Filmmaker Rodney Ascher Explores Simulation Theory With ‘A Glitch in the Matrix’

The "Room 237" filmmaker discusses why simulation theory is a worthy subject to explore.

Filmmaker Rodney Ascher’s (Room 237, The Nightmare) A Glitch in the Matrix explores simulation theory. What if, amidst all the debates about science and religion, we are all living in a simulation? Check out my video interview with Ascher below!


A scene from GLITCH IN THE MATRIX, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

A Glitch in the Matrix’s theory of humanity cloacked in some universal simulation may be scoffed at by its requisite naysayers, but director Rodney Ascher understands that this take is not out of left field. “Looking at the last couple of years of history where things seem to get stranger, more surreal, and more horrifying, I think simulation theory makes a certain sense for people,” said Ascher. “Well, how did things get this way? Well here is, maybe, an explanation; it couldn’t be possibly random chance.”

The documentary, which features people being interviewed as their digital avatars, also contains a prescient speech speech from author Philip K. Dick and an exploration of the iconic feature The Matrix.

Theatrical one-sheet for GLITCH IN THE MATRIX, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
A Glitch in the Matrix is now out in theaters and is also available On Demand via Magnolia Pictures.
Rodney Ascher Interview Breakdown
1:26 – On the first time he saw The Matrix.
3:31 – On if the majority of people would be open to the theory of humanity living within a simulation.
5:26Rodney Ascher discusses what makes Philip K. Dick’s work prescient as well as transcendent.
7:23 – Rodney Ascher talks about the impact of gaming.

On the latest episode of CinemAddicts, co-host Anderson Cowan talks about wanting to check out A Glitch in the Matrix since he is a fan of Ascher’s Room 237. Cowan’s discussion of Ascher’s work starts at 25:28.

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