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The Matrix Analysis: Themes of Capitalist Oppression

The Who & The What #002

The Matrix Analysis: Themes of Capitalist Oppression

Watch this The Matrix analysis in my deep-dive video essay, which explores the screenplay’s character development in relation to themes of capitalist oppression.

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The Matrix, directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski, has been widely recognised as a thought-provoking critique of capitalist oppression.

The film delves into complex ideas about dehumanisation, exploitation, and power dynamics, presenting a compelling narrative that challenges the inherent flaws of a capitalist system.

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The story engages in discussions about the state of late capitalism at the end of the twentieth century whilst its protagonist, Neo, undergoes a journey of self-discovery, transforming from a passive individual to an active agent of change. 

Through Neo’s struggle and growth, the film communicates the effects of capitalist oppression on the individual. It explores how one can seek truth in a world of deception and lift the veil to break away from a controlled existence.

The story also raises questions about the commodification of human labour, the loss of individuality in a hyper-technological world, and the consequences of unchecked consumerism

The screenplay uses a vast range of visual storytelling to highlight the dehumanising effects of capitalism, all of which are uncovered in the above video essay.

The Matrix Analysis Morpheus Neo

The video essay above is a must-watch if you want to see The Matrix analysis from a professional screenplay consultant.

Learn how the story’s theme is interwoven through the primary characters and gain a deeper understanding of the screenwriting craft. 

Also, to check out the rest of my video essay series, click the button below.

Nick Fore Script Doctor / Script Consultant

Nick Fore is an experienced script consultant who reads screenplays for the British Film Institute.


He has written comprehensive coverage on over 1,000 scripts and has helped screenwriters get their work into development with production companies such as Imagine Entertainment and Screen Ireland. 

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