Devotees of the Matrix may have marvelled at the state-of-art fight sequences, and the now legendary car chase, or perhaps the philosophical conundrums that are dispersed throughout the film. But how many moviegoers will have noticed that in this film portrayal of the future, the last vestiges of humanity is quintessentially Black. It is true that our action hero Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, is white, although in truth he is half Chinese. It is also true that the head of Zion's council is also white but the society in which they live - the last free human city on earth - is overwhelmingly Black.
The Matrix Reloaded , the second film in a trilogy by the Wachowski brothers, contains many subtextual themes, one of which is control. The systems of control described by the lead character Neo bear a striking similarity towards attitudes regarding slavery in previous centuries. If he so chose, he could take the life of a slave without justification. According to Neo, that was control in its most essential form. This is the same kind of control that Hollywood now holds over the representation of blackness in film.