During the scene at the club, The Merovingian is wearing his tie in a fashion that is actually called Merovingian tie-knot.
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The street corner where Neo and Smith fight in the crater is the same corner from which Neo made his phone call at the end of The Matrix (1999) - the corner of Pitt, Hunter, and O'Connell Streets in Sydney, Australia. You can see the phone booth to the right when they hit the ground.
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In an unprecendented simultaneous global release, this film opened at exactly the same moment in every major city in the world on November 5: 6 a.m. in Los Angeles, 9 a.m. in New York City, 2 p.m. in London, 5 p.m. in Moscow, 11 p.m. in Tokyo, November 6 at 1 a.m. in Sydney, and at corresponding times in over fifty additional countries worldwide.
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Many of the "raindrops" in the final fight between Neo and Smith are actually single lines of Matrix code, similar to those on displays seen in the "real world" throughout the trilogy. This subtle effect was added to imply the Matrix was beginning to destabilize. This visual trick was easily seen on IMAX and larger movie theaters, but can be seen on smaller televisions as banded rain that seems to "jump" like static during close-ups of the fight scenes.
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Only one full-size APU was ever built. It was completely rendered in Auto-CAD, and parts were made detachable, so that for scenes involving different pilots and APUs, the detail work could be altered. The full model weighed around two tons.
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The "product placement" billboards in the subway chase scene were added in post-production - during shooting, the poster spaces were occupied by dilapidated posters for a fictional movie called "Burly Man", starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, and Hugo Weaving.
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A machine called "The Tuning Fork" (rotatable at 360 degrees) was specially constructed for the effect of Neo and Smith fighting in the air, heading upwards into the sky.
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The late Gloria Foster and her replacement Mary Alice had played sisters in a long-running Broadway play, something which casting director Mali Finn remembered when she was looking around for a replacement for Foster.
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The name of the station between the Machine World and The Matrix is called Mobil Ave. Mobil is an anagram of Limbo, the traditional station between Heaven and Earth, according to Catholicism. This anagram has additional subtext since Keanu Reeves is dyslexic.
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In the scene where Morpheus, Trinity, and Seraph are chasing the Trainman, an advertisement for Tastee Wheat can be seen. Tastee Wheat was mentioned in The Matrix (1999) when Mouse was trying to describe the food in the real world.
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Gloria Foster died before she could complete any scenes for the third film, as well as Enter the Matrix (2003). Mary Alice took the role of the Oracle for both the third movie and the game. In "Revolutions", the initial conversation when Morpheus and Trinity meet the "new" Oracle was adapted to reference her changed appearance. The alternative was to have Morpheus and Trinity pretend not to notice, which perhaps would have been even more awkward.
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Keanu Reeves reportedly earned $15 million for the film, the equivalent of $400,000 for every minute of screentime.
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During the final fight sequence between Neo and Agent Smith and also during the credits, the following Sanskrit sloka is recited in a westernised style: "Asatoma Sat Gamaya, Tamasoma Jyotir Gamaya, Mrityorma Anritam Gamaya", which means "Lead me from the unreal to the Real, Lead me from the darkness to the Light, Lead me from the temporary to the Eternal".
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Maggie and Captain Rowland both briefly mention the term "VDTs" to describe a possible cause to what happened to Bane, and why he has self-inflicted cuts (not knowing that Bane is possessed by Agent Smith). However, VDTs are never defined or explained throughout the entire movie. Several sources claim that VDTs stand for "Virtual Delirium Tremens", which is the virtual form of "Delirium Tremens", a form of delirium caused by the absence and/or withdrawal of certain substances.
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Though never mentioned by name, based on information from The Animatrix (2003) the Machine City is actually called "Zero-One" and located in the Empty Quarter in Saudi Arabia. This, as well as Zion as the last human settlement, would imply most of the main action of the film franchise takes place in the Middle East.
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The ship referred to as the Hammer was actually named the Mjolnir, after Thor's hammer. The hammer in the Norse legends always returned to its master, sparking lightning and thunder along the way. Like the hammer, the ship returned to its master (Zion), with its own lightning and thunder.
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Sati is the ancient Hindu practice of a widow immolating herself on her husband's funeral pyre. This practice is now illegal in India. According to Hindu mythology, Sati is the name of a Hindu goddess who burns herself, as she could not bear the insult heaped upon her husband Lord Shiva.
