The Matrix: Critical reality


The film “The Matrix” is one whose producers base on the issues of critical reality. Critical or representative reality such that most of the things seen are not the things that are actually happening in the real world (Boeree n.d). The importance of the movie matrix can be realized from the way it is relatable to the future reality. In this paper, the researcher aims to connect the movie “The Matrix” to the possible future reality (Baudrillard n.d).

About reality and unreal

There exists a distinction between the true reality and the unreal, though it is not easy establish it. The confusion arises because the two issues seem to be similar in all the aspects. They however diverge in terms of what they bear as content. According to “The Matrix, all the constituents of the world in the true reality while the unreal is just a subsection of the real world. Baudrillard narrows the down to Simulacra and Simulation to refer to the same. A simulacrum merely signifies and symbolizes culture that led to understanding of something (Baudrilla n.d). The matrix is a better representation of the simulated reality because what is perceived by everyone is actually an artificial simulation.

Dino argues that the unreal and the reality interact in a number of ways due to a number of factors they have in common. Reality emerges when fortunes conjecture the occurrence of things according to their actual existence. This is unlike the unreal, which rather imagine the actual appearance of something. Although the two differ on this context, they are trying to establish the same thing, which rather highlights a way of interaction between them. Unreal therefore appears to be part of the reality. Baudrilla, Jean’s ‘Simulacra, and Simulation’ is one article that “The Matrix” relies on and in which some forms of interactions between the real and the unreal can be estalbished. This way, it is easy to establish that unreal tends to create beliefs on the reality, which already exists for which reason there is some connection ( Jean.

The film highlights that the human beings are able to come up with a distinction between other states of unreal and reality only to a given extent. Still many people appear victims of confusion of the two making it a very a very difficult issue to evaluate among these people. However, one can realize that The Matrix puts it very clear in addition to referring to other article to enable such understanding. The movie bases on the reality and the unreal hence it boosts the ability of the people to be able to distinguish them.

Both reality and the unreal have their respective values to their extent. Understanding our reality reveals the reason for which do things hence justifying every action. For t his reason, it is important to consider realities regarding important issues at all times. Unreal is also valuable in that it helps us to develop the reality since it relies on it. However, it is important to value reality more since it entails actual things as compared to unreal, which is more of imaginations. Just like in the allegory of the cave, human beings are not enlightened because they have been orientated to think in a linear way (Plato n.d)

Jean Baudrillad as an author in his article writes about Simulacra and Simulation, which is just a way of presenting the same issue. Apart from Baudrillad, there is Plato who wrote about “The Allegory of The Cave” which is as well relevant to the issue in question. The views in all of the two articles are in correspondence to the movie in that they all perceive reality and the unreal to relate (Connolly n.d).


Reality and unreal are the most important issue that the movie, “The Matrix,” addresses. Apart from the movie, other writers tend to write to correspond as the others differ with what the film portrays. The film therefore has incorporated an issue that many people consider with a lot of concern, in which it has succeeded to present.

Works Cited

Bostrom, N., 2003, Are You Living in a Simulation? Philosophical Quarterly (2003), Vol. 53, No. 211, pp. 243-255.

Arvan, Marcus (2013). “A New Theory of Free Will”. Philosophical Forum (1 ed.) 44. doi:10.1111/phil.12000

Baudrillard, Jean. “The Divine Irreference of Images” and “The Hyperreal and The Imaginary” from “The Precession of Simulacra.” Simulacra and Simulation. 1981. Tr. Sheila Faria Glaser. Ann Arbor, Michigan: The University of Michigan Press, 1994. Print.

Baudrillard, Jean. “The China Syndrome” from “The Precession of Simulacra.” 1981. Simulacra and Simulation. Tr. Sheila Faria Glaser. Ann Arbor, Michigan: The University of Michigan Press, 1994. Print.

Felluga, Dino. “Modules on Baudrillard: On Simulation.” Introductory Guide to Critical Theory. Purdue Univ. 31 Jan. 2011. Web. 7 Jan. 2015

Mann, Doug. “Jean Baudrillard: A Very Short Introduction.” University of Western Ontario. 28 March 2012. Web. 7 Jan. 2015. http//

Plato. “The Allegory of The Cave.” Republic, VII, 514 a, 2 to 517 a, 7. Tr. Thomas Sheehan. Web. 7 Jan. 2015.

Material on Rationalism and Empiricism (including the idea of an “evil demon):

Boeree, C. George. “Epistemology.” Shippensburg University Psychology Dept. 1999. Web. 7 Jan. 2015.

Connolly, Patrick J. “John Locke.” Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. n.d. Web. 7 Jan. 2015.


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