Much has been written about Larry and Andy Wachowski's film The Matrix and on practically every angle: from philosophical precedents to the realities of artificial intelligence. Religious scholars, too, have thrown their hats into the academic ring, expounding on the Gnostic, Buddhist and Christian aspects found therein. But as many have discovered, the Wachowski brothers are syncretists, pulling bits from here and there and then mixing it all together in a science fiction-martial arts stew. They do this so thoroughly that when one tries to impose a singular religious paradigm on top of the film(s), slotting in the characters one-by-one, it seems to work only until put back within the context of the film(s). It is then when everything begins to unravel. Even though scholars have done it time and time again employing one religious worldview to understand The Matrix and The Matrix: Reloaded simply does not work. It's almost too simplistic a method for a film this complex. And this paper will demonstrate why.
Fielding, Julien R.
"Reassessing The Matrix/Reloaded,"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 7
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol7/iss2/6