I am always fascinated by the art style of the scenes in and around the derelict houses in the Matrix movies.
I know that in the computer game Kingpin, the surroundings look similar.
Is there a name for this style?
The film's production designer describes these sets as "distressed" and "dilapidated".
TheMatrix.com: It is impressive that they look aged.
Owen: Yes, that is a cross over into various areas of the department. Peter Collias, the scenic artist, was pulled in to age a lot of this stuff. With these sets we have a fortunate mix between contemporary society, which is the glass and steel of the Matrix world, and the world where the city has moved on, which the computer is ignoring because it is irrelevant to this particular time frame in the Matrix. It has a more dilapidated look, an aged look with rust and peeling wallpaper. For a lot of our sets, like in the Lafayette Hotel, we have had the opportunity to be able to distress the walls, carpets and curtains so that everything within them feels like a rotting, wet, urban, repulsive, maggotry.