• Gareth Crook

A Glitch in the Matrix (2021) - 2/10

Updated: Apr 25

Are we really alive? Is the world real, or are we just batteries for the robots that are controlling our simulated fantasy world? I’ll save you the bother of wondering, the answer is no, but some here are keen to at least ask the question. There’s no definitive proof of course, just lots of “well how do we know”. This is at the geeky fringe of sci fi hypothesis. Citing everything from Philip K. Dick to Elon Musk. I like both these guys, both are genius’ in their own right, but you have to draw a line. I’ll admit it’s fun to speculate and where this sticks closer to the philosophical concepts and debates it’s all the stronger. It’s harder to connect with Paul Gude, Alex Levene and a host of other talking heads, who are shown as digital AR avatars. Seriously bonkers avatars, from lions, to suspended brains, to god knows what! I’ve no clue what the purpose of this is or who these people are or what they’re hiding from. They seem like people who just don’t like the real world or its constraints and would rather imagine something different, anything different. Wrapped up in the simulation theory stuff, we get ‘Why are we here?’, What’s the meaning of life?’ and a few half baked religious inflections. They want to believe, desperately so. It’s a messy edit. I don’t know whether it’s intentional to try and mask the holes and patch the vagueness of the arguments being made. Half of which feel like someone explaining the dream they had last night and what they think it means. Sometimes with sad and devastating consequences. If you want to dive into the rabbit hole of simulation theory, I’ve no doubt there’s tons of content out there to devour. Don’t start with this though, avoid this in fact. It’s utter crap. It’s amusing crap though, like watching viral videos of stupid people saying stupid things, but ironically it doesn’t do simulation theory any favours. Instead of offering any credence it just pedals conspiracies. I don’t think I’ve heard the word ‘Maybe’ this many times in a 2 hour window. Absolute drivel.


2/10