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Deliberate mistake: When Neo and Morpheus are in the construct place (where it is all white), you can see that Morpheus' glasses are a matte grey and then a second later they are totally reflective. [The shot where Morpheus has flat black glasses was shot with a steadycam. A cameraman using a special camera strapped to his body walks in a snaking path from behind Neo, to behind Morpheus. He passes in front of Morpheus at least once. His glasses were painted flat black to prevent the reflection of the steadycam operator showing up on film. At the end of the shot, you can see the back side of the lens. While doing this scene and saying his dialogue, Laurence Fishburne couldn't see anything.] (00:38:10)

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)

Continuity mistake: Throughout the "lobby scene" the walls and pillars of the lobby are shown being torn apart by bullets. At the end of the scene, Neo and Trinity proceed into the elevator and the overall damage is apparent. They set the bomb, get out of the elevator and the bomb and elevator drop. When the explosion is exiting the elevator shaft, the lobby is spotless... no SWAT men, no guns, and perfect pillars and walls, not a bullet hole in sight. It could be said that the dead guards are on the sides of the room, invisible from the camera's angle... but what about the last guy Neo kills right in front of the elevator? (01:44:10 - 01:45:30)

Continuity mistake: When Neo has just jumped from the helicopter, he is left standing with the safety rope next to his right foot. He then slings it round his right arm, and he's looking at the rope on the floor, which has moved next to his left foot. (01:46:05)

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)

Revealing mistake: When Trinity, Neo, Switch, and Apoc are in the wall, after they plummet down, land, and start shooting everyone, watch Trinity as she falls. She is obviously attached to a wire and gets jolted when she falls. It looks as if the wire didn't have enough slack. (01:19:55)

Visible crew/equipment: When Smith sits down with Morpheus he says 'I want to share a revelation...' Here the white screen is visible in the left lens of his glasses. It is also visible in both lenses at one point. (01:33:25)

Other mistake: When Neo is being chased by the three agents through the outdoor marketplace, pay attention to the shot of the guy being picked up by an agent and flung through the air. There is a woman wearing a red sweater to to the slight left of the agent. She does not flinch, even though the guy in front of her has just been thrown 15 feet into the air and into a produce stand. She just stops for a second to let the guy fly past her, and she then simply resumes her walk. Other people around her react... (01:54:40)

Revealing mistake: In the government lobby scene, when Trinity kicks the shotgun out of the guard's hands, watch closely, the man actually throws the shotgun over his own shoulder. It's very well timed, but if you watch closely you should be able to spot it. (01:42:30)

Factual error: When Neo is shooting thousands of bullets out of the Gatling Minigun from the helicopter, there is a shot of "cases" and links falling from the machine gun onto the helicopter floor. Only those "cases" are complete rounds, bullet and all (or possibly blanks) instead of just empty, spent cases. (01:43:45)

Continuity mistake: When on the rooftop and the agent and Neo are shooting at each other Neo runs out of bullets and places the guns in front of him he starts avoiding the bullets. The camera angle changes and the guns disappear. When the camera angle goes back the guns are there and he reloads them. (01:07:00)

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Revealing mistake: When Neo is fighting Morpheus in the training room and Neo runs up the wall, you can see Keanu Reeves is holding onto the wires attached to the safety belt around his waist. (00:51:25)

Visible crew/equipment: When Trinity's getting arrested (near the start) and two cops are kicked into the wall, you can see a wire around the cop on the right leg area, to make him fly across the room. (Seen clearer in slow motion.)

Visible crew/equipment: When Neo and Smith have a fight at the train station, before Smith drags Neo by the legs and tosses him onto the train track, he punches Neo into another wall. Just after he does this, a red piece of equipment is visible to the left of the screen, being pulled quickly out of shot.

Factual error: During the lobby shootout, Neo pulls out a pair of VZ-61 Skorpion machine pistols and runs down the lobby blowing away the guards. While he is running, we see the blank shells falling to the ground beneath him. However, the shells are 5.56mm NATO, which is a cartridge that is too long to fit in this gun. (01:42:45)

Continuity mistake: When Neo unloads two 9mm Berettas at an agent who dodges all the shots, right after he runs out of ammo, the camera is facing Neo dead on and the recoil slides on the pistols are closed. The next shot where he drops them and says, "Trinity... help." the slides are locked back with the ejection port open. (01:46:20)

Continuity mistake: When Neo drops the FedEx envelope on his desk after he pulls out the cell phone from the delivered package, it lands right next to a keyboard on top of a cable/wire. When the phone immediately rings and he answers the call, in the wider shot showing the whole cubicle with Neo still in his seat, the envelope is now resting partway on top of the keyboard. Then when he stoops next to his desk after nervously crouching about in his own cubicle wondering to Morpheus what the unknown group of men who is coming to his office wants from him, the overhead shot shows the envelope now closer to the edge of the desk (bottom of the screen), well clear of the keyboard. Yet in another shot from outside the cubicle just a little later, as he makes a dash out of his office according to Morpheus' instructions, the envelope is back resting on the keyboard. Those FedEx packages must really move. Also, what's the deal with the cable that's unplugged on his desk? (00:13:27)

Revealing mistake: When Neo shoots the guy with the newspaper at the beginning of the lobby scene it is obviously a prop. It is very thick paper stuck together almost like cardboard because the individual pages are not seen where it rips. Also it would be near impossible to split a newspaper like that even though it does take a few bullets. (01:37:15)

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)

Visible crew/equipment: In the Oracle's house, when Neo is watching the spoon, a reflection of the camera is visible on it.

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: Due to the popularity of the film, Carrie-Ann Moss stated that it is impossible for her to go out wearing sunglasses because she is so easily recognizable - her character Trinity constantly wears sunglasses in the film.

Allister Cooper, 2011

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Question: How did Neo know about the existence of the Matrix if he was stuck in the Matrix for most of his life?

Answer: He doesn't know that he's plugged into a giant computer and that most of humanity is a power source for robots. He's merely aware that there is something wrong with life in general, something odd that he can't quite explain.

Gary O'Reilly

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