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The key of the beginning theme you hear at the beginning of every Matrix movie (rousing strings and horn blasts) ascends with each movie. The Matrix (1999) starts in the key of E minor, The Matrix Reloaded (2003) ascends a whole step to F-sharp minor, and The Matrix Revolutions (2003) ascends half a step to the key of G minor.
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Seraph is the singular of Seraphim, a Hebrew word that literally means in English: "the burning ones". However, the word in Hebrew is another name for "Angels".
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There are 804 visual effects shots, almost all of them containing some kind of a live-action element.
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The special effects crew spent two months designing the apparatus to make the perfect rain drop.
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Composer Don Davis thought it would be wasteful for the choir to be singing simple "ooohs" and "aaahs" during the climactic battle cue, "Neodämmerung". (In one interview he joked that he would have had them sing "This is the one, see what he does".) He asked that the Wachowskis (Lilly Wachowski and Lana Wachowski) to bring him some sort of text, appropriate to the movie, which the choir would sing. They returned with extracts from the Upanisads, which reflect the themes of the trilogy. The full lyrics of Neodämmerung are available on Davis' website.
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Mary Alice played Laurence Fishburne's mother in his first professional stage appearance, when he was ten years old.
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The crew of the Hammer all have names related to firearms. AK refers to the Kalashnikov series of automatic rifles. Colt and Mauser are the names of firearms manufacturers. And Maggie is short for Magnum.
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Zion, from Hebrew, refers to the citadel in Palestine, which was the nucleus of Jerusalem, or the Jewish homeland that is symbolic of Judaism, or of Jewish national aspiration. However, the word has also been adopted by the Rastafari, referring to their promised land (which is thought to be Ethiopia), and given the vibe, music style, robes, et cetera. of the underground dwelling of Zion, this is probably the meaning that inspired its inclusion in the movie.
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When Neo goes to see The Oracle in her apartment, the jazz standard "I'm Beginning to See the Light" is playing in the background; a different version of the same song also plays in the corresponding scene in The Matrix (1999).
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In The Matrix, the human resistance reveal that they do not know what the year is, but that it is closer to 2199 than 1999. In The Matrix Reloaded, it is revealed that the resistance has been created and destroyed five times, each cycle lasting approximately a century, and therefore it is likely to be hundreds of years later than this.
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In the score for the first film, some cues were given names which were anagrams of "The Matrix" or "Wachowski Brothers". Here, the cue backing Neo and Trinity's approach the machine city is named "Saw Bitch Workhorse".
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To make this film visually distinctive from its predecessor, most of the action takes place in the real world; in The Matrix Reloaded (2003), most of the action occurred inside the Matrix.
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The face of the "Deus ex Machina" was modeled after photographs of Lilly Wachowski's infant nephew.
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When Morpheus, Trinity, and Seraph enter the elevator to Merovingian's club, Morpheus presses the red "HELP" button to descend. However, the letter "P" was defaced, so that the button reads "HEL."
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The storyline is continued in The Matrix Online (2005).
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All three Matrix movies have at least one dance-club type scene. In this movie, it is within the Merovingian's dwelling after the shoot-out.
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The second live-action film to be released in both regular and IMAX theaters at the same time.
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When Morpheus, Trinity and Seraph encounter the Merovingian at the club, he says "You have fought through Hel to do so. Yes?" Hel was the button Morpheus pressed on the elevator to get to the clubs floor.
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Before she could film her scenes, Gloria Foster passed away, and The Wachowskis had to re-cast the role of The Oracle, which Mary Alice was cast. The Wachowskis decided to establish that, in The Matrix universe, programs living in The Matrix can change, and choose their forms and appearances.
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The film dropped 66 percent in total earnings in its second week of release.
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Eva Mendes, Samantha Mumba, Brandy Norwood, and Tatyana Ali were all rumored to be possible replacements for the character of Zee, after the initial choice Aaliyah died in a plane crash on August 25, 2001. Nona Gaye (daughter of late Motown legend Marvin Gaye) was eventually cast in the role.
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The brand of cigarettes the Oracle smokes is "Double Destiny".
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While Trinity is chasing the Trainman in the subway, an advertisement for Powerade can be seen. When The Matrix Reloaded (2003) was released in theatres, Matrix-based commercials for Powerade aired on U.S. television.
