Back in 1999 when The Matrix was released, neither Lilly nor Lana Wachowski had revealed that they were transgender and were still living their public lives as men. However, a new video has been released suggesting that even if no one knew they were trans, The Matrix is an extended metaphor for coming out as trans.
It’s a more coherent theory than you might think, such as the red and blue pills representing a choice between accepting reality or living a false life. There’s also the fact that Neo is literally reborn once he comes to understand his true self, and that Neo is a name he chooses for himself, but authority figures insist on calling him ‘Mr. Anderson’, a name he had shed.
Youtube critic Film Runner also draws parallels between a scene near the end of the movie where Neo narrowly escapes from being run over by a train, with Lana saying she has once tried to kill herself in front of a train before she began living outwardly as a woman.
It’s certainly a video that’s worth a look. You can watch it below. [Read more…]