The Matrix

Corrected entry: Tank brings up a schematic on a computer screen that says "eleventh floor," but the Agents trace Morpheus' call and say that they are on the eighth floor.

Correction: Tank's looking for information about the building and is trying to find the 'main wet wall' as Morpheus has asked. As this wall runs up the entire building it's immaterial which level's floor plan he looks at to get the information.


Corrected entry: Security building scene - as Neo runs he is shown from a side view and the columns are shatering with bullet holes but there isn't one single bullet impact on the wall behind him. The wall is crystal clear.

Correction: There are various holes and chips out of the back wall, generally behind Neo - it's just hard to tell because of all the dust.


Corrected entry: When Neo is in the ship and they are all at the table eating, the food is described to him as a "single-celled protein..." This is a nonsense statement, single-celled is not an applicable description of a protein.

Correction: Actually, "single cell protein" (which is what I hear them saying on the soundtrack) is a perfectly legitimate nutritional term. It refers to protein extracted from single-celled life, usually yeast grown in vats. The protein itself is not much different from any other dietary protein, but growing it in a vat may make it cheap or convenient, especially on a spacecraft or in a similar futuristic setting. Right now it's mostly used for animal feed.


Corrected entry: Those pillars that got shot up when Neo and Trinity get into a shootout in the government building where Morpheus is held sure heal fast - they're fine when they show the elevator crashing to the ground later and flames pour out around pillars that are brand new.

Correction: When the doors of the elevator are closing, three pillars on the right side are not damaged. This are the pillars you can see during the explosion. The pillars on the left also can be seen, but they are damaged correctly.


Corrected entry: When Neo is pinwheeling his arms to avoid hitting the passing subway train, frame advance reveals the train to be completely devoid of passengers. But when the train stops and Agent Smith emerges from the back door, several people can be clearly seen sitting in the train.

Correction: Frame advance reveals the train to be completely devoid of passengers in the first couple of cars, yes. The passenger-filled cars are near the end of the subway train, which hadn't arrived in the station yet. By the time the train actually stops, the cars that are actually in the station area are the ones that have passengers in them. In other words, the empty cars in the "pinwheeling" shot are not the same ones that are stopped in the station when Agent Smith exits the train.


Corrected entry: We see Agent Smith shoot at the phone booth to destroy the handset just as Trinity left the Matrix. During the fight scene with Agent Smith, you catch a glimps of the phone booth glass, and it is intact.


Correction: The only clear shot we get of the phone booth is just before Neo's running/jumping multi-kick to Smith's chest, and there's a clear bullet hole through the glass.


Corrected entry: When they strap Neo into the chair for the first time to send him to the loading program, they strap his feet down with metal cuffs. When he bolts out of the chair, he is not held down by the cuffs.

Correction: They seem to be foot clips rather than major restraints, to prevent casual slippage. When he comes out of the construct and the brain spike's removed, there's another metal clunking noise which could be him kicking his way out of the clips.


Corrected entry: During the shooting scene in the federal building, the camera cuts to a view right behind some guards legs. Neo comes cartwheeling around a pillar and starts shooting. If you slow it down, one of the guards starts falling as if he was shot before Neo even starts shooting at them.

Correction: Before the gun comes into shot, there's a flash offscreen - we can assume he's firing almost as soon as he grabs the gun.


Corrected entry: In the scene when the gang are in the bathroom wall, the soldier enters it and the toilet seat is down, then in the next shot it's up.

Correction: The first policemen is on the upper floor, where there's the hole in the wall (through which they climbed into the wall). The second shot shows a different policemen on a floor below. So the toilet seat is different.


Corrected entry: When Trinity removes the bug from Neo, you can see that the bug is still in its "activated" form and that it is covered in flesh and blood. Trinity immediately throws the bug out the window - the bug is now in its "deactivated" mode and completely clean. (00:24:51)

Correction: The bug only seems to be "alive" to Neo, but is in fact steel and glass. The Matrix makes him see it as a living creature, but once it is out of his sight and out onto the pavement, the bug takes its true form - steel and glass.


