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The green tint is suggestive of the early monochrome cathode monitors, a piece of imagery associated with early computing: The Wachowski's wanted to create a mood palette, so they could cross cut between the Matrix and the Real world and an audience could immediately identify where the action was occuring through the use of such a colour scheme.


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I think it's safe to assume that Neo doesn't put too much effort into his day job, and probably does the minimum he can get away with. Notice the contrast between his cubicle and the computer desk in his apartment where he does his "real" work:


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First, a correction of a misconception. The Oracle never tells Neo he's not the one, he tells himself that. The quote from the Oracle/Neo is: Oracle: Sorry, kid. You got the gift, but it looks like you're waiting for something. Neo: What? Oracle: Your next life, maybe. Who knows? That's the way these things go. The sorry is a little ...


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Agents are certainly aