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Movie Reviews: The Matrix – by Tom Flynn, PhD.c

Wake Up Neo!

One of my favorite recent films is still The Matrix. The film interweaves much symbolism, mythology, philosophy, and psychology. On the surface, the movie challenges the dominance of technology in our culture and predicts an apocalyptic result from the use of artificial intelligence. Yet, behind the human struggle for survival is a mythical backdrop upon which are backlit some of C.G. Jung’s basic ideas regarding the human psyche. These Jungian ideas include the ego-Self relationship and how it relates to the persona, the shadow, individuation, and the transcendent function. This article illustrates these Jungian themes set within the context of the film’s scenes, plot, and dialogue. For those of you who might not have seen the film or need a refresher, I will briefly synopsize the movie.