The theory that we're just living in a simulation is actually an old one. But it's taken off in recent years, especially as the internet has expanded from its small origins to the thing that consumes our lives every day. A documentary about that subject would ordinarily be something I'd ignore, just like any other YouTube doc about any other conspiracy theory. But A Glitch in the Matrix won't be any other documentary.
Rodney Ascher is actually the perfect filmmaker to tackle this potentially insane topic. His previous efforts have explored conspiracy theories (Room 237) and creepy, unexplained phenomena (The Nightmare) in stylish fashion. A Glitch in the Matrix will interview experts and random obsessives, discuss the text and subtext of the Wachowskis' The Matrix and dive deep into a speech by the late author Philip K. Dick, who wrote the stories that would become Blade Runner, Minority Report and A Scanner Darkly, all of which have elements that were once science fiction but have now become fact.
The film will premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, which will look a lot different than years past. Magnolia Pictures will release the film in theaters (if they're open) and on demand on February 5.
Check out the trailer below.