The Matrix

Corrected entry: When Neo just enters the apartment room and is shot by Smith, the next shot is when Smith fires the Deagle, but the camera is an overhead shot. You see the casing get ejected straight up into the air. This is not possible as the Deagle and other pistols eject the spent casing upwards and slightly to the right over the user's shoulder.

Correction: When firing semi-automatic pistols, I've had shell casings fly to the left, slightly forward and even had one hit me square between the eyes! Straight up is certainly possible. And honestly, "Deagle"?

Grumpy Scot
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Corrected entry: When Morpheus is explaining about the past, it shows the wrecked city with the Twin Towers still standing.

Correction: Well, it would have been rather surprising (and disturbing) if the makers of The Matrix could predict a terrorist attack two years in the future and directed the film accordingly.

Dr Muppet
4

Corrected entry: Keanu Reeves wanted to do his own stunts, but was disappointed when he learned that his neck injury would limit his ability to do the shots. So they only managed to get about 3 takes with Reeves actually in them, and then used a body double and CGI.

Correction: Please cite a source for this, as in all interviews and material the cast (including Reeves) is known to have done the majority of their fighting and stunt work. Reeves' injury did delay his martial arts training, but it did not prevent him from performing.

Jason Hoffman
2

Corrected entry: To exit the Matrix the character must find a secure phone line with which do so, we see this in the subway when Trinity lifts the receiver and places it to her ear and then zips down the phone. However surely to enter the Matrix the same must be true, so who or how is the receiver on the phone lifted in the Matrix for them to enter?

Correction: It is not the same way. As seen in the film when they enter the matrix they are just there, similar to how we see them enter the simulators. It is like adding in a line of code to a program. Adding it is easy, but to remove it without causing bigger issues is difficult.

MasterOfAll
2

Corrected entry: When Neo is on the rooftop, and the helicopter is crashing, he winds the rope around his arm and as the helicopter goes down, it drags him to the edge of the building which is surrounded by blocks of some kind. Notice, when he hits the blocks, the block under his right foot wobbles showing it's not real.

DoctorProcter

Correction: Notice, when he hits the blocks, the block under his right foot wobbles, showing the enormous force its under from Neo's skid and Trinity's fall. Creating drama as to whether or not Neo will be jerked over the edge as well.

Grumpy Scot
2

Corrected entry: The word "cypher" means: a non-entity, not real, zero...which is what Cypher is; he chooses the Matrix as opposed to reality and being "real". And "trinity" refers to God and a woman in love; Trinity is like Neo's god: she gave him life and saved him from dying.

Correction: While cypher CAN mean zero, based on the high number of computer references in the movie it most likely points to "a secret method of writing or cryptic code" based on him being secretly plotting against the main characters. Also, "trinity" refers to the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the holy ghost (spirit), as denoted by the exceptionally high amount of biblical references.

2

Corrected entry: In the scene at the end of the movie where Neo is running towards Agent Smith. He appears to be stopping just before diving into Agent Smith.

Correction: He is actually bracing his feet for the launch/dive into Agent Smith's chest.

Jazetopher
2

Corrected entry: When Morpheus is showing Neo the construct for the first time they're walking down the street beside a construction site with green cloth covering scaffolding surrounding the building. They walk past an uncovered part that has an ATM and the bank logo is a yellow diamond with the bottom-right part being black. This is the logo for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, nowhere near the USA that the events are supposed to be taking place in.

Correction: It is a training simulator programmed by the free humans, not a part of the Matrix. It can take place anywhere they want it to. Besides, it is never stated that the Matrix takes place in the USA, it takes place in a fictional world created by machines.

Andreas[DK]
2

Corrected entry: While explaining the Construct, Morpheus tells Neo, "Your appearance now is what we call residual self image. It is the mental projection of your digital self." What he really meant is, "It is the digital projection of your mental self." (00:40:00)

Correction: That is not a mistake, Morpheus spoke correctly. They are in the construct, therefore it is Neo's digital self. His clothes and hair are his mental projection. Just as if Neo were dreaming it would be: "It is the mental projection of your dreaming self."

