The Matrix

Trivia: The scene in which Cypher breaks the window and jacks out of the Matrix, was shot in Australia. The room where the phone was set was supposedly the room where a man hung himself years before. This was never confirmed, but in a shot of the room, a ghostly outline of a man can be seen behind Cypher. This is indicated by the directors in The Art of The Matrix.

Trivia: At the beginning of the movie when Trinity is being chased across the rooftops, halfway across there is a sign for a weapon. It's the same type the agents use, the Desert Eagle.

Trivia: When Neo is in the office on the phone with Morpheus trying to escape, look at the pictures on the wall to the right of Neo's head, they look like they're objects covered with the Matrix Code, much like when Neo comes back to life and he looks at the agents, and we see the Matrix code. (00:15:27)

Trivia: When Neo gets into the car with Trinity and Switch for the first time, Switch calls him, "Coppertop" later on, you see Morpheus say "all to turn humans into this..." and it is a Coppertop battery.

Trivia: When Neo is fighting and falls in slow motion to a complete stop, and then the camera pans around him completely stationary in mid-air, he fell through a ring of SLR still cameras which were all triggered simultaneously.

Trivia: The scene showing the sentinels coming for the first time is a large allusion to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. It's a combination of the scenes where Lando and Chewie fly the Falcon after getting Luke's hand fixed, and the asteroid field scene. Luke, having just gotten a new hand, sort of limps in the cockpit with Leia; in the Matrix, Neo just woke up and hobbles in with Trinity. The cockpit is almost identical, and Morpheus says Star Wars lines from the asteroid field scene, "Set her down there" and "Here they come."

Trivia: In the scene where Neo and Morpheus go to see the Oracle, there is a blind man sitting across from the elevator who acknowledges them despite being blind. In Greek mythology, characters associated with prophesies tend to be blind, such as the blind prophet Tiresias from "The Odyssey", "Oedipus the King", and "Antigone." Considering how Neo is about to meet with the Oracle for the first time, this may be a nod to that common occurrence in Greek literature. (01:09:15)


Trivia: When the agents corner Neo in an alleyway, he doesn't see the door until Tank tells him it's there. In the building, Tank tells Neo to go to the door on his left but Neo goes right and Tank says "Your other left!" Both these events foreshadow the choice of The One in "The Matrix Reloaded" - that Neo is subconsciously programmed to choose the door on his right. (01:55:10)


Trivia: All of the main action inside the Matrix takes place at The Heart of the City Hotel. This is a metaphor on a couple of levels: Using the heart in the world of the mind (the Matrix) entails being in love (Trinity and Neo), which is what ultimately saves them. The second metaphor is tied to the first: The hotel is in the heart/center of the city (inside the Matrix), but the heart (the organ) is at the center of the story; love is needed to conquer the Matrix.

Trivia: Neo is "the one", notice how Neo is an anagram for one.

Trivia: The cutting-edge "bullet time" effect was achieved by arranging 120 still cameras around the subject on a green-screen stage. Every camera would take a photo in sequence over a (very) short span of time, and the photos were then arranged, creating the illusion that time was slowed down and the camera was moving inhumanly fast. Early frame-interpolation software was also used to smooth the shot, since gaps between the cameras made the movement a bit jittery. A CGI background was then added.


Trivia: The green code which makes up the Matrix was created when a production designer scanned in Sushi recipes from his wife's cookbooks.


Trivia: In an interview, Lily and Lana Wachowski both stated that if they had to choose between the red pill or the blue pill, they both would have taken the blue pill.

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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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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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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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