As we have already examined that which the Matrix has influenced. Let us now examine that which the Wachi Bros may have watched or read (as children or as adults) which influenced their writing of the matrix.
Let's see what comes up.
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actually, Numo, and i woulda thought you knew this, I, Robot was a book written by Isaac Asimov way before the Matrix was conceived.
as for things which influenced the Matrix, they are too numerous to list, but i will list a few as a helpful point.
"Ghost in the Shell" and other similar anime
"Simulacra and Simulation" and the other two books Keanu Reeves had to read before looking at the original script
"Mona Lisa Overdrive" (not the music in the movie, but the book) and William Gibson in general
Dear lord, he wants to know what influenced the Matrix, its sequels and the Animatrix??? Probably everything known to mankind... just a guess.
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Before the threat of legal action arose even the Wachowskis admitted that The Invisibles was a huge influence. Then they realized they could get sued and began to deny it... finally settling out of court.
The Invisibles is about a group of reality/time jumping "shamanistic heroes" that seek to wake up the world from the strange "unreality" it's been subjected to by the insectiod gods that live in a reality that overlays our own.
In case you still have any doubt - the cast list for the Invisibles: See if it sounds familier...
Jack Frost: The new "special recruit" to the group, a young man living his normal mundane life unaware of the true unidimensional fight swirling around him on another plane of reality.
King Mob: tall shaven headed sunglasses wearing "leader" of the resistance who spouts from the gnostic gospels.
Boy: A slightly masculine female (called boy!) - the kickass fighter of the group who helps train Jack Frost for his "new" role in The Invisibles and ends up his lover...
The bad - guys: The Myrmidons: The agents in the matrix are clearly derived from these characters, and specifically Mr Gelt is so much Agent Smith is not even amusing.
I'd suggest that anyone who is a fan of the matrix go out and read the invisibles, but a word of warning: if you found the matrix hard to follow in places - dont bother, because the invisibles is what the matrix wants to be when it grows up - and you will not have a CLUE whats going on.
A number of people have discussed the influence of Gibson novels. Although many people point out that he originated the term "jack-in" and was one of the first writers to focus on the virtual worlds ("consensual hallucinations") created by groups of people connected to computers, I think that it is worth pointing out that it is the style of Gibson novels that is a particularly important influence -- Gibson is said to the the originator of "cyberpunk". As part of this stylistic influence, one can say that Trinity is a direct descendant of Gibson's Molly in Neuromancer (Gibson's first book, published in 1984).
Having said this, I don't know anything about the possibility that Gibson himself was influenced but earlier "cutting-edge" comics -- can someone out there who knows comics say whether Gibson's style come from earlier trends in comic books??
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Don forget to add the spiritual text upanishads which influenced matrix movies. the directors hinted this source by chanting the lyrics during smith and neo's last fight and also nine chants which gives the hidden meanings of enntire matrix movies. It is then interesting to know about matrix in that light which will answer all the question we discuss here. I agree to all the literature you guys quote here. But that was used to sketch the story characters. But the theme of matrix is upanishads which is the only literature which the directors openly revealed in the movies, which no one can deny. if that was not the case the lyrics would not have been used.
visit these two sites which gives proof for what i wrote above. It is the interview of don davis, the composer of matrix movies.