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This was discussed by the notoriously secretive Wachowskis in one of the very few interviews they did (at the insistence of their distributor) in order to promote film to overseas audiences. Wachowskis: One of the things we tried to do with the Neb for when we were shooting “in the real world” was use long lenses to separate the humans from the ...


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Out of universe, why is this scene in the movie? Because it showcases that Tank sees Neo. He is not limited to what Neo tells him on the phone, he is actually tracking his position. Until then, it would have been possible that the operator is not directly aware of where the others are, they could be basing themselves on what they've been told (1), or what ...


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The earpiece represents both an figurative and, apparently, actual connection between the Agent programs and the Matrix mainframe. You can see at multiple points in the movie, an Agent will receive information from their earpiece directing them where the humans are. They also likely receive orders the same way. (In "real" computer programming the earpiece ...


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Yes, they are killing those people in real life. This was justified by claiming they were trying to save the human race as a whole, and that those people were (unknowingly) fighting against that goal. Here's the quote from the girl in the red dress training program: The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you're inside, you ...


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There are plenty of animals in the Matrix and several seen in the real world (see below) however the word of god answer is that none of the animals seen inside the Matrix are real: TheTrinityACMXCL: What about the animals in the Matrix? Are they real animals or just computer-generated images? Wachowski Bros: Sadly, they are all computer generated ...


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One of Morpheus's first lines references Alice in Wonderland. But, just how deep does the rabbit hole go? I am of the opinion that Zion and the rest of the real world isn't actually the real world. Humans are rebellious by nature, so what the Architect said about Zion needing to exist makes sense. But as long as the humans believe they escaped from the ...


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This was addressed in one of the rare interviews that the Wachowskis gave in order to promote the film. In short, the poverty of difference in the outfits and the duplication of the characters are down to laziness on the part of the (in-universe) designer of the training program, Mouse. Since the program is over within seconds, it's simply there to serve a ...


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All of the machine characters we see in the movie are just doing the job they have been programmed to do, without questioning it. Even characters like The Oracle, who acts as a sort of counter-agent to the Matrix, is actually designed to be that way; she is the program built to represent the idea of free will, vs. the architect, who represents predestination....


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This was sort of explained in the first movie by Agent Smith. He explained that the first Matrix was designed as a utopia, but that the humans connected to it rejected the program, and "entire crops [of human Duracells] were lost". He goes on to say that the Matrix was redesigned into its current form, "the peak of your civilization". So it was done to ...


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Zion wasn't just a refugee camp, it was also an armed base sending soldiers into the Matrix to locate new recruits. Ironically (and unbeknownst to the Zionese rebels), they were actually helping the Machines by using their skill and cunning to locate, remove and then contain potential troublemakers in one place. Once the numbers in Zion reach a critical ...


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Rather than going by technical, real-world definitions, let's use the in-universe description of a virus: 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 realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural ...


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Maybe 1999 was the era that had the longest life expectancy for the average human. Neo: If you're killed in the Matrix, you die here? Morpheous: The body cannot live without the mind. Maybe the machines thought humans would relive their past, and in the early 20th century they would have major wars that resulted in "entire crops" being lost. Or a ...


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In the interviews with the Wachowski Brothers they said they wanted to make it look like the old PC green feel and look. WachowskiBros: One of the things we tried to do with the Neb for when we were shooting “in the real world” was use long lenses to separate the humans from the backgrounds as opposed to when we shot the Matrix we used short lenses ...


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Smith likely called the Oracle "Mom" as a reference to the fact that she is the "mother" of the Matrix, rather than as an indication that she was his creator. There are several reasons why this is the case. The first is that every program, including the Oracle, has one purpose. Her purpose was to investigate the human psyche, not write Agent programs to ...


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They don't kill the potential Ones, but they all typically end up dying anyway. What Cypher is talking about is Morpheus plan to train Neo and send him against the agents; because the Agents are programs, they can break the rules of the system better than any plugged-in human, no matter how well trained. Only The One, with his implicit control over the ...


