The Matrix

Continuity mistake: In the fight in the toilet between Morpheus and Agent Smith, they're on the floor and Smith has his glasses on. Smith prises Morpheus' hands off him, punches him back against the wall, stands up in a menacing way, and his glasses aren't on any more. He wasn't hit at any point in that brief exchange, so where have his sunglasses disappeared to? [Only in the UK version - the BBFC's got a thing against headbutts, so cut several out from the film. In this case it caused Smith's sunglasses to disappear for no reason.] (01:20:30)

Factual error: In the subway scene, Trinity answers the phone, and the hobo becomes agent Smith. Smith shoots at Trinity, but the bullet hits the phone, which explodes to the right. Considering the bullets direction, the phone should explode to the left. (01:54:05)

Continuity mistake: When Neo is in the helicopter firing the automatic weapon into the building he is moving the gun horizontally. The bullets strike vertically, though, starting from the floor near the window and traveling upwards towards the back wall of the room. There are two shots that show this.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene right after Neo steals a man's cellular phone, we see him running down an alley with the back of his shirt untucked from his pants. After cutting back from the agent who's chasing him, we see that Neo's shirt has miraculously tucked itself back into his pants.

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Continuity mistake: When the guard asks Neo to remove any metallic items after he sets off the metal detector, Neo's coat is open, and he's just got a T-shirt on, with no guns strapped to him. In the closeup, all the guns are visible. Most are down the side, but we should have seen the pistols in his belt from the earlier angle. If nothing else, with his coat open as much as it was, the guard should have spotted the weapons even before he opened it further... (01:37:00)

Continuity mistake: When Tank comes into Neo's room and talks to him, just before his training, note that there is a rip in Tank's shirt near his right shoulder. Near the end of the scene, the shot changes to Neo, then when it cuts back to Tank, there's no rip. When it cuts to Neo and back to Tank again, the rip is there.

Continuity mistake: When Neo puts his glasses on at the end and looks up you can see a blonde woman walk behind him left to right. In the very next shot from above him there is no one behind him except a large empty pavement. The woman has disappeared. (02:03:45)

Revealing mistake: 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)

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Continuity mistake: When Neo kills all the agents with the minigun and Morpheus releases himself from the handcuffs, as Smith shoots Morpheus through the wall, a close-up shows him almost dry when in the previous shot he was completely wet. (01:49:25)

Continuity mistake: In the lobby shoot up scene, when Trinity kicks the shotgun into her hands, watch carefully. She shoots, cocks, then the shot changes to her cocking again. And then, a shell comes out of the shotgun right after the shot. (01:38:45)

Continuity mistake: Near the end of the movie after agent Smith shoots Neo. Trinity is whispering to Neo, as she leans toward him there is a small strand of hair on Trinity's right temple slowly falling down on her face. The shot changes to Neo's face and back to Trinity where her hair is now perfectly in place and the strand is gone.

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning of the movie, where Trinity runs from the agents, she jumps towards a window. She turns slowly in the air, eventually facing upwards when she crashes through the window, no longer turning. From the inside shot, however, she comes through it face down (so she can roll forwards down the stairs). (00:04:55)

Continuity mistake: When Cipher is making the deal, one second he is holding his cigar in his right hand, then all of a sudden it is in his left. (01:02:25)

Revealing mistake: Near the start, when Trinity runs away from Agent Smith, jumps off the building, crashes through the window, rolls down the stairs and gets out two guns, when she jumps from the building, it is obviously a stunt double.

Continuity mistake: When Morpheus and Neo are fighting in the training simulation, just after Morpheus says, "You think that's air you're breathing now?" there is a pause before he prompts Neo, "Again." The shot goes to others watching on the monitors, notice Dozer looks to his left in the direction of Mouse. In the next shot the camera cuts to Cypher and Trinity (who are sitting behind Mouse) but Dozer's head is now facing the opposite direction it should be. (00:50:10)

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Continuity mistake: When Trinity and Neo have rescued Morpheus and are flying through the air, Neo drops Morpheus then Neo lands, but Neo is halfway on the rooftop, yet when he grabs hold of the rope and is dragged along the rooftop, he is sliding almost the entire length of the rooftop. (01:46:05)

The-Immortal

Continuity mistake: When Agent Smith is fighting with Neo in the subway, Neo's back is against a pillar. The area of the pillar which Agent Smith punches away with the first punch is visible before Neo ducks, and then he punches it away. You have to look carefully, because it only appears for a very short period of time. (01:50:35)

Visible crew/equipment: When Trinity asks Neo 'How did you do that?' after he's dodged the bullets the white reflective screen is visible in the left lens of her glasses. (01:42:35)

Continuity mistake: When Neo and Morpheus are in the matrix simulation program, look at the people behind Smith as he draws his weapon. Normal. Then, when he is frozen and Neo looks back at him, you will see that all of the people are facing towards Neo or walking towards him. (00:54:50)

Other mistake: In the bullet-time sequence in the subway station the lighting on Neo and Agent Smith doesn't change even as they spin round each other, principally because they were in a green screen chamber with even lighting to shoot the movie. It sticks out because the lighting on the CGI set (for the bullet-time shot) is pretty dim with light in specific areas. (01:50:10)

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: In the entire film, there are only two "homegrown", real humans - Tank and Dozer. They both have names of machines.

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