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Matrix: Reloaded, Video Piracy and Slavery

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In less than 17 hours I and my wife will be watching the much awaited second installment in the Wachowski Brother's dark, three-part treatise on society's relentless grind towards dehumanization and the inevitability with which the human spirit will rebel against emasculation.

What is astonishing is that I will be able to see this more than 13 hours ahead of the folks who live in the Wachowskis' old stomping grounds, Chicago, Illinois. 13 hours is right about how far ahead we are, as the world turns, in terms of time.

That international and US release dates have become separated by mere days or hours (if at all), is a response to the tragedy of international video piracy. A bootleg can be up on the internet very quickly, or more typically coded to master and massively recopied in VCD and DVD format within a day of obtaining a working original or bootleg.

It seems strange, that the very region that is the source of so much video piracy should be rewarded with first dibs on the cinematic experience of this film.

I do realize that this region, and others like it outside the US are precisely where the studios lose the most money. Hence the need to compete with bootlegs directly, via the superior cinematic experience.

We'll be driving through 90 degree heat and 90% rel. humidity, walking for a bit through the same mugginess, and then sitting in a theatre notoriously cold enough to freeze my testicles off, for the sake of seeing this film early. Gratuitious fight scenes and other eye-candy aside, we're both very interested in what the Wachowskis really have to say.

I am both an anarchist and a humanist at heart, because I feel humanity is ever more enslaved to the ones in power. This film trilogy seems deliciously subversive --by it, one of the most potent drugs that are used to keep us drones compliant and distracted is now the very platform for revealing our chains to us.
Or is it? The height of perversion would be for a true testament to be the means of our continued delirium and complacency.

Are we truly free?
Or, are we merely distracted by the expensive, tiring pursuit of things we are told will define our worth, all the while filling the coffers of those in control, as we crave their falsehoods?

'Message' aside, this trilogy looks to be one heck of a fun ride.

Be a Drone.
Go see a Movie.

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interesting that people would so happly give up there time and money to see vivdly portrayed in stunneing color what expresses bitterness of our lives, i think this movie puts those two brothers in the false club

cant wait to see it

how about this for an ending

the humans orginal escaped from the matrix and begun to battle the machines and eventualy lost but managed to code in the next part of the matrix where zion exists in the hopes that other humans would escape and keep up the fight hence the reason why the machines put in the agents to try and prevent this.

but this really doesnt go along with the message how about this,

the humans escaped battled and defeated the machines takeing back earth, finding that unplugging all the humans would lead to deaths they left them plugged in and coded in what there orginal experince was creating the matrix that includfes zion in the hopes that other humans would awaken from the matrix and learn grow and then be able to leave the matrix all togther, some time passes and the orginal humans that escaped found that the avaiable power source provided by the humans in the matrix was too good to pass up and now have no desire for anyone to leave the matrix hence they created the agents to try to stop people from getting out the ultimate in slavery

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