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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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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 backgrounds ...


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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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In-Universe. Once Neo has seen the literal light [of the real-world], the Matrix seems other-worldly and wrong to him. This includes the painfully bright exteriors. Per the original 1996 version of the script. EXT. HOTEL LAFAYETTE (MATRIX) - DAY Neo squints into the sun that seems unnaturally bright. He is the only one without sunglasses. Note that they'...


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We don't know that Smith was being truthful when he said his colleagues believed he was wasting his time with Neo. It's certainly conceivable that he was telling the truth, as he's clearly established to be a bit... different from other Agents later on in the film, and in the sequels. But it's just as conceivable that he was employing a version of the 'good ...


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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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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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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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I did a little bit more research, and found something interesting. Agent Smith’s vehicle has a license plate on the front, which contains a Bible verse, as seen below: That verse, which is Isaiah 54:16, translates to: “Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created ...


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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. The 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 "...


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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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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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Some references: The two other leads in the Matrix are both religious references. Trinity is the Christian conception of the godhead three-in-one. Morpheus is the Greek god of Dreams. The Oracle is heavily based on the Oracle at Delphi, a priestess of the Greek god Apollo. Apoc is presumably short for Apocalypse, another name for the Book of Revelation. ...


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Per the Architect in The Matrix Reloaded: The first Matrix I designed was quite naturally perfect, it was a work of art, flawless, sublime. A triumph equaled only by its monumental failure. The inevitability of its doom is apparent to me now as a consequence of the imperfection inherent in every human being. Thus, I redesigned it based on your history to ...


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I'm unclear whether it's a case of the tail wagging the dog, but it's notable that Agent Smith's car (in Matrix Reloaded) has the plate IS5416 (Isiah 54:16) "Behold, I have created the smith who blows the fire of coals, and produces a weapon for its purpose. I have also created the ravager to destroy..." This seems a pretty solid description of Agent ...


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