Like a Splinter in Your Mind: The Philosophy Behind the Matrix Trilogy by Matt Lawrence
Cover concept by Lorenzo Princi, 2nd May 2015

Like a Splinter in Your Mind: The Philosophy Behind the Matrix Trilogy

Author: Matt Lawrence

Reviewed by Lorenzo Princi

Using the Matrix trilogy as a means to delve into the philosophical concepts of self and reality, Matt Lawrence has written an enjoyable, accessible and educational piece of mind-opening reference. The book examines philosophical ideas such as Plato’s Cave, central to the Matrix premise and René Descartes’ famous, “I think therefore I am” among many others by referencing examples in the pop culture hit which went far beyond an sci-fi adventure action flick.

Lawrence doesn't stop at explaining the philosophical idea however but also mirrors his examinations by focusing on the film’s take on various social commentaries including the reliance on technology, human rights, sexuality and equality in relation to those philosophies.

This is a great read and surprisingly accessible despite the heavy subject matter. It gave me a better understanding of the films as well as general philosophical teachings. Ultimately however, Lawrence does not intend to answer all the questions, but much like the Watchowskis themselves, remind us of the importance of asking questions.

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