In the 1950s, Vladimir Nabokov asserted, not entirely jokingly, that “reality” is a word that should have only quotes around it.
Modern technology has allowed thinkers to better understand the nature of quotes. “A Glitch in the Matrix” directed by Rodney Ascher – who also made “Room 237,” a 2013 film that gives some Stanley Kubrick enthusiasts a foundation for the theory of “The Shining”; a lot of people seem to have too much time – explore the notion that we all live in a computer simulation.
The highlight of this documentary is a lecture given by writer Philip K. Dick in France in the 1970s. Dick is a genuine artist, and has also lived with mental illness; His painful “revelations” about the nature of his reality are touching to hear. Less rewards are the self-guaranteed cyber-bromides offered by SpaceX’s billionaire CEO Elon Musk, who acts as a tech guy in the dorm room. The film also explores how this idea has been expressed in popular culture, barely limited to the “Matrix” franchise.
But “A Glitch” just delved into the complex logic attached to this speculation. We have introduced the 101st Firm Philosophy Plato and Descartes as its pioneers. There is an interview with the contemporary philosopher Nick Bostrom, but nothing about his important precursor WV Quine or Alfred North Whitehead.
These ideas have consequences, and today, they are sometimes very dire. Throughout the movie, Ascher talks about a phone interview with a man who believes the world depicted in “The Matrix” is real. This belief caused him to kill his parents. The director edits the document so that, if the viewer doesn’t know who the individual is, the end of the account serves as a suspenseful “disclosure” story. It is exploitation and opportunity. But by no means is typical of the film’s smooth sensory overload, which doesn’t hide its basic approach.
A glitch in the matrix
Not rated. Running time: 1 hour 48 minutes. In theaters and available to rent or buy on Amazon, FandangoNow and other streaming platforms and pay TV operators. Please refer to the instructions given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before watching the movie in theaters.