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Terminator 2 vs the Matrix

The movies Terminator 2 and The Matrix both present separate views of a scientific reality. The idea that in the future our lives could be controlled by machines and not vice versa is readily embraced by both movies, which communicate this idea in different ways. The movie Terminator 2 embraces typical sci-fi topics such as time travel and robotics whilst The Matrix derives its meanings through concepts such as virtual reality. Through these separate entities, the viewer is able to open his or her mind to possibilities that were previously ‘unsung’ before witnessing these movies. In our society, the importance lies in the present and not the future. These films attempt to bridge the gap between the separate ‘realms’ of time and bring the future to the viewer. While both movies muster different meanings, both deal with a single issue, being the uncertainty of the future. The uncertainty of the future is a thought, which crosses the minds of most people during a lifetime. The directors of The Matrix and Terminator 2 both depict their values and attitudes on the subject through the plots of the film. It can be stated that James Cameron, director of Terminator 2, has a different vision of the future than the directors of The Matrix. Due to the complexly different plot lines and stories, it can be said that different people have different beliefs and as such, different expectations. This brings us back to the issue at hand, the uncertainty of the future. The fact that both films intertextually relate to one another further builds upon the issue of the uncertainty of the future.’ To be more specific, The Matrix intertextually relates to Terminator 2 because of the theme that ‘technology has the power to rule over humans’ and vice versa. Particularly in the movie Terminator 2, the viewer is subject to the theme of ‘machines becoming dominant over humans.’ The fact that the man-made machine or terminator (played by Arnold ...

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