don't get me wrong, it was a very good, very interesting film...
Originally posted by blight2c
gosh stevey, i'm gonna have to disagree with you. the wachowski brothers have made some very good films that have more depth than you might think. the thing about sci-fi, the good ones at least, is they parable and highlight the ills of present time, bringing these ills to their extreme conclusions. logic is as important to the matrix as it was to shakespear: zip. everyone's crazy about the information age, computer this, tech that (i'll take my ip extra toasty please), but where it leads is to the omnipotence of flowing electrons--sounds bleak to me.
watch the movie again with the knowledge that the writers/directors are very good at using the visual image to carry their meaning (when neo is "birthed" into the real world, or the oracle's kitchen compared to the hovercraft's kitchen, or even the way the "real" people dress and manipulate objects compared to the "old" style phones and buildings in the "fake" world, and so on). there's a lot more there, don't sell the movie short.
as for the poster's q: the oracle/wiseman narative tool is an old one (back to homer/virgil); everything they say is a foreshadow of things to come.