The Matrix

Trivia: Almost every line spoken by Neo's "customer" in the beginning of the film ("You're my savior," "You don't exist," etc.) is foreshadowing.

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)

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


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Continuity mistake: When Agent Smith is interrogating Neo, after Smith has sealed Neo's mouth shut and he is backed into the corner, when the camera cuts back to Smith you can clearly see a reflection in his glasses of Neo still sitting down in the chair. (00:19:50)

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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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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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