"Your life is the sum of a remainder of an unbalanced equation inherent to the programming of the Matrix. You are an eventuality of an anomaly."
Although general audiences by-and-large rejected the film as both baffling and meandering upon its release in 2003, The Wachowski Bros.' The Matrix Reloaded nonetheless ranks in an elite and cherished group of sequels. Bluntly-stated, it is one of those follow-ups that is equal to (if not better) than the original.
In that select category you will also find such titles as The Godfather II, The Empire Strikes Back, Aliens, and The Road Warrior. But The Matrix Reloaded belongs in that tally because it assiduously expands the scope of both the franchise's philosophical underpinnings and action-packed visuals.
To a nearly exponential degree, actually, in both cases.
Meanwhile, Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) has returned to The Matrix with strange new abilities, and with a sinister plan to destroy "The One," Neo (Reeves).
Additionally, Neo learns that "The One" is but another facet of machine domination, and that he is expected to make the same life-or-death selection that his five predecessors made...
Morpheus sees the divine hand of "Providence" ending the War and guiding his every move, his every action. He sees purpose behind every eventuality, and notes that events must happen this way and couldn't happen any other way. Free will does not enter the picture. "There are no accidents," he meaningfully asserts.
The Merovingian is amusingly presented as a French hedonist and cynic who attempts to gain the utmost advantage from the deterministic nature of the Matrix. The Merovingian defines himself as a "slave to causality," thus viewing the universe as a simple chain of events based on the interconnection of cause and effect.
Given the fact that this is so, why not enjoy himself for as long as possible, right?
Humorously, The Merivongian learns a real and painful lesson in causality (and perhaps free will as well...) from his wife, Persephone (Monica Bellucci), another rogue program featured in the film. She is tired of her husband's atttempts to control the destiny of others (including herself), and throws a monkey wrench into his plans.
But her point is pertinent. Through his behavior, The Merovingian has "caused" this most unpleasant "effect."
Many Buddhists believe that human existence is neither entirely free nor entirely deterministic, but see "connections" (or networks of interaction) as the factors which can affect both. The pratitya samutpada is a kind of middle path between free will and determinism, and it is the path, ultimately, that Neo takes in the film. It's the path of interdependence, in a sense.
Furthermore, the Architect terms hope both the human being's greatest weakness and greatest strength. It is hope, suggests The Matrix Reloaded, which permits us to believe, perhaps, in free will, and our own importance in the order of things. It is hope which leads Neo to reject his "purpose" as The One, to choose a different "door," and to save Trinity's life. It is hope that allows for the possibility that life is not an either/or, binary decision, and that unforeseen outcomes unfurl from free choice beyond the sight, even, of reality's architects.
His human capacity to select an irrational path -- even at the risk of the species itself -- suggests that humans live a life of, at least, moderate free will. It is one in keeping with pratitya-samutpada, the middle path. Neo will save Trinity first, and then worry about the rest of the human race.
What outcomes will grow from his choice? What new pathways has he opened by selecting a different door this time around?