw the first half of it, but simple couldn’t stand it. I can’t believe that it seemed fresh and innovative when it came out just five years ago. The fight scenes are okay, but nothing special any more, but what really annoyed me was the science babble. Lot’s of people have talked lots, about the “humans as batteries”? nonsense, but what really annoyed me is the “if you die online, you die in real life”? crap.
After the first Morpheus vs Neo training fight scene, Neo is bleeding and aching all over, and this conversations ensues:
Neo: I thought it wasn’t real
Morpheus: Your mind makes it real
Neo: If you’re killed in the matrix, you die here?
Morpheus: The body cannot live without the mind
What the fuck? Morpheus is dodging the question! Answer the fucking question Morpheus!
1 The mind does not have the power to inflict damage to the body or we would all have tried waking up with broken bones or whatever after a crazy dream.
2 More importantly: Why should the mind leave the body? Entering the matrix could work two ways: a: Your mind leaves your brain and runs in the matrix or b: your mind keeps running on your own hardware but gets and sends sensory input and command to the matrix.
a. Is simply stupid. You have to upload state and connection data for 10^11 neurons (that’s a lot of data) and you have to return all this information in it’s new state when done. But you also have to run it all in new hardware – why do you even have to be connected to the body, then? And why wipe the brain? – the mind is not a psycical thing, it’s a blob of data, that is copied and you actually have delete the original if you do not want it. Why not upload, unhook, and if the matrix version does well, return the new updated version from the matrix. But if the matrix version gets deleted, just fire up the local, dormant, version. Or simply take a back-up during the upload process and you can always download that version to your brain if something goes wrong in the Matrix.
I wouldn’t get into that chair without asking some very pointed questions about backups and such. What if the connection is lost? Some other ship near by fires of an EMP bomb and all that hardware running your mind or at least the connection to it gets fried. No thanks.
But more importantly: If the reason for the Matrix is to pacify the “human batteries”? and there’s nothing in there (in the brains of the batteries), because they are all in the Matrix, the Matrix isn’t really needed. Just Zap the brain and leave the heart controlling cortex running. Shouldn’t be that hard to re-write a simple mind from scratch that will run a non moving human body.
b. Makes a lot more sense, but Wachowski brothers are apparently lazy bastards, as it would take a lot of thinking if you are to make the story interesting, because it wouldn’t really matter if you got killed in the Matrix. Just reconnect and try again. So you need to find reasons why you do not want to be killed in the Matrix. Maybe it’s psychologically painful and maybe it take time to reconnect. Maybe the Matrix would be less important, compared to the Real World where you can be killed for real.
Oh, and the last two movies are just stupid and even more silly. And Carry-Anne Moss isn’t that hot.