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If The Matrix had been a stand-alone movie the statement Morpheus makes would have in-fact been true. In the very final battle between Neo and the Agents, we see that Neo is capable of stopping bullets and goes from fighting Agent Smith 2 handed, to using a single hand, to not having to fight at all and simply jumping into him to destroy him. The sequels ...


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At the start of the film, Neo is fascinated by Morpheus. When we first see him, he has fallen asleep in front of his computer, which is displaying news stories and articles related to Morpheus, including a recent-looking photo of him. We know Morpheus sometimes returns to the Matrix on missions for the resistance, so probably Neo is reading about these ...


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Both pills have a very specific physiological impact. The blue pill appears to have some sort of sedative effect inside the Matrix whereas the red pill disrupts the individual's "carrier signal" outside the Matrix, causing them to hallucinate and then be ejected from the Matrix. Taking both pills would most likely result in the taker becoming unconscious ...


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It's not like Trinity made a prophecy that would take years to be confirmed. As she was talking via chat with Neo, she knew that a person with a White Rabbit Tattoo was headed towards Neo's appartment. I can see two in-universe sources for this information : If Trinity is outside the Matrix at this time, she could see it directly via reading the Matrix ...


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The role of the little girl (Sati) is a bit tricky, because it is a bit hidden. Remember when the Oracle and the Architect were talking hanging out at the end of Revolutions? Why aren't they rebuilding the Matrix? Or at least helping? Because it's not their duty any more, it's not their Matrix. The machines used all incarnations of The One as a tool to ...


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It did try to kill him (or at least recycle him) As a matter of fact, the Doc Bot did attempt to kill him almost immediately after it unplugged his ports, by flushing him down into a sewer where he would have drowned if there hadn't been a ship waiting for him. This seems to be standard procedure for any body that it reads as having been ejected from the ...


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Within the film canon, the precise nature of the "blue-pill" isn't described although we can infer from the quote from Morpheus that it's a sedative; 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. In ...


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You might find this page useful. It details even vague connections, themes and references that each name in The Matrix has, including some for Thomas A. Anderson, those mainly being: Thomas means "Twin", in reference to the fact that he's been "living two lives", one as Thomas and the other as Neo. Thomas is also the name of one of Jesus' disciples, namely "...


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The Architect's claim that Zion is just another form of control. Councillor Hamann's comment about Zion being dependent on machines may have been a hint to Neo. The fact that the machines do not chase hoverships or drill more often or with more determination. They had a massive swarm of machines at their disposal (which they finally used on the assault on ...


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Referring to the various canon sources, we can see a number of reasons why the machines chose to create a Matrix for the humans rather than simply using cows or pigs; Animatrix Canon At the end of the sequence "Second Renaissance - Part II", we see the machine negotiator at the UN receiving (and accepting) the Human negotiator's "Instrument of Surrender". ...


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Ok... to me this seems pretty simple. Neo is able to affect things in the matrix that normal people can't - he has escalated privileges, superuser access even above that of the Agents. Why shouldn't he be able to affect other parts of the machine infrastructure beyond the matrix simulators? Then the only question is how are his wishes communicated to the ...


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The Architect is using some flowery technobabble to explain something called cumulative error - a tiny error in a computation that compounds itself as the computation keeps going. For example, in math-intensive computer programs, you need to be careful how you handle things like rounding calculations, or else tiny rounding errors can accumulate into big ...


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There are a couple of in-universe theories that have been written about before (see #4 here). We've previously told you about a popular interpretation which holds that the "real" world of Zion is still part of the Matrix; Keanu had just moved up to another level of simulation, like in Inception. But this more elaborate theory is more interesting in my ...


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He's referencing what one of the potentials at the Oracle said to him earlier in the film. Do not try to bend the spoon — that's impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth: there is no spoon. It's the idea that The Matrix is all just an elaborate illusion, and can be controlled by a wilful mind - just as the potential (and Neo) warped the ...


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I seem to be in the minority here but I don't think the blue pill itself does anything remarkable. It's a placebo, or possibly an ordinary in-Matrix sedative. I base this on two things. First, there is an elegance to it. Why would it be necessary for the blue pill to do anything at all? And if it is just a placebo, it's a perfect symbol for accepting ...


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