The Matrix

Continuity mistake: In the very beginning when the green computer writing comes up while Trinity is making her call it says it's about 13:00 hours, but when she's running on the rooftops 5 minutes later, it's more like 1:00 am. (00:00:40)

Factual error: When Trinity is being arrested, you hear the cops all burst into the room and cock the hammers on their Glocks. The Glock doesn't have an external hammer. To load the weapon, you have to pull the slide back and release it. (00:01:50)

Continuity mistake: When Agent Smith is seen the first time, he is talking to the old cop outside, then begins to walk away and the other agent follows. The cop turns his head to continue to look at the other agent when he is walking away or past him, yet in the following shot the cop has his head turned, but the other agent is still in sight and is just barely walking past him. (00:02:35)

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Continuity mistake: When cops are in the room with Trinity at the beginning, just before she attacks the first cop, the chair she sat in is really close to the table, yet when she is in the air its a lot further away from the table. Also, the cop holds in his left hand a torch, which disappears when Trinity goes up for the kick. (00:02:50)

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Continuity mistake: At the beginning, when Trinity walks across the wall, she walks by the same corner in two different shots (in the first one she already reaches the corner). (00:03:00)

Revealing mistake: When Trinity's being chased by the cops in the first scene and she makes her first jump from one roof to another when being chased by the cops. One of the cops that is chasing her doesn't quite make a complete jump to the other roof. During his failed attempt when he hits the lip of the roof of the adjacent building it makes the whole building shake. (00:04:00)

Continuity mistake: When the agent is running after Trinity, Trinity gets to the end of the roof and runs on. Notice that the end of the roof is red, or a rusty like colour, but when when the agent starts shooting at her, it's turned from red back to probably its original colour of silver. (00:04:15)

The-Immortal

Continuity mistake: At the first chase scene between Trinity and the agent on the roof, just after the agent shoots at Trinity, she runs off, here you can see the agent coming into view by the chimney, and in the following shot he is coming into view again. (00:04:20)

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning of the movie, where Trinity runs from the agents, she jumps towards a window. She turns slowly in the air, eventually facing upwards when she crashes through the window, no longer turning. From the inside shot, however, she comes through it face down (so she can roll forwards down the stairs). (00:04:55)

Audio problem: After Trinity has flown through the window and tumbled down the stairs and looks back up at the window. You can hear the squeaky light swinging and see it swinging. Then the next frame show the light completely still but the squeaky sound is still there. (00:05:00)

Continuity mistake: When Trinity is making a getaway from the agents, she is not carrying a weapon, neither is there a sign of one. But after she jumps over to the next building, she magically pulls two big handguns out of her leather suit. (00:05:00)

Continuity mistake: Right at the beginning of the film, where Trinity is running for the phone box, a shot of the box is shown and we see the lights of the truck appear on it. In the next shot we watch the truck turn and then see its lights swing onto the phone box. (00:05:30)

Continuity mistake: When Trinity leaves the matrix at the start through the phone booth, the garbage truck driven by the agents rams the phone booth and punches a big hole in the brick wall. When the truck reverses there is no visible damage to the truck, not even a broken headlight, even though it has just crushed a phone booth and a brick wall. (00:05:40)

Continuity mistake: In the first scene in which Neo appears, we see him from above, sleeping in front of his computer. The keyboard he is using is a Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro with the atypical curved key configuration. When messages begin appearing on his screen, he tries to stop them by hitting various keys, but the closeup of the keys show keys from a standard keyboard that are clearly not the keys on a Natural Keyboard Pro. (00:06:40)

Continuity mistake: This is a small one but easy to see. When Neo is looking at his computer showing messages about the matrix and the white rabbit, there is a shot of Neo asking "Who is it?"; then we see a shot of the black screen, and finally Neo face again, but with a different hairstyle. (00:06:45)

Audio problem: In the club scene where Trinity introduces herself to Neo, she leans in to whisper into Neo's ear. Trinity's jaw in the shots from behind her is moving nowhere close to how it should for the words she is saying. (00:10:30)

Continuity mistake: When Neo comes to work he glances at the name of his company. The sign says Metacortex. When Neo is running from the agents there is a sign on the back wall which says Meta Cortechs. (00:11:30)

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Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the film, when Neo is having the conversation with his boss about his arrival time at the office, when the camera is on Neo, his hands are behind his back, when the is on his boss (showing Neo's back), Neo's hands are in front of him. They're all instant cuts - no time for him to move. (00:11:35)

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Visible crew/equipment: When Neo is at the office, while in his cubicle, he gets an express delivery. As he signs for it you can see another arm laying on the desk behind him. In the next shot he hands back the clipboard, you see it is only him and the delivery man. [Only visible in 4:3 format.] (00:12:35)

Continuity mistake: When Neo gets the phone from the delivery guy, he goes to open the package as the guy is leaving. You can see that when the guy leaves the shot Neo is about to reach in to get the phone, but when the delivery guy is gone completely, Neo is only moving his hand over to start opening the package. (00:12:40)

Agent Smith: 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, and I realised 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 and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer on this planet, you are a plague, and we...are the cure. (01:02:20)

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Trivia: In the entire film, there are only two "homegrown", real humans - Tank and Dozer. They both have names of machines.

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Question: I get that people in the matrix, who have not been freed, are not ready to be freed, and I know at one point when Morpheus is explaining the matrix to Neo (I believe during the woman in the red dress test) he says something along the lines of: The matrix is a system, that system is our enemy. The matrix is filled with minds we are trying to save, but until we do they are still part of that system and that makes them our enemies. Many of them are so dependent on that system they will fight to defend it.- I am paraphrasing, but it is something like that. As I'm sure everyone knows he also says "The body cannot live without the mind." And therefore if you die in the matrix you die in the 'real' world. My question is, do they ever address the ethical questions that could arise from the fact that they kill mind after mind of police officers, SWAT teams, security guards, innocent humans just doing their jobs? I understand that sometimes it may be necessary, and that Neo doesn't have much choice but to fight agents and kill their hosts at times. But things like Mouse, knowing he is going to die so he grabs machine guns and takes out as many people as he can. Or when Neo and Trinity, on their way to save Morpheus, cover them selves in guns and take out that whole building of guards and pretty much end up with one gun each. The guards were completely prepared to let them enter the building freely if they passed the metal detector, could they not have went empty handed and just taken out two guards later, and used their weapons? It just seems like a pretty bad way to go about a mission to save people. Unless perhaps I missed a speech about sacrificing some minds for the cause or the needs of the many out weigh the needs of the few type deal. Just wondering if that is ever addressed.

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Chosen answer: No, they don't address it, other than Morpheus' speech during the test. It's not something that they have any realistic choice about, so they just have to accept it and do what they need to do. Mouse, yes, he chooses to defend himself when cornered, but who wouldn't? These may be innocent victims of the Matrix he's shooting at, but they're still there to kill him - he's hardly going to stand there and accept his fate meekly. There's also no indication that the guards were "completely prepared" to let Neo and Trinity into what's clearly a high security building, undoubtedly they would have been asked for identification, what their purpose was there and so forth and turned away if, as seems likely, their answers weren't satisfactory. Shooting their way in from the start is likely their only option. Yes, it's absolutely ethically unfortunate, but if they're going to resist the machines successfully, it's not something they have any choice about. A necessary evil.

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