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Penetrating the code base of a virtual body

by Critical Commons Manager

In this emotionally climactic scene from The Matrix Reloaded, Keanu Reeves plays Superman to Trinity's Lois Lane, rescuing her from falling off a building and then literally resurrecting her lifeless body by reaching into the code base of her virtual avatar in the Matrix. This sequence also pays perverse homage to Cronenberg's Videodrome in a highly aestheticized and, yes, eroticized image of code-based avatars expressing their undying love for each other through penetration of the torso. Unlike Cronenberg, however, in the Matrix, it is women's bodies whose code base is permeable and fluid.

What do Superman, Jesus Christ and Videodrome have in common?

This scene from The Matrix Reloaded pays homage to multiple cinematic superheroes and tropes of the body, death and resurrection

from The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Creator: The Wachowski Brothers
Posted by Critical Commons Manager