Corrected entry: According to the explanations given to us in the movie, the matrix is a computer generated world that is fed to a person's brain. This also means that anything you think or do, is processed by The Matrix, and the appropriate response is fed to your brain. This opens up a whole can of worms. If Morpheus and his team, are jacked into the Matrix, then they must rely on The Matrix to feed them whatever they see and feel, thus The Matrix must know exactly where they are at any given moment, what they are doing and what they are feeling, in order to provide every person with the correct feed. If this is true, then why does it need Agents to look for intruders, when it so obviously already knows where they are? On the same subject, why would the Agents need to interrogate Neo or Morpheus? They are already jacked into the Matrix so the Matrix already knows everything they know. Yet another Buick sized plot hole, if you ask me...

Correction: The matrix probably knows everything, but the matrix is just a program run by the machines. Thus the agents need to interrogate Morpheus, since they are not part of the matrix, but machines "jacked in", just like Neo and Morpheus. Also, Neo and Morpheus didn't "enter" the Matrix, they hacked into it, using the computer on their ship. Therefore, the agents could only find them if and when they are spotted, doing something unusual, like shooting up the guards. This is similar to real hacking - no-one can spot a hacker, unless he actually does something, usually illegal. Note also, that agents had those little devices they attached to their ear - this was how they tapped into the Matrix computer, similar to the plugs that the main characters had to insert in the back of their heads.


Corrected entry: How come Neo doesn't hit Morpheus when he's firing that machine gun all over the place?

Correction: Because Neo's the One, so can control the gun accurately enough.


Corrected entry: How come when Cypher is making the deal with Agent Smith, no one else can see him in the Matrix? (Tank and Trinity can watch Neo during the last fight scene.)

Correction: Cypher makes the deal with Agent Smith while the rest of the crew of the Nebuchadnezzar are asleep - this is fairly obvious since the previous scene ends with Cypher wishing Neo 'sweet dreams'. The directors have said that when Neo disturbs Cypher (and Cypher suspiciously switches off most of the monitors) he's setting up an automated system to jack him in and out of the matrix. We don't know exactly how that would work, but then again we don't have to...


Corrected entry: In the beginning, when Neo is dodging the agents by running through the cubicles into an empty bathroom, he runs into/by a guy at the copy machine. How come the agents didn't "see" Neo through the copy machine guy?

Correction: They weren't looking. They didn't think he would be able to hide so there was no reason to look through others.


Corrected entry: I like how in the movie the agents continue to use one hand to shoot .50AE desert eagles and there being very little recoil. I shot one of these guns before at a gun range and I'm no weak guy even with two hands the gun had a wicked recoil.

Correction: The agents know they are within the matrix and are able to "bend" the rules. Note the super-human strength and agility. A little thing like the recoil of a handgun is not going to bother them.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Neo receives the mobile phone in the Fed Ex package, the phone that slides out is a Nokia 8110. When the phone rings he holds it to his ear and presses the button to extend the flap, this feature is on the Nokia 7110 only. The 8110 cover flap does slide down but only manually.

Correction: It is possible to get one that extends automatically - whether a new cover or an adjustment, I don't know.


Corrected entry: If an Agent can be anyone still attatched to the Matrix, why do they always appear as the same individuals? Why not just take on the form of someone else and sneak on their prey?

Correction: There's no point as they can be detected as agents regardless of their "digital self". In the opening scene Trinity asks Morpheus if there are any agents, he replies "Yes."


Corrected entry: If you look carefully at the scene where Neo bursts in room 303 and gets shot by the agent, you can see that there is already blood on the wall before Neo bumps against it.

Correction: It's caused by the exit wound from the first shot.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Neo and Smith have a western showdown, Smith fires his Desert Eagle atleast nine times by my count, when a desert eagle only has a clip size of 7 bullets. Also no shells discharge from the gun during the bullet-time sequence.

Correction: If the pistol is loaded with the .50AE rounds it has only 7 rounds but if loaded with .44 it would have 8 rounds or with .357 it would have 9 rounds.


Corrected entry: When Tank has been shot there is a scene where he is bringing Trinity out of the matrix. When he pulls the plug out of Trinity's head he doesn't have a hole in his side, but when Trinity looks down at his chest he has the burn there.

Correction: It is there, just in shadow - you can see the blood reflecting dimly in places.

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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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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.


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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