Trivia: It's been said that Neo being an anagram for "one". I think it's more important to realise that Neo means "new". His real name is Thomas Anderson. He is called Thomas at the beginning of the movie, when he doubts the truth -- that the world as he knows it is not real. Thomas is the "doubting" disciple in the Bible. Moreover, Anderson means "son of man". Hence, Neo Anderson is the New Son of Man. The biblical references go on and on... Trinity, Nebucadnezzar (the name of the ship -- in fact, the name plate on the ship makes reference to a verse in Mark chapter 3), Zion... So not only is Neo "the One", he has gone from being the doubter to the new son of man.
Trivia: When Neo is at work in his supervisor's office getting yelled at, notice the window washers. When the camera shoots from the outside of the building, look at the soap on the window.. it strangely resembles the Matrix pattern as displayed on a computer screen. Also take notice of the look of confusion on Neo's face - like he had seen that pattern somewhere before.
Trivia: The free land, Zion, is a reference to Mt. Zion in Jerusalem, where the Dome of the Rock stands on the peak, and where the Jewish Temple was once. In the end of time, according to the Revelation, there will be 'a new Jerusalem', and Zion was frequently used in the bible as another name for Jerusalem.
Trivia: Some people have complained that many scenes in the movie have a greenish tint to them. This is deliberate on the part of the filmmakers and is meant to be a clue to the viewer -- all scenes that occur within the Matrix have the green tint overlaying them, while the rest of the movie does not. All scenes in the real world are blue-tinted.
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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: 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.
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.
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.
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: 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.