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The Matrix 1999 is an extension of the existentialist motifs of the mid 20th Century set in the 23rd for its obvious influences from the American Noir Style This is apparent when looking at the five points of this existentialism First Thomas A Anderson Keanu Reeves aka Neo is portrayed from the beginning of the film as a normal Joe who holds the potential of a world savior yet without the narcissism He does not have X-ray vision or the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound but rather he is a lowly computer programmer for a respectable computer company He does not appear important to anyone else in the film at first and it is because of his lifestyle Mister Anderson is immersed in the world of computers As a result he is lonely and alienated from the world or reality This feeling is also reflected in the high swooping camera angle found in the film which is characteristically Noir But what is reality The truth Neo makes the conscious choice to see how deep the rabbit hole goes One finds out later in the film that at the point of making such a choice he was nothing or nothing more than an oversized Energizer but upon choosing the truth he is also trying to free his mind from the prison he cannot taste or touch or see Neo is doomed to fail as no one has come before him to succeed in the freeing of his own mind As a result he is under a sentence of death the system is set up against him the Matrix has him he struggles with the choice between life and death as he must let his instructor Morpheus Lawrence Fishburne die or sacrifice himself to save him There is only one element holding his life in tact Fate At first Mister Anderson does not like the idea of fate as he cannot stand
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