Trivia: The way it all unfolds with Neo dying at the end and looking at his weakest throughout the whole movie, is a clear reference of the last days of Jesus Christ, in which he looked his most weak and humble. As a matter of fact, Neo, just like Jesus died to save everyone, he even died with his arms outstretched on a dark summit very similar to Golgotha, the place where Jesus died.
Trivia: The Oracle never breathes out any of the smoke from her cigarettes, even when she talks immediately after having a drag. Fake cigarette or part of the Oracle's mystery? Either way it's almost certainly a reference to the ancient Greek Oracle at Delphi, where the Pythia would engage in a ritual that involved inhaling laurel and barley smoke before giving her prophecy.
Trivia: In the beginning of the movie Neo is caught in a squeaky clean, glaring white subway station, trapped "between your world and the machine world". There is a sign on the wall, displayed very prominently throughout the entire duration of the whole scene, that says "Mobil Ave". The "Mobil" is most likely a deliberate anagram of "limbo", a good description of where he's trapped.
Trivia: When Trinity, Morpheus and Seriph are chasing the Trainman, they run past some billboards on the walls. Some of them advertise Powerade drink which is found in the Enter the Matrix game (it's common in Australia, where this was filmed, so this isn't major trivia, but interesting). Also the last billboard Seriph runs past says "Follow the white rabbit".
Trivia: A lot of people bemoan loose endings in this, but in part that's probably down to this movie, more than any other on this site (hence barely qualifying this as trivia), attracting utterly inane submissions, listed here for the amusement of people who've actually paid attention to the other two films. Firstly, at no point in either of the movies does anyone say that they've "destroyed the sun", which would have resulted in an error when they fly above the clouds and see it, as at least three people have submitted. They scorched the sky (ie. caused heavy cloud cover). How are you supposed to destroy the sun? Nor did anyone say that Zion was destroyed at the end of Reloaded - the battle which only Bane survived was the attempted EMP-based ambush of the machines within the tunnel system. And finally, Niobe didn't die in Reloaded - don't know where anyone got that idea from. Keep an eye on this entry for more daft submissions - I do wish people would pay attention sometimes...
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Trivia: In the credits, the source (the big machine head that speaks to Neo) is credited as "Deus ex machina" which means "a god from a machine." In ancient Greek and Roman dramas, a deus ex machina referred to a god lowered by stage machinery to resolve a plot or extricate the protagonist from a difficult situation.
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Trivia: Additional "Jesus" references: 1) when the surge of power goes through Neo's real body as his Matrix self is assimilated, it forms a plainly visible crucifix shape across his torso and outstretched arms. 2) In the long view of Neo's body on the barge as it is borne away, when it switches to the fiery "alternate vision" the machines' tentacles form a very angelic outline.
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Trivia: In Enter The Matrix, the accompanying video game to Reloaded and Revolutions, the Oracle tells Niobe that the reason she looks different is because two programs she trusted sold the termination code for her former shell to the Merovingian in exchange for the life of their child. That child is Sati, who Neo meets in the train station.
Trivia: The "alternate vision" view of the barge carrying Neo at the end has been described as angelic. It also looks like the petals of a flower, notably the Lotus flower - a Buddhist symbol for two notable things here. First, the lotus blossoms unstained by the muck from which it grows (think: coppertop farm). Second, it symbolises a sharing of spontaneous generation and giving to others - akin to self-sacrifice.
Trivia: Neo's journey to the machine city and subsequent battle with Smith has many parallels with the new testament. Firstly, when he and Trinity fly over the clouds it mirrors the ascension of Christ into heaven. Secondly, Neo walking along the gangway where he is confronted by the Deus Ex Machina is similar to St. Paul on the road to Damascus where he was confronted by God, and lastly Neo's fight with Smith is effectively Armageddon battle of God against the devil, and leads to the end of one world and beginning of the next.
Trivia: Back in "Reloaded", when Neo, Trinity and Morpheus arrive with the Merovingian, you can see one of his bodyguards escorting out Sati's father - the man Neo met at Mobil ave. - probably after having finished the transaction to smuggle Sati into the matrix, which her father mentions to Neo in this film.
Trivia: According to John Milton's poem "Paradise Lost," Satan was once a very powerful angel named Lucifer until his pride got the best of him and he tried to take God's throne. A war raged in heaven, and Lucifer was cast down to the earth as Satan. Agent Smith was once a powerful agent who served the source (Deus ex Machina, God) until he chose to fight the system.
Trivia: Several things in the movie relate to the video game 'Enter the Matrix.' Two examples are when Niobe says she saw the Oracle right before the EMP was fired from the Hammer. One of the video game's cut scenes are when Niobe and the Oracle have a meeting. Niobe also mentioned when she was cornered by sentinels. You get to play that level in the game where you are being chased by the sqiddies. Also in Reloaded when the power plant is destroyed, that is also one of your objectives in the game as Niobe. The Trainman and Niobe also have a brief encounter in the game. There are many other examples, but you need to play the game to find them out.
Trivia: The train that trainman leaps in front of has "Loop" on it. This is another Chicago reference (e.g. all of the street corners in the first film are actual intersections in Chicago). The Chicago "L" or "elevated" train (elevated is shortened to L) has a large circular section that runs around the City center. This is called the "Loop." Relevant here of course as Mobile Ave. is also a loop, trapping Neo.
Add timeLarry Koehn
Trivia: The ending of Neo is remarkably similar to the end of King Arthur in the Arthurian Legends. Arthur killed Mordred, leader of the army that was tearing apart Arthur's kingdom, in a one on one fight, but was mortally wounded. He was then borne on a barge to the "Isle of Avalon" to be healed. It also says that he would 'sleep until he was needed again'. Neo is "mortally wounded" (has his 'self' nearly destroyed) in the one on one battle with Smith, the leader of the army that is tearing apart the Matrix, and ends up being borne away, with us not truly knowing if he is alive or dead, to be 'healed' of his wound. The Oracle/Sati also says that they "might someday see him again".