ByMarcus Landrau, writer at
Marcus Landrau


So...if you haven't guessed yet, this is a topic that's been bugging me for a while.

Ever since the Nostalgia Critic uploaded his review of the first Matrix movie (Along with the remaining two from the trilogy and an editorial of the Animatrix later on), something he said has been bothering me.

He called the very concept of the Matrix a plot hole.

If you'd like to see the review in its entirety, be sure to click here.

Now, some of you might be inclined to agree. But allow me to attempt at persuading you of the other possibility: It's a gray area, left up to interpretation of the fans.

For those who don't know, a gray area is pretty much the middle ground when it comes to making opinions. When things cannot be seen as clearly black or white, there is only a gray area left, where people can make up what they think could have happened for "this or that particular reason".

You might be wondering why I think that way. Well, it's simple, to be honest.

With the way I see things, there's just too much we don't know about the Matrix. The mystery behind it all is perfect because it's possible for anything to have happened that would lead to this very concept. In fact, I believe the writers of the movie at first wanted the origins of the concept to remain open-ended, to promote critical thinking and theorizing.

But once the first movie turned into a trilogy...well, let's just say that things didn't go so well.

So why do some people call it a plot hole? You can't just say, "We don't know enough, therefore it's a plot hole." It doesn't work that way.

I get that people will say that calling it a plot hole is their way of interpreting it. But here's what I say to that: that's stupid.

I mean, look at the Animatrix. One of the shorts that you see is one interpretation of how the concept of the Matrix came to be. How can you call the Matrix a plot hole so easily when clearly there's SO much hidden potential in determining your own version of how the concept came to be?

Heck, the Nostalgia Critic himself came up with a theory about why there are so many plot holes in the first two movies when he finished reviewing Matrix: Reloaded. He said that the supposed "real life" that everybody was in was actually just another Matrix, thus justifying all the known plot holes that were known. And considering that the concept of the Matrix played upon the idea of whether or not something is actually real or not, why couldn't it be that?

And if he came up with that just after reviewing Reloaded, then why couldn't it also apply to just the first movie on its own? Gray area, remember? It clearly can.

To wrap things up, I'll say this:

When there's so much mystery and hidden potential to a concept like the Matrix, don't just take the easy way out and call it a plot hole. Put some effort into making your own story of what happened. Take what you're capable of finding in the movie, find out what you can theorize about from the things that were vague and not so clear, and see what you come up with.

Clearly, the concept of the Matrix is meant to be left open-ended. And what the Animatrix did is only one of the many interpretations that are out there. Heck, find out what other people came up with, and see what you can figure out that they couldn't. The amount of hidden potential for the concept of the Matrix alone is...well, it's most likely incalculable.

Even I can come up with my own take on the origin story, but I won't as I'm not the best at telling stories. But that doesn't mean I'm a hypocrite or anything, as I'm the one saying that the concept has been left to be open to interpretation.

So don't just be lazy and make the excuse that it's a plot hole. Make your own story about it, and share it with the world.

Phew. Glad I got through with that. That was more difficult to write than I thought.

Anyway, for those that were wondering, this article was focused mainly on the first movie, as that's where the concept was called out to be a plot hole by the Nostalgia Critic. And I'd been meaning to express my opinion about this for a while.

What do you guys think? Do you agree with me? If not, explain why in the comments section below, as it helps me to understand what some of you are thinking.

Also, I think it's time for my first actual poll:


Should I do more Quicks Posts for lesser topics in the future?

Thank you all for giving this article a read, and I'll catch you all later! Peace. Out! ;)


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