OK.. I was too lazy to read through the rest, so this is my complete and full version on the matrix. The matrix is inside a matrix, keeping the people subdued, and the point is choice becuase he has the choice to shut the machines down if he wanted to, thus restarting the matrix (flashback of the .. umm.. chancellor ( ? ) and neo talking about choice) .... but no matter what he decides, it doesn't matter. The machines are just keeping a leash on alll humans by making them think that there's a threat to their society (which there isn't). THAT is why zion is always destroyed, because once the simulation is over, they have to start anew. Anyone see the animatrix? see the one called World Record? What if they brainwashed every human every cycle of the matrix? I mean, that's how they restart, right? How else would they have people who are so pacified and know nothing about being implanted into the matrix? But see, I think this cycle is different, because the machines found an anomaly - neo. He actually IS the one, because he was able to discern that he could stop the sentinels in the "1st level, so called real-world" matrix. That is why the Architect said that he couldn't save Trinity, because he actually thought he couldn't, but what the Architect failed to realize was the power of the human spirit, that hope, that determination. THAT is the stuff that cannot fit into the machine's equation, because there IS no easy equation for the "human element" so-to-speak. Neo will free not only the ones in the matrix, but himself as well. What happens after that, however, I don't know. THAT is why the 3rd matrix was SUPPOSED to be called unplugged, but they changed it to revolutions. Unplugged was a better name, but it gave too much away, so they had to change it. I hope you've enjoyed my side of the story as much as I have had writing about it.