I mean if you leave out the dramatic effect of it in the movie as whole. I would like to think that Neo's choice to save Trinity rather than the whole World seemed quite dumb. I mean, even after saving her at that moment, he could not save her in the machine city. What could possibly have urged him to save 1 person over the World even if he loves her?

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    If you leave out dramatic effects of the whole movie, you're not left with much.
    – Tango
    Commented Mar 8, 2012 at 15:55
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    I thought of matrix as a very logical movie... hence the statement
    – MozenRath
    Commented Mar 8, 2012 at 16:09
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    @MozenRath logical? Hope that was sarcasm :) Commented Mar 8, 2012 at 17:05
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    Maybe he's just hot for brunettes in PVC...
    – user14002
    Commented Jun 10, 2013 at 11:11
  • Hmm... a world full of @#%^s or a hot leggy brunette girlfriend... I'm thinking...
    – Omegacron
    Commented Jul 10, 2015 at 19:03

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The key point here is that Neo hasn't been offered the choice "Save Trinity or save the human race". He's been offered the choice "Save Trinity or save a few other people, handpicked, while the machines massacre 99.9% of the free humans." And option B involves collaborating with the Architect, who represents everything Neo despises about the machines.

Both choices are repugnant, impossible. But he only has the Architect's word for it that option B is necessary, and that the world would end if it wasn't taken. As it turns out, this was wrong. (Neo had reason to think so, too - clearly the Oracle didn't agree that no better alternative was possible.)

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    @MozenRath: Neo didn't know at first, but the Architect pretty much flat out states that with every previous One they've wiped out Zion and rebuilt it with the One and a small selection of survivors. Neo can easily guess what's happening after that. (The big unpleasant surprise of the movie, after all, is supposed to be that Zion is just a bigger trap. Redpills always happen - the Matrix can't work unless humans are free enough that some reject it - so the machines let them build a real-world city... and they know where it is.
    – Tynam
    Commented Mar 8, 2012 at 23:40
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    And yes, I think it's pretty strongly implied that the Architect and the Oracle are opponents. The Architect is all rules and no empathy and wants the Matrix to be an unfeeling human-trap; the Oracle is all empathy and no rules and wants freedom for humans and rogue software alike.
    – Tynam
    Commented Mar 8, 2012 at 23:42
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    I don't think it is so much that they are opponents as that they are different facets of the matrix system in dynamic tension. The matrix couldn't work without both of them. Commented Jun 21, 2012 at 5:55
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    @WilliamBSwift: True; that's why I said 'opponents' not 'enemies'. Neither is trying to kill the other directly; it's more like opposing debate teams. Only the audience is easily persuaded, and has live ammo.
    – Tynam
    Commented Jun 21, 2012 at 9:16
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    @Tynam - it's more like two sides of the same coin. The Oracle & The Architect are the yin & yang of the system... two opposing ends of the same spectrum.
    – Omegacron
    Commented Jul 10, 2015 at 19:06

As Tynam states, Neo despising the Architect (due to his previous indoctrination by Morpheus!) played a role, but it is safe to assume that the previous Ones weren't exactly the biggest fan of the machines. Thus we cannot take any of that as a logical explanation for his deviation from his previous versions (the double meaning of "versions" is not intended).

If we can trust the Architect (I believe we can very safely assume he wouldn't knowingly state the untrue!) Trinity is the only factor that Neo hasn't in common with its predecessors; The only reason for him to choose the "apocalypse". I'm sorry I have to pull out the same argument twice in a day, but that's the plain answer to your question.


The equation is not either/or. It is about balance. The unknown variable in the equation is "what happens if Neo does not chose the Architect's choice?" To choice the Architect's choice is a given, to not choose it is an unknown. The influence in Neo's choice is Trinity; he chooses Trinity, not Zion. And in choosing Trinity, other unknowns (variables) influence a different outcome. The Oracle said later in the film, that no vision was available for a decision that could not be understood. The Architect could only understand the one decision, the decision that had already been made previous times in history and therefore could see beyond it. But could not understand the decision that Neo made and therefore could not see beyond it.....too many variables.

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