Monday, January 07, 2008

Manic Monday - One

Mo's word for today is ONE.

"In a world of 1s and 0s are you a zero, or are you the ONE?"

Do you recognize this movie tagline? It's from one of my favorite films The Matrix.

Starring Keanu Reeves, the film premiered in 1999, a science fiction fantasy like none before!

Summary:
In the near future, a computer hacker named Neo (Keanu Reeves) discovers that all life on Earth may be nothing more than an elaborate facade created by a malevolent cyber-intelligence, for the purpose of placating us while our life essence is "farmed" to fuel the Matrix's campaign of domination in the "real" world. He joins like-minded Rebel warriors Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) and Trinity (Carrie Ann Moss) in their struggle to overthrow the Matrix. Written by Jake Gittes

Throughout the film, Morpheus is convinced that Neo is "The ONE" who is meant to save human life from complete destruction.


Some trivia about the film:

Neo is an anagram for
"ONE". In addition "Neo means "new." Neo's real name is Thomas Anderson. He is called Thomas at the beginning of the movie, when he doubts the truth -- that the world as he knows it is not real. He is the "doubting Thomas" of the film. Also, Anderson means "son of man". Hence, Neo Anderson is meant to be, symbolically, the New Son of Man, the Savior of the human race. There are further Biblical references: Trinity, the central female character, and Nebuchadnezzar (the name of Morpheus's ship -- in fact, the name plate on the ship makes reference to a verse in Mark chapter 3).
"Zion... So not only is Neo 'the ONE', he has gone from being the doubter to the new son of man."

A genuinely fantastic film in all ways.

theteach

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16 comments:

Jamie said...

Complete agreement. It is a wonderful movie and I love that kind of "inside baseball" references that you either recognize or find out about and then catch on the next watching.

the teach said...

Thanks for commenting, Jamie! :)

Carver said...

I resisted watching the first movie when it first came out but I enjoyed it later. My daughter liked it so much when she was in high school she had the video and I ended up watching it with her and was glad I did.

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I gotta agree about The Matrix. Good stuff.

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Roger said...

I like them all to! I wish they could of stay with a all original cast all the way threw with the Oracle.

Mar said...

Great take on ONE. It's a fantastic movie! Thanks for all the information, it was fun to read

Odat said...

Good "ONE"!

Peace

Stine said...

I'm ashamed to say I've never seen it ... I must have missed something good...

Marilyn said...

I really liked it, but I have he very bad habit of dissecting the science behind the science fiction. This was the movie that caused us to institute the, "Marilyn is not allowed to talk during movies," rule. Not a bad rule, but I do enjoy a good debate. I guess this is why I have to watch science fiction movies with my dad.

Sanni said...

Excellent choice! I love the "Matrix" - a very captivating movie, just like your take on the theme!

BeccaGirl said...

Hey there, did you insert the wrong link to this blog in Mr. Linky for your Give Me Five meme today? It's not here... I think something like this happened last week too! LOL

Gattina said...

I don't like these "fantastic" movies I am more for realistic stuff, lol !

Just read your post about elections. I wonder why there are only two parties in the US ? It is the only country in our western world who only has two. Even in our little Belgium (only 10 mill inhabitants) we have at least 5 if not more parties so you have more choice.

jm4847 said...

I loved that movie as well :)

Travis said...

Don't shoot me...I've never seen any of the films.

I just wasn't interested in them. But the bits of trivia you explained might cause a trip to the DVD store.

the teach said...

Gattina, there are a couple of more political parties in the U.S., you just don't hear about them...

The U.S. has a de facto two-party system but other parties include the Libertarian Party, the Constitution Party, and the Green Party.