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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)


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)

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.

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: I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species, and I realised that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment; but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply, and multiply, until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer on this planet, you are a plague, and we...are the cure. (01:02:20)

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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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