"Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet, you are a plague, and we are the cure."
Description: Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith, one of many sinister cyber agents in the motion picture The Matrix (1999).
In the future, artificial intelligence has produced a race of robots that have relegated human beings as an electrical resource. People are grown and implanted with a soothing dream world that makes its host believe they are living a normal life while the robots feed off of their body energy.
In essence, humans are the batteries that keep the machine world going and going and going. While the humans dream away their lives in controlled-living chambers, the machines absorb their bio-electrial energy and survive amidst the remains of world devastated by the war between the humans and the machines. The Matrix is a simulated reality world depictting the human world as it was before an apocraphal battle between men and machines destoyed the planet.
Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), one of those humans who have escaped bondage from the Matrix, explains the nature of the dreamworld to computer programmer/hacker Thomas Anderson, aka "Neo" (Keanu Reeves), a new recruit who has recently become aware (awoken) from his computer-generated, dream induced existence:
"The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you're inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system, and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it."
Those people who somehow become aware of the “Matrix” are hunted down by special cyber agents (powerful sentient computer programs) that eliminate rebels who roam the computer-generated dreamwold. One such cyber cop, Agent Smith, explains his take on humanity:
“I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had, during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species. I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area, and you multiply, and multiply, until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet, you are a plague, and we are the cure.”
While Agent Smith patrols the cyber world and minds of those kept in living chambers, the outside world is patrolled by robot killing machines who hunt down humans who have disconnected from the energy pods.
Morpheus hunts and hides from these mechanoid sentinels in a levitating craft called the Nebuchadnezzar. The ship's EMP pulse is used to deactivate the robotic hunter/seekers.
The rest of the "unplugged" humans who have escaped imprisonment carry on their battle with the machines from a subterannean city known as Zion.
Note: The Matrix (1999) continued its franchise in the sequel films: The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). See also ”Cobra - "You're the disease and I'm the cure"