The Matrix (1999) — Though its award winning special effects are now common place, a Google search for “The Matrix spiritual message” generates 6.5 million results some 20 years after its release. Stunning action sequences combine with the heady sci-fi premise that humans live in a illusory world concocted by their machine overlords. These mental munchies provide a feast for spiritual nerds.
The Matrix vindicated spiritual seekers looking for mainstream discussion of spiritual themes such as the illusory nature of the world, the hidden truth available to those willing to undertake the effort to discover it, and this quest for truth as a fight which also requires an element of letting go. That all this was packaged into a film so visually hip, was icing on the cake. The spiritual search was definitely cool.
The continuing popularity of The Matrix is surely helped by the reams of elaborate gun play, martial arts battles, techno beats, and the sight of Carrie Ann Moss in black, skin-tight PVC. Yet, The Matrix spiritual message is the theme that still deeply resonates with film fans and gives the film a lasting appeal.
A couple of my favorite quotes from the film, both from Morpheus:
The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work… when you go to church… when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here because you know something. What you know you can’t explain, but you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life, that there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me.