If you have not seen the Animatrix short films yet, available here, get off your ass and dl them.
Now, I've always thought about this since the first Matrix, and perhaps this is obvious to most of you, but by what rationale do we back the humans in Matrix 1 and so on? (mind you, all of these are based on the Matrix world, and do not in any way reflect my real-life views of human beings)
1. They are evolutionarily inferior in every way.
2. They exploited their betters, and then sought to destroy them rather than compromise with them.
Hell, they should be grateful to the machines for giving them the virtual reality full of all the things humans crave, and count themselves fortunate that the machines need them for *something*. I mean, what percentage of humans *really* prioritizes liberty over material happiness, order, safety, and well being? Aren't Neo and the gang being complete fucktards by trying to ruin it all for everyone else?
Now, it seems by these animatrix previews that the creators, moreso than before, are steering to some degree of at least moral parity if not superiority on the part of the machines. While I seriously doubt they would take the creative risk of having the machines win, how can one in good conscience really support the "heroes" of the first film?
Sure, there is the element of rooting for your own species, but how far can that get you in the realm of reason? (and no, just because that cgs Asian chick from the last flight of the osiris is incredibly hot is not enough of a reason...well...maybe)
btw, I know that a lot of film people look down on the matrix as cliche, derivative, effects based moviemaking. Which might make overanalysis something like arguing about comic book heroes. But I like comic books, and I like the matrix, so they can fuck off and go watch their european art films.