METRO PLUS

Welcome to the real world

KARTHIK SUBRAMANIAM and SUDHISH KAMATH hack into the Matrix and reach out to some of its gritty survivors in Chennai

SHAKESPEARE SAID: All the world's a stage.

The Wachowski Brothers sort of agree: Yeah, it's actually a Matrix.

A dream world like programme.

Yeah, it's actually a movie.

Wake up, Neo...

The Matrix has you...

Follow the white rabbit... (what do you mean?)

Knock... Knock...

If you are a Matrix fan, wake up. Welcome to the real world.

The Matrix Revolutions just proved it. The truth is out there... (what truth?) That you are a slave. You probably are among the millions around the world captured by The Matrix, and reduced to batteries that charge its box-office collections.

Yes, you are enslaved — you, the Matrix fan, who came back promptly to watch The Matrix Revolutions, excited after Reloaded recharged your faith. Maybe you caught it during the Zero Hour premiere at Sathyam theatre and took home the trophy — the certificate distributed to commemorate the "historical event".

You, the one who celebrated the ending of the trilogy like you would welcome a superstar movie — with the whistles and the confetti! (Random thought: Our good old Baba does almost the same things that Neo does or is it the other way round? The second coming of the messiah?)

You, the one who had the movie running to houseful shows for a week, and ensured that the movie put up a great show of resistance, considering there were Diwali releases just a fortnight old. (Random trivia: Matrix Reloaded, however, did better business in this city.)

This is a tribute to the city's Matrix fans — who believed in the movie. Their hero. Much has been written about the Matrix trilogy — very little by those who understand it, however. Understanding The Matrix is like falling in love. You know it. You believe in it. You understand that you are `the one' the movie is reaching out to — `the one' who believes there's something wrong with our world — `the one' who is looking for answers. The Matrix doesn't have all the answers, but it sure raises the questions. (More random trivia: Go to Matrix-Explained.com)

Welcome to the real world

From IITians to philosophers, from film students to popcorn munchers, from the cool to the uncool, everybody who has been curious by nature, in this city, has been to or seen The Matrix — at least one from the trilogy — on the big screen or on TV. Almost everybody in the city has heard of it. From `Enter the Matrix' pirated game sellers in Ritchie Street to retail shops in Aminjikarai selling `Matrix' incense sticks to the bookstores selling original Matrix merchandise.

(Random quote — actor Jeevan who first saw The Matrix at Galaxy, Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles: "I loved the first part. It's a masterpiece. The second wasn't that good. Yes, there are people in India who would want to see it because it would make them look cool... but, not in the U.S... I remember going for Star Wars Phantom Menace at the Manns Chinese Theatre, also at the Hollywood Boulevard. Even 20 days before the movie released, people from all over the world... Japan...Korea... used to put up tents outside waiting for tickets. I still have my tickets!")

Matrix has grown out of being just another sci-fi movie to probably one of the most discussed movies in recent times. One just needs to ask any of the die-hard Matrix fans who log on to the Internet and spend endless hours discussing the movie, in the process, analysing it in many ways - "the Hindu philosophy and the Matrix" is the latest offshoot of discussions following the heavy Indian influence in Matrix Revolutions, which had a rock version of Vedic chanting in its end credits. (Die-hard Matrix fan Madhusudan Kaushik, software professional says: "Matrix is an extrapolation of Hindu philosophy because it has a definite reference to Maya (illusion) and the state of reality. Machines are equated with gods and the Matrix is just an illusion created to fool human minds. There has been talk of Christian and other religious references to the trilogy but definitely the last episode is full of Hindu references.")

`Everything that has a beginning has an end' was the line Matrix Revolutions came up with. What it didn't say was — the end of something is the beginning of another.

The wait has started — for the real DVDs to hit the stalls for one simple reason — the Matrix is a well-constructed puzzle. Unless you watch the three together, you for sure will not see the big picture.

(Another random quote — Cary Edwards, VJ, Southern Spice: "If you sat down and watched the three DVDs back-to-back, it would be brilliant. Because of the three-year gap between the first one and the second one and a four-month gap between the second and the third, what we didn't get in the theatre was the perfect flow of things. There are small little things that get forgotten over a period of time... If you saw them separately, you would love the first part, survive the second part in spite of its 64 bit graphics and manage to like the third... Otherwise, it's phenomenal.")

Whichever way you see it, The Matrix has you....

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