SoylentPurple
1

No, they are in the construct, a digital environment. So the projection is digital (being that it exists in a digital environment) and the self is mental (being that it is what he thinks it should be). The correction of the movie quote is correct.

4

When in the Construct, it's like being connected to the Matrix. The people in the Construct are Avatars of themselves, which means they are their digital selves. The projection of themselves is based on what their Avatars are thinking.

Bishop73

Correction: The concept of a mental projection of one's digital self is rooted in the idea that the person's memory of how they looked (in this case, curated through years of living in an illusory digital reality) is going to manifest itself within any simulation that allows it. Because Neo lived in the matrix, he has a mental image of what he should look like (his digital self). So the line in the movie is correct.

1

Corrected entry: Cypher alerts the agents to the location of Morpheus' base of operations via cell phone tracing. But since the agents can transport to any body in the Matrix that hasn't been unhooked, and they can trace calls in about 30 seconds as we saw at the start, it would have been easier if they had transported to the nearest bodies, got into the building, killed Mouse, destroyed their equipment and then summon the police. All this they could have done in 5 minutes while everyone was at the Oracle, but instead we get a very long, action packed confrontation.

Correction: The agents made a different call, they wanted to trap the entire party but their primary target was Morpheus and they had to make sure he wouldn't get away. Anything else they tried could cause Morpheus to escape.

lionhead
1

Corrected entry: Tank explains to Neo and Trinity that the reason the agents took Morpheus is because all captains to the ships are given codes to access Zion's mainframe and if an agent gets into the system it could destroy them. In the Matrix: Reloaded though, the Architect tells Neo "This is the sixth time we have destroyed it and we have become quite exceeding at it." Talking about Zion. If the machines have successfully destroyed it in the past six times, why would the agents need to even get into the computer to destroy them when they would just do it later?

icounited

Correction: As the Architect stated, they've gotten better and better at destroying Zion. This is just another attempt to continue improving and become even more efficient.

Phixius Premium member
1

Corrected entry: Linked to another mistake about Neo's keyboard switching from a normal keyboard to a MS Natural keyboard, look at the windows key (between the ctrl and alt keys) - it has no Windows logo or writing on it. (00:07:35)

Correction: How is this a mistake? Many users (especially hackers) customize their keyboards. I have friends who only use Linux and intentionally remove any Microsoft logos from all their hardware.

1

Corrected entry: In the scene where Agent Smith shoots Neo in the block of flats, he is forced backwards against the wall. This is an impossible move, as the bullets would just pass through him.

Correction: He's not forced back against the wall. He staggers back, because he's just been shot in the chest. He's not going to simply stand still. When Smith is shooting him repeatedly, he's just twitching and jerking around out of pain and/or shock, not because the bullets are knocking him around.

Gary O'Reilly
1

Corrected entry: After the Agents ram the phone booth and brick wall, the truck reverses out. A brick is visible on the engine. A few shots later, the brick's mysteriously disappeared.

Correction: Large trucks vibrate when the engine is running, and as you mentioned, this is several shots later. The brick likely slid off the angled hood of the truck due to vibration/movement of the truck itself.

Jazetopher
1

Corrected entry: In the beginning after Neo wakes up next to his computer, and the Guy knocks on his door, when Neo answers the door, a chain is hooked across it. After he gets the money from the guy, he shuts the door and goes to get the disk from inside the book, then goes to back to the door to give it to the guy. He opens the door and the chain is not hooked anymore. You don't hear him take the chain off the door before he opened it, and he didn't take the chain off after he shut it, either.

TiggBoy

Correction: The scene cuts straight from Neo taking the disk to him opening the door. We don't see him walking back to the door, so presumably he removed the chain during the portion of time we skip.

