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The Matrix, a 1999 film written and directed by the Wachowski Brothers, depicts a dystopian future in which humans have been subjugated by machines only to have their biological energy harnessed in order to fuel the mechanized new world order. Humans are maintained by artificial means in large storage facilities containing specially created pods designed to provide sustenance for the biological fuel cells. Truly independent thought and action are replaced with a computerized, neural interactive artificial reality in which humans are under constant surveillance by their machine custodians. Themes of the film revolve around the concepts of free will and surveillance as humans are unable to escape the ever-watchful eye of their machine guardians.

The film’s protagonist, Thomas Anderson, or Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, ...

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