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The 2003 Super Bowl trailer, the only one which incorporates both back-to-back sequels "Reloaded" and "Revolutions", is said by some fans to feature all the men and women that are plugged into The Matrix waking up from The Matrix and emerging from their pods. However neither copies of the trailer downloaded in 2003 nor versions of the trailer in modern home video releases show this. Subsequent trailers are all for either one movie or the other (and do not show people waking up from the Matrix either either). This wouldn't have made any sense to show this, given that the events supposedly depicted do not happen in either movie.
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Merovingian refers to the first Frankish dynasty reigning from about A.D. 500 to 751.
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Neo is an anagram for One.
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the lighting in the Neo/Smith fight resembles the wings of a devil growing out of Smith. With an idea of the film being that Neo is Jesus Christ, this presents an idea that this is a fight between Christ and the Devil for the sake of the world.
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Sati (Sathi) means "friend" in Nepali, the most common language in the country of Nepal.
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The first film to premiere in the brand new Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.
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The twin handguns Seraph uses in the coat check shoot-out are Browning BDM pistols.
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In an interview on the Team Deakins podcast in the summer of 2020, The Matrix trilogy's director of photography described working on the sequels as a negative experience, saying, "Everything that was good about the first experience was not good about the last two. We weren't free anymore. People were looking at you. There was a lot of pressure. In my heart, I didn't like them. I felt we should be going in another direction. There was a lot of friction and a lot of personal problems, and it showed up on screen to be honest with you. It was not my most elevated moment, nor was it anyone else's. The Wachowskis had read this damn book by Stanley Kubrick that said, 'Actors don't do natural performances until you wear them out.' So let's go to take 90! I want to dig Stanley Kubrick up and kill him."
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Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits.
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Jada Pinkett Smith (Niobe) and Mary Alice (The Oracle) both appeared in the TV series "A Different World".
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Laurence Fishburne and Harry Lennix have appeared in 3 films together, the last one would be Man of Steel (2013).
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In the last scene of the film, the bench the Oracle sits on has a small metal dedication plate on it that says "in Memory of Thomas Anderson".
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Ian Bliss was cast as Bane, in part because of his dead-on impression of Hugo Weaving (Agent Smith), and for his partial resemblance to Weaving.
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The last scene of the movie set in the park is the only time in all three movies that greenery and a blue sky are seen inside the Matrix.
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The black cat at the end of the film is the same one in the "déjà-vu" scene from The Matrix (1999). It even meows in the same way.
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The name of the climactic battle cue, "Neodämmerung" is derived from the German word Götterdämmerung, literally "twilight of the gods". It was the title of part of Richard Wagner's opera "Der Ring des Nibelungen" ("The Ring of the Nibelung") on Norse mythology. Götterdämmerung told the story of the Ragnarok or Ragnarokkr ("twilight of the gods" or "fate of the gods"), a final, fatal battle which destroyed the home of the gods - and the gods themselves - forever. Even though they knew what would happen, the gods fought for the survival of mankind. The title is appropriate not just for its thematic content, but also Wagner's strong influence on the music of this movie.
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In The Matrix (1999), when Morpheus tells Neo the story about The One, he states that The Oracle prophesied The One's return and his hailing would bring about the destruction of The Matrix, and end the war between man and machine. At the end of the movie, the war is indeed ended, but The Matrix is not destroyed when an assimilated Neo destroys Agent Smith once and for all; the Matrix is reset and the truth about it revealed to the human population, who are given a chance to be freed. In The Matrix (1999), Morpheus already mentioned that the Oracle tells you "exactly what you need[ed] to hear", and that "there's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path". In an earlier scene, he explained that "most of these people [inside the Matrix] are not ready to be unplugged". Morpheus' statements in the first film thus foreshadowed the ending of The Matrix Revolutions.
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In spite of this film officially ending the Matrix movie trilogy, a continuation in the form of The Matrix Resurrections (2021) was announced 16 years later, slated for a 2022 release. This came after months of speculation of a reboot, but the film has been described as a proper follow-up that sees the return of Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, as well as original director Lana Wachowski who also co-wrote the screenplay. Although there is no active role (yet) for her sister Lilly Wachowski, Lana already confirmed that the movie will be based on "ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality [that] are even more relevant now".
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