1

Corrected entry: Morpheus is tortured, drugged, and shot in the leg. Then he's rescued by Neo dangling from a helicopter and dropped onto a rooftop. After Neo pulls up Trinity from the falling helicopter, the talking scene at the end of all of this has Morpheus reminding Neo that "he IS the one". I know this is picky, but Morpheus is very alert, chipper, and looking way to good after having been tortured, drugged, and shot in the leg just moments ago.

Correction: Firstly Morpheus was never tortured (asside from the beating by the cops when he is first 'arrested'). Secondly the truth serum is wearing off. Thirdly, Morpheus spent a good deal of time explaining to Neo (and the audience)that the Matrix is not real, and you can bend & break the rules (As witnessed by the 'jump' program etc). Obviously it was difficult for Morpheus to concentrate while being beaten by the cops. Then he is drugged, so still can not concentrate or reach the right frame of mind. By the time he is rescued, he has recovered enough to be able to break the rules, just as Neo does by returning to life.

Soylent Purple
1

Corrected entry: When we see Trinity kick a cop and that cop falls into another cop, then they both hit the wall, if you slow it down, you can actually see they hit the wall twice. (00:02:55)

The-Immortal

Correction: The necessary use of slow motion invalidates mistakes such as these, unless the frames reveal something such as a crewmember in shot.

Super Grover Premium member
1

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the film when Trinity sees the telephone box, there is a large lamp-post that she runs past, yet when you slow it down, she's in line with the post not in front of it from the previous shot, also if you pause it or slow it down, you can actually see that the path she just run down has shortened somewhat. (00:05:10)

The-Immortal

Correction: The necessary use of slow motion invalidates mistakes such as these, unless the frames reveal something such as a crewmember in shot.

Super Grover Premium member
1

Corrected entry: At the very beginning of the film when we see Trinity kick the chair at a cop, it knocks him back a bit and the chair falls to the ground, yet when the scene cuts to a different cop who is just about to fire upon Trinity if you pause or slow it down you can again see the chair flipping over and heading towards this second cop. (00:03:00)

The-Immortal

Correction: The necessary use of slow motion invalidates mistakes such as these, unless the frames reveal something such as a crewmember in shot.

Super Grover Premium member
1

Corrected entry: When Neo is being lifted from the sewer into the ship by the grappling hook, you can see his right leg quickly move away from the edge of the hatch door just as he is entering the ship.

Correction: There is no reason why Neo should not move. He is not unconscious (yet), and even though his muscles are weak, he can still use them to some degree, for instance to pull in a leg that is about to be banged into a metal hatch.

Twotall
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Continuity mistake: When Neo is out on the scaffolding and loses his phone, the first shot down is of an empty street, in the shot of the phone falling the street is filled with people and a big parade, then it cuts to a wider shot and the people have vanished again. (00:15:55)

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Morpheus: You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.

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Trivia: It's been said that Neo is an anagram for "one". I think it's more important to realise that Neo means "new". His real name is Thomas Anderson. He is called Thomas at the beginning of the movie, when he doubts the truth -- that the world as he knows it is not real. Thomas is the "doubting" disciple in the Bible. Moreover, Anderson means "son of man". Hence, Neo Anderson is the New Son of Man. The biblical references go on and on... Trinity, Nebucadnezzar (the name of the ship -- in fact, the name plate on the ship makes reference to a verse in Mark chapter 3), Zion... So not only is Neo "the One", he has gone from being the doubter to the new son of man.

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Question: How exactly does the blue and red pill work? How does Neo taking the pill trigger him to wake up?

superflyingcrap

Chosen answer: The pills are the Matrix representations of computer programs. The red pill contains code designed to disrupt Neo's input/output signals, so that Morpheus' team can pinpoint his physical location in the real world. Once located, a signal of unspecified type is sent from their ship, which presumably serves to wake Neo up.

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