In Beyond, neighborhood children have stumbled across an amalgamation of anomalies within an old, broken building. They have learned to exploit this glitch in the Matrix for their own enjoyment, through several areas which seem to defy real-world physics. Glass bottles reassemble after being shattered; rain falls from a sunny sky; broken lightbulbs flickr with light; a door opens into a void; mis-aligned shadows; and a small bird’s feather stuck in mid-flight. There is a large open space in the middle where they take turns jumping off a high point and falling towards the ground yet somehow stopping just inches before impact; this proves amusing and they seem unbothered by the inherent strangeness.
Matriculated was written and directed by Korean American director Peter Chung. The film deals with a group of above-ground human rebels who lure hostile intelligent machines to their laboratory in order to capture them and insert them into a “matrix” of their own design. Within this matrix the humans attempt to teach the captured machines some of the positive traits of humanity, primarily compassion and empathy. The ultimate goal of this project is to help the intelligent machines develop free will in order to overcome their original “search-and-destroy” programming. The rebels’ hope is that, once converted of its own volition (a key point discussed in the film), an “enlightened” machine will assist Zion in its struggle against the machine-controlled totalitarianism which currently dominates the Earth.