Through the hacking activity, Neo, Anderson’s hacking alias makes acquaintance of Morpheus who told him that none of the things he knew is real. Everything and everyone is a victim of “The Matrix”, an artificial intelligence system that uses their brains and bodies for energy while creating an illusion of a real world. Morpheus and his team are looking for “The One” whom they believe is Neo.
The Matrix is where the people exist in the movie. It is a computer-generated dream world, a false reality that is created for humans to hide the truth. The truth according to Morpheus is that the humans are enslaved by the artificial intelligence to provide them the energy like a battery. In the Matrix, Neo worked in Metacortex, a leading software company and worked as a hacker at the same time where he made acquaintance of Morpheus.
However, Zizek (2002) described the Matrix as the “Lacanian “big Other”, the virtual symbolic order, the network that structures reality for us.” This “big Other” is the name for the social Substance, for all that on account of which the subject never fully dominates the effects of his acts, on account of which the final outcome of his activity is always something other than what he aimed at or anticipated (Zizek 244). The “big Other” in the movie is the existing Mega-Computer which controls the Matrix and that there has to be an existence of the Matrix to illustrate that there are things that seems to be out of place, opportunities that are missed and things go wrong (Zizek 245). According to Zizek (2002), there this no ultimate reality, instead, there are infinite series of virtual realities, another Matrix after the Matrix.
According to Zizek (2002), this “big Other” also stands for the “field of common sense at which one can arrive after free deliberation; philosophically, its last great version of Habermas’ communicative community with its regulative ideal of agreement.” This idea of “big