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The Matrix (1999)

Scene 1: What is the Matrix?


The human generates more bio-electricity than 120-volt battery and over 25,000 BTUs of body heat. Combined with a form of fusion, the machines have found all the energy they would ever need. There are fields…endless fields, we’re human beings are no longer born. We are grown. For longest time, I wouldn’t believe it…and then I saw the fields with my own eyes. Watch them liquefy the dead, so they could be fed intravenously to the living. And standing there, facing the pure horrifying precision, I came to realize the obviousness of the truth. What is The Matrix? Control. The Matrix is a computer generated dream world, built to keep us under control in order to change a human being into this.

[Morpheus holds up a battery to Neo]

Scene 2: Neo Wakes Up

In this scene, human beings are batteries that provide energy for the machines, as well as for the Matrix.

Once Neo swallows the red pill—allowing him to wake up from the simulated world of the Matrix—he discovers that he is in a pod filled with red fluid with numerous cords attached to his body. Upon becoming aware of his actual condition—tied down and helpless within the pod—he  struggles to tear himself free and escape. However, because his muscles are atrophied, his effort have little effect.

The machines detect the disruption (they no longer receive his signal), and send a robot to investigate. Upon finding him awake, the robot disconnects Neo’s cords, and flush him down a waste-chute, presumably to drown. However, he is rescued by Morpheus and his crew.