Haven't been any recent threads so I'm making a new one. Some dude on Reddit posted his personal fanwank theory about the films.
Matrix nerd here.
It's pretty clear if you watch the whole series and pay attention. The Machines real plan is to devise the perfect life form. The whole series plainly lays out that both Humans and machines have huge downfalls, humans progress, but to the point of self destruction, machines do not possess creativity to progress. The Matrix is a testing level for creating the perfect life form, IE: The Ones. The machines analyze humans in an attempt to create a perfect amalgamation of the two. The largest variable and most difficult part was analyzing love for them so they create Neo (Who is obviously a machine, think about it next time you watch them) to fall in love with a human (Trinity) in an attempt to study it. They break the rules multiple times, Neo dies and Trinity, a human professes her love for him and they realize they have a perfect opportunity and bring Neo back to life.
Now we get to the important part, Sati. Her two parents, a machine who programs other AI and a machine who manages human power plant farms create the perfect being, a combination of Human and Machine which is the young girl and most important character Sati.
Everything that happens in the story goes down and Sati escapes, the Matrix is destroyed but the machines use her to create the perfect world. So in the end it's a pretty good ending it's just confusing as hell the first couple times.
Edit: I wrote a further explanation of the meanings of what I said and the series as a whole in another comment below.
Absolutely! I go on to my friends about this for hours to my friends.
First of all you've got to make clear a couple things. The war of the machines started after some key things. The machine war didn't start from the machines simply turning on their masters. It started from one machine murdering its owner who was mistreating it. This caused the humans to fear the AI machines and isolate them to a single machine city called 01 as destroying all of them once they had become self aware would be immoral. The problem was that the machines society became so efficient that they were seen as a threat to the world economy and the humans had to destroy them but we all know how that ended up. (The Animatrix)
This scene is easily one of the most important scenes for understanding the mystery behind the series. The architect outlines the biggest flaws of humans and what will ultimately lead to our doom. Like Smith said humans are the only species that will outgrow our sustainability, never finding harmony with our environment the way that animals such as ants do. one absolutely key point you need to remember is Machines are not evil, never have been and are actually the "good guys" of the series. The Matrix is essentially what the humans wanted the machine city 01 to be. A way to contain and regulate the humans. It's a cage to keep the humans in check but like the architect says a simulation like the Matrix can never be perfect, the architect made a perfect world but humans rejected it since it's not natural, so the machines created the Oracle, a machine specifically made to better understand humans and think in different ways, where the Architect sees everything as a mathematical equation that needs solving the Oracle sees it in a more human way and together they planned to create a more sustainable Matrix for the humans.
Zion is not a resistance at all. Zion is a necessity to the Matrix, it is built off people who reject the Matrix and if left inside would corrupt the Matrix and ruin their system. Now you might think why wouldn't the machines just kill those people then? Well the answer is that they are also part of the machines study of humans. As I said both humans are machines are imperfect in their ways, machines cannot advance as a species without human ingenuity and humans will eventually destroy themselves. One hugely eye opening scene for me was the one where Neo speaks to Councilor Hamann because it becomes quite clear that Hamann is a machine placed in Zion as a machines way of keeping tabs. The night Neo can't sleep he gets up to find Hamman in the lower levels of Zion watching the equipment that recycles the humans waste and turns it into water and energy, renewable energy. This is huge because it negates the machines very supposed cause for keeping the humans trapped as batteries, why does no one put this together? Why Hamman answers it himself. *That's how it is with people - nobody cares how it works as long as it works. * Almost as a mockery of the humans who believe they are fighting for a cause to save other humans when really all they are is a part of a larger human experiment. Both machines that Neo talks to, Hamann note that he is still human, he must remain "Human" for the experiment to work and by that they mean think 100% that he is a human and not a machine. Even though Neo finds himself not sleeping and walking around at night like the other Machine does as they have no need for it, but he still does sleep somewhat, showing that he still at least thinks he is. Another interesting note is the illusion of choice, Smith sees it and even points it out to Neo. Neo never had a choice in any of this, he is following a gracefully laid path the machines created for him to serve his purpose. Watch the movies with this in mind and you'll be amazed at the how clear it becomes. Smith understands everything by the end of the series when he absorbs Neo, the plot of the machines, everything but he can't quite handle it.
Neo is a machine part of a study.
To put it simply, the goal of the machines in the end is to create the perfect world, what they learn from their tests is that neither humans nor machines are capable of such a thing. Every Matrix has been an experiment, tests at perfection and all have failed and each "One" has been a way for the machines to study various aspects of human emotion. At the point in which the series takes place the machines understand everything except for one key, fascinating aspect of humans, Love. The Architect watches in astonishment as Neo leaves, dooming his people to save the one person he loves. Love is pretty ridiculous in that way. They mean to study love in a perfect way by creating a machine AI, and having it fall in love with a human, and that is how we get Neo. When we're introduced to him we see him sitting in his apartment with no social life, a pathetic job essentially no life except for computers. That alone makes him sound like a machine created life form to me. But as such he carrys on, meets the resistance unknowing that he was created to fall in love with Trinity, he does, and she loves him back, she does not realize this however until he is dead. The way I see it he was going along with his experiment but it fails when he dies. That is until the machines hear Trinity say she loves him. Wow, They've succeed! a human loves their machine, so what do they do? Bring him back to life to continue the study. That is why he comes back to life after being killed. Now we find ourselves in Matrix Reloaded, Trinity shot and dying in Neos dreams planted by his machine creators and essentially the situation is reversed, they are testing to see if their creation can feel love in the same way that he was loved by Trinity. After all this happens and the machines study of love is complete the whole point of of the series comes together in the discovery of the perfect lifeform, a cyborg, a combination of the the positive aspects of both Machines and Humans, they come together to create Sati.
Sati is the key to everything
We find Neo in the trainstation talking to Sati and her parents. One parent representing machines, the mother who programs other machines and AI, and the father who is a power plant systems manager who represents humans (Power Plants are where humans are kept). They merge their two resources in their newly discovered resource, love, to create Sati who is the perfect being, a cyborg who can think with the logic of a machine and the creativity of the humans. She is the reason for all of it, when she finally escapes and the sixth Matrix, the one from the movies is destroyed by the integral anomaly, Agent Smith. A new one must be created, the difference this time instead of being created by The Oracle and The Architect, it will be created by the perfect life form and she will create the perfect world. It really is the happiest ending possible.
And there you have a small part of my massive analysis of the meaning behind the Matrix, a fascinating sci-fi story mixed with a very flashy entertaining action movie. I'd be more than happy to address any other points if anyone is interested.
The Machines using humans as a battery is a simple motivator for the humans in Zion have a goal and continue their study, they are told "These machines are keeping our people hostage and we need to save them" even though the humans don't piece together that the Machine created Zion, including Zions renewable energy sources so it's obviously with the machines power. Like Neo said "Either no one told me, or no one knows"
I strongly believe the Wachowski brothers wanted to audience to take a step back and look at the movies beyond face value, think about all these puzzle pieces and have a sense of "Waking Up" similar to what Neo did in the movies. The humans in the movie are not putting together that the machines are guiding their path and controlling everything, and neither does the general audience unless you step back and think about it the way the characters had to to escape the Matrix in the first place. The Wachowskis really are brilliant men and it's such a shame that so many people call them lazy and dismiss them, failing to look beyond the obvious, but then again. 99% of people in The Matrix fail to realize that they are just part of a system and don't care about the real truth, they are given a simple life they are happy with and don't think beyond it, as the audience who don't think about it are given a simple meaningless action movie that is still entertaining in that right. Fucking brilliant.
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