As an extension of my post in the purpose of life thread and the money/happiness thread, the Matrix trilogy, as I see it (and this is one of the great things about it), deals with 3 key philosophical issues (overlapping, of course), in the 3 movies: -"The Matrix" is about Fate vs freewill (choice). -"The Matrix, Reloaded" is about choice vs causality. -"The Matrix, Revolutions" is about trust vs faith/belief and, of course, the triumph of choice. The humans win because none of the machines, with the possible exception of The Oracle understand the nature of Choice. Morpheous is, imo, the weakest of the principle humans because he puts so much emphasis on Fate. All of the other principles are at some point faced with pivotal choices and they sieze the choice instead of letting Fate make the choice for them. Neo's journey, of course, begins with a choice (red pill) and he realizes the power of his choice when he chooses to help Morpheous. Trinity doesn't quite get it yet, but believes in Neo, so she chooses to go with him. By the 2nd movie, she gets it completely, when she chooses to go back into the Matrix (and in the 3rd, as the scene in Merv's club shows). Cipher is weak and simple, but nevertheless makes a choice (ignorance is bliss). Zee and Link make choices (to fight and to honor their fallen siblings). Niobe chooses to trust in Neo. For the computer programs, only the Oracle really understands Choice. Persephone kinda does, but she's motivated by revenge and doesn't really use it. The Architect doesn't (or maybe he does, but its existence annoys him), but accepts it and made basically a functional workaround. Merv vastly underestimates the power of choice over causality twice (well, 3 times if you include with Persephone and his lipstick...), almost to his downfall. Smith is Neo's opposite and his complete lack of understanding of choice is what leads him to do the things he does - including his downfall. Smith equates humans with viruses (or better yet, cancer) in the first movie, but he is, in fact the cancer that spreads through the matrix. He's the result of an error or mutation in his programming, apparently created when Neo first destroyed him. The Indian family is tough. I think they are meant to illustrate how easy it is to confuse these issues (hopefully, not the opposite...). The man makes a choice, like Neo, motivated primarily by love. But while Neo actually feels love, to the Indian man, it is just a word in a dictionary that describes a condition. X+Y+Z=Love: Sati is his daughter, therefore he loves her.