The Matrix

Corrected entry: When Neo just enters the apartment room and is shot by Smith, the next shot is when Smith fires the Desert Eagle, but the camera is an overhead shot. You see the casing get ejected straight up into the air. This is not possible as the Desert Eagle 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.

Grumpy Scot

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

Corrected entry: Bad idea to have mirrored sunglasses in the movie. Look into the lenses of the agents, Neo, Trinity, and any one else who has them, and you can see the camera perfectly.

Correction: There are barely any shots with the camera in someone's glasses. If you want to submit a visible equipment mistake, be more specific.

Corrected entry: In the middle of the film when we see Cypher talking to Trinity on the phone, at the end of their conversation we see Tank with the big electric gun, when he fires it, pause and use frame by frame or slow motion and you can see its not Cypher (Joe Pantoliano) but his stunt double, this can be seen because the brightness of the gun causes his face to be bright so you can see the stunt double. (01:26:55)


Correction: According to this site's rules, if you have to use slow motion to see something, it's not a valid mistake.


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.

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.


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.


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

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.

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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.

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

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.


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.


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.

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

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)


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

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)


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

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)


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

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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: 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.


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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