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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

The Matrix (1999), R
CAP Score: 39, CAP ID: 1.40

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President

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Executive Summary / Commentary
Findings / Scoring

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"The Matrix" -- of reality? So say the producers of this sci-fi flick styled after the surrealism of "Blade Runner" but with the new attitude and extraordinary computer graphics. But in this one the 'Harrison Ford' is more of a messiah than a crusader, at least that is what the viewer is led to believe -- to save mankind from itself and its pointless, manufactured 'reality'. The quintessential 'hero' is "the one" -- a modern Moses that has the answer to an unanswerable question. The hero was even portrayed as believing himself incapable of leading humanity out of from under the control of the computer Pharaoh. A little deeper inspection into the plot might even lead the observer to believe the producers were casting the central hero as Jesus. A most uncomfortable picture to paint before a Christian. There's more...

A most violent movie. At least 26 murders, one of which was the central 'bad guy' emptying the magazine of his semi-automatic handgun into the chest of the 'hero'. The actor playing the bad guy was exceptional at expressing cold hatred and orgasmic lust for killing, probably as good or better than Leonardo DiCaprio at expressing steely coldness about murder ("The Basketball Diaries", R, 1995 - DiCaprio murdered six of his classmates with a shotgun). The shooting of the hero is another issue for serious evaluation -- *he was resurrected from the dead* -- by a kiss, no less. One character in "The Matrix" mocked our Lord by telling the hero that he was "[His] own personal Jesus Christ." And slowly the movie built the Matrix as having the power and authority of God to create and provide for the people. And at the end of the show the central hero narrated a piece to promote anarchy: "No rules. No boundaries." A most sly movie......sly almost to invisibility about its position regarding the King of kings and Lord of lords, about His Authority, AND about our subservience to it.

Other issues about "The Matrix" paled in comparison with the above included tons and tons of gunfire and gun battles. Marble pylons were shattered by gunfire. Spent shells fell like hail from an attack helicopter. I doubt there was more than a total of 15 minutes of showtime in which guns were not used or visible. Also invading the rational mind were sci-fi distortion of human flesh, burrowing of a mechanical scorpion into a human through his navel, feeding on the lifeforce of human babies, and a whole lot more morally distorting programming. Rather than discussing them in this Executive Summary/commentary", please refer to the listing in "Findings/Scoring."

FINDINGS / SCORING: the Matrix (1999) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrence of each item described below may be present in the movie.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • talk of murdering
  • display and long sequences of use of firearms and threats with firearms
  • murder and attempted murder by gunfire
  • sci-fi distortion of human flesh
  • graphic parasitic invasion into a human body
  • surgical invasion of flesh
  • removal of impaled object
  • a baby farm growing babies to feed on their lifeforce
  • falls
  • long sequence of bloody fighting
  • graphic invasion of a human body by "mirror matter"
  • theft of personal property
  • exploding human preceded by rippling of his flesh

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 33 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • coaching to avoid fair authority
  • calling real that which is bizarre
  • lies

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sexual references and talk
  • offer of sexual favor
  • sexual dress
  • vulgar gesture
  • flash nudity
  • female anatomy ghosting through clothes

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • reference to illegal drug use
  • bar room with booze
  • drug consumption to manipulate personal performance
  • alcoholic beverage consumption
  • injection to control

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • Seven uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 5 without
  • "My own personal Jesus Christ"
  • tattoos (Lev. 19:28 "Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD."
  • levitation
  • mystic transcendental nonsense
  • prophesying the future
  • portrayal of the matrix as God
  • "Humans are a virus"
  • resurrection from the dead
  • stopping bullets with the mind
  • promotion of anarchy (no rules, no boundaries)
  • several references implying the central hero as being Moses or Jesus

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • at least 26 murders

    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the three/four letter word vocabulary is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication. As required of the Holy Scriptures, unless God's name is used with reverence to His glory and praise, its use is considered in vain, whether literal or euphemistic.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Presentation of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

    Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."

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