The Matrix

Continuity mistake: In the subway shootout with Neo and Smith, when both are firing face to face, their automatic pistols are firing but the actions are not working. (01:50:05)

Continuity mistake: When Morpheus fights Neo in the training program, Neo is pushed backwards and slides along the floor. In the close-up, his head stops level with one of the black stripes on the floor, so that his eyes are looking at it. In the wide shot in which Morpheus jumps in slow motion through the air, Neo's head is past the line so that it is level with his chest, as if he has slid forward further, despite having stopped previously. In the close-up, the line is again level with his eyes, but when we see Morpheus' knees crashing into the floor, Neo has again moved forwards such that his head is no longer level with the line. (00:50:45)

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Continuity mistake: When Cypher is making the deal with agent Smith, he cuts off a big piece of steak. A few seconds later when he actually puts it in his mouth, it has changed shape and shrunk considerably and changed from medium rare (mostly red) to medium (pink in the center). (01:01:20)

Continuity mistake: When Morpheus shows Neo the agent training simulation, the girl in red turns into an agent. When they pause the simulation you can see the reflection of Neo with a gun pointed at his head in Morpheus' glasses. When you look in one shot there is a visible white line/mark (scenery?) between the gun and Neo, in the next shot it is gone and then right at the end in the final shot it's back again.

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: During the lobby shoot out Neo does a cartwheel to pick up a gun on the floor. If you look closely at the wide shoot, his hand grazes the gun and starts to lift off the ground without it. In the close up shot imediately after, he picks up the gun near the trigger. (01:43:22)

Continuity mistake: When Neo is being interogated by Agent Smith he says "How about I give you the finger and you give me my phone call?" Neo gives him the finger; in one shot the other fingers are bent all the way down. In another they are only half bent. (00:19:55)

Continuity mistake: During the rooftop scene check out the tiling situation. When Neo takes two bullets, he falls to the ground. He lies mainly inside one tile, even the left gun fits in. (And it's on a vertical line) His top hand lies just on the line. Now, watch again when the agent is dead. All of the sudden he's in-between two tiles, and the gun is now on a horizontal line, but not a vertical. (01:46:36)

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: 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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Continuity mistake: After the helicopter smashes into the building and Neo saves Trinity, they look at each other and you can see smoke from the building. After that, Morpheus is talking to Neo. You can see several shots of him and Neo talking and behind them, the building and its windows are still intact. (01:46:50)

Continuity mistake: Near the start, when Agent Smith jumps over the building and the police officer in the front says, "It's impossible," look closely in the background when the agent lands. You can see it's a different officer than the one that said it.

Continuity mistake: Near the middle of the film when Morpheus directs Tank to load the Jump Program note where Morpheus and Neo land on roof of building. Aerial view shows them landing some distance from the building but when the camera cuts to the first close up they are standing right next to the building. (00:51:30)

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Continuity mistake: When on the roof, Neo fires at the enemy agent, who dodges all his bullets, but the windows of the building behind him are undamaged. (01:45:36)

Continuity mistake: When Neo and Morpheus are going to see the Oracle, they approach the elevator. Neo is standing on the right and Morpheus is standing on the left. Yet when they enter the elevator, Morpheus and Neo both come from the right.

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Continuity mistake: During the fight scene in the train station between Agent Smith and Neo, after a lot of fighting Neo is thrown back and throws up blood. He then gets up and wipes it off with the back of his hand. Straight after that, it isn't visible anymore. It's completely vanished. (01:56:30)

Continuity mistake: In the lobby scene, after the SWAT team has entered, one of the SWAT guys charges, firing his M16 at Trinity. After she kicks him while he's putting in a new clip, his right hand's empty in the close up, but is holding the M16 (which he then drops) in the wider shot. (01:38:20)

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)

The-Immortal

Continuity mistake: Near the end of the film we see Neo in the chopper firing the mini gun through the window at the agents. In one particular shot note the metal chair pulled out from the desk which falls over after being shot at, then a few shots later is suddenly back upright again. (01:43:30)

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Continuity mistake: Near the middle of the film when we see Morpheus and Neo have entered the Matrix in a scene that begins at a city intersection with a "Walk/Don't Walk" Traffic Sign. Just as the cross the street, Morpheus is speaking to Neo, the next shot looks over Neo's shoulder back towards the intersection, it is no longer visible, as though they have traveled farther down the block than physically possible in the time allotted. (00:54:15)

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Visible crew/equipment: When Neo is going to open the door to enter the Oracle's house, you can clearly see a camera on the doorknob. There's a sheet over it painted to look like the wall behind it, with a representation of Morpheus' tie too, because he's blocked by the camera. (01:07:40)

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Agent Smith: Can you hear me, Morpheus? I'm going to be honest with you. I... Hate this place, this zoo, this prison, this reality, whatever you want to call it. I can't stand it any longer. It's the smell, if there is such a thing. I feel saturated by it. I can taste your stink. And every time I do I feel I have somehow been infected by it. It's repulsive, isn't it? I must get out of here. I must get free and in this mind is the key, my key. Once Zion is destroyed there is no need for me to be here, don't you understand? I need the codes. I have to get inside Zion, and you have to tell me how. You're going to tell me, or you're going to die.

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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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