The Matrix: Resurrections
A city park. Pleasant. Skyscrapers in the background. Two red sofas are placed on the grass, and angling towards them, a very large flat-screen TV. Neo and Trinity are dozing on one sofa, his arm around her, her head on his shoulder. They are dressed neither in their dramtic Matix clothes nor grungy Zion ones. They look more like a suburban couple on a lazy Saturday. Sitting opposite is The Scientist, a bookish, middle-aged man with the typical unstylish clothes of a librarian or college professor.
Neo and Trinity start to wake up, a little dazed. They look into each other’s eyes and smile. (Note to Mr Reeves: this will involve moving your facial muscles to indicate emotion. I don’t know; go home and practise. Or maybe the studio can get you a coach.)
They see The Scientist.
I have good news and I have bad news.
(Neither of them reply.)
The good news is that the two of you can be together.
Neo and Trinity smile at each other again.
The bad news is that you’re both dead.
Yes. You both died in the final campaign to bring the war to an end. You remember?
The TV silently shows scenes from the end of Matrix Revolutions.
The truce is still holding, by the way. Your friends are rebuilding Zion, and the machines, my side, have withdrawn.
You’re a Program?
Correct. I was created to undertake a research project, and was given human-like intuition and analytical and creative skills. But I’m a software program. As are the two of you now. I made you.
Easy to say.
The two of you spent the first part of your lives permanently connected to the Matrix, and after that were jacked in often enough. I had access to a complete database, of every thought, memory, emotion, feeling that you ever had. I had to improvise a little for the last few hours of your lives, but it was good work. I’m pleased with it.
So you’re saying that I’m not who I think I am, I’m a copy?
Yes, but not a cheap copy. It’s taking a huge amount of computing power to simulate the two of you. Much more than needed for me, for example. But it’s essential for my project. Investigating the nature of reality, you might say. Trinity, when you and Morpheus undertook missions into the Matrix, you did some impossible things.
The TV screen shows Trinity in the office lobby gunfight scene from the Matrix, running up the walls etc.
You used the power of your minds to affect the programming of the Matrix, to bend the rules, the way it simulated gravity, time and space. Neo, you did that too in the beginning, until you discovered that you could do more than bend the rules. You tore up the rulebook and tossed it away.
The screen shows Neo “doing his Superman thing”.
Then, in your final battle, you did this:
The screen shows Neo bringing Sentinels crashing down with the power of his mind.
You altered reality by changing the programming, not in the Matrix, but in the world of Zion and the Machines. Which proves…
That it’s a simulation.
Exactly. The Matrix is a simulation running on computers in what you thought was the “real” world. But if that is a simulation itself, then logically, there must be a deeper, more real world where computers generate that simulation. To be systematic, I’m calling the Matrix world “Reality Zero” and the Zion world “Reality One”. I hope to discover the nature of “Reality Two”. And…
Three? Four? Five?
And where do we come in? If we’re really Programs, we can only exist physically here in the Matrix.
(She tosses her head to indicate the scene around.)
How can we have anything to do with your “Reality One” any more, never mind anything… deeper?
Well, technically, possibly, there are options. Agent Smith was somehow able to download his intellect onto a human mind in Zion. I haven’t worked out yet how that was done, but it’s got to be another example of reprogramming Reality One. Of course it would be unethical to take possession of another person, but I don’t know, maybe we could get them to grow you a couple of blank, clone bodies or something.
The only reason you could have for resurrecting us — me — is that you think that even as a copy, I’ll still have the power to affect the Matrix?
His face goes blank for a moment as he reaches out with his mind. (Note to Mr Reeves: you should find that easy.)
Neo and Trinity stand up and look at each other in silent communication. Then they both soar into the sky like Superman and Lois Lane.