Forgotten video game reveals Neo’s biggest fight
How far does the rabbit hole go? The reveal of the first trailer for Matrix resurrections sent fans scouring the old Matrix media for potential clues. One of the best places to look is 2003 Enter the matrix video game, which holds essential keys to understanding the franchise and can even explain a central theme of the upcoming film.
Directed by the Wachowskis and released on PS2, Xbox and GameCube, Enter the matrix was part of an ambitious cross-media blitz to mark the consecutive theatrical releases of The Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions. The game stars Niobe (Jada Pinkett Smith) as captain of the Logos, the fastest ship in Zion’s fleet, and his enlightened right-hand man Ghost (Anthony Wong), a sage-like philosophy student portrayed by the Wachowskis themselves as a “killer Buddhist ascetic.”
The two Enter the matrix and Ghost occupy an unusual – and critically neglected – place in the series ‘canon, tasked with articulating one of the series’ core philosophical themes about the nature of reality. For this reason, looking back Enter the matrix could give us meaty clues as to what to expect from Neo’s storyline in Matrix resurrections. Let’s dive in.
The first level opens with Ghost checking his weapons in the build, which Niobe despairs, reminding him that there is no way the guns could have been loaded without ammo.
Ghost responds, “Hume teaches us, no matter how many times you drop a stone and it falls to the ground, you never know what will happen the next time you drop it. It could float up to the ceiling. Past experience can never prove the future.
With this bizarre response, Ghost reiterates a principle of classic philosophy at the heart of the franchise’s concept of simulation theory. If the intellectual mind is ready to believe that the opposite of a rational and causal result could occur, it will be able to accept the existence of the Matrix. Perhaps more importantly, it will be understood that experience and sensory information are not foolproof methods of proving what is true. Nothing is.
This base of classical philosophy is crucial for the films, although few of it made it to the final scripts. The Wachowskis insisted that Keanu Reeves read several books on contemporary philosophy and evolutionary psychology before going on set, to make sure he had a frame of reference for the fundamental thought and the subtext behind them. movies. Most of that substantive context has never been incorporated into Neo’s dialogue, but Ghost’s direct citation of philosophical references allows him to function as a sort of appendage to the lore of the series.
Ghost expands on this thinking further later in the game with Trinity, as the couple discuss their illogical faith in Neo.
“Kierkegaard reminds us that belief has nothing to do with the how or the why,” says Ghost. “Belief is beyond reason. I believe because it’s absurd. Faith, by its very nature, must transcend logic.
Here, Ghost continues his denunciation of logic and sensory experience as methods of defining truth by instead identifying an underlying human dependence on faith in the absurd. He values faith over reason for the purpose of defining truth in an illogical world, suggesting that he believes truth to be a very fragile and subjective thing.
These are all Matrix jokes, but Ghost’s best line comes when he visits the Oracle towards the end of the game.
Love of fate
After the Oracle reminds him that Trinity, the love of his life, will never love him except platonically, Ghost says that knowledge frees him from waiting, replacing the hope of a dream with an unhappy truth, that he really seems to prefer.
“Nietzsche said it best,” he explains. “You shouldn’t want anything different – neither forward nor backward, not from all eternity. Not only to endure what is needed, but to love it.
“Amor Fati,” replies the Oracle.
With it, Ghost embraces one of the most difficult philosophical tenets: making peace with tragedy and enjoying sadness and loss as equally precious aspects of existence. Amor Fati means finding a goal and accomplishment in a hideous struggle, like a speedrunner playing Enter the matrix in difficult difficulty.
The Oracle clearly approves of Ghost’s response and mentions that she sincerely hopes that people like him will survive the war to rebuild the world after the path of the One ends.
Thanks to the online role-playing tradition of 2005 The online matrix, we know that’s what happened before the last movie in the series, Matrix resurrections. Ghost is very much alive at the time, and Jada Pinkett Smith will reprise her role as Niobe for the fourth film.
What this means for Resurrections
As we all know now, Matrix resurrections follows The One’s sixth incarnation, Neo / Thomas Anderson, as can be seen reconnected in Machine City in a trailer setting with the burnt-eyed eyes it entered Revolutions. By the end of the trilogy, Neo was a man who had no working eyes, had lost the love of his life, and had seen Zion devastated by the end of the Machine Wars.
While we can’t tell yet, Neo may have requested to be plugged back in and cleared the memory, as Cypher wanted in the first movie. This position is what we might call “amor fictus”, a love of what is not real; the choice of the blue pill.
That would explain Neo’s pleasant and luxurious life in California that we see in the trailer. Rotting comfortably in dreamland, he is freed from the pain of truth and the pain of truly living.
This is where he meets Trinity. Given the level of influence the film offers to The online matrix, we can assume that this is quite a different Trinity than the one fans remember. The online play reveals that Trinity has become a biological interface program. Yes, she is still physically dead in the real world, but she is able to enter the Matrix beyond death due to the synchronization of her DNA with machine code, like Neo’s, by design. the Oracle.
Since Trinity remains dead outside the Matrix, Resurrections can approach Neo’s struggle to come to terms with the real world without her, as Ghost did. Assuming Anthony Wong reprise his role, maybe he’s the one who will express that feeling for Neo and help him move forward.
Regardless of whether Neo is alive and consensual Resurrections, Amor Fati remains a key concept in the Matrix franchise. This represents the ultimate and almost impossible goal of choosing the red pill: to embrace the ugly truth. Not out of simple curiosity or disinterest in the status quo, but because you’ve grown to love the grotesques of existence.
Matrix resurrections hits theaters and on HBO Max on December 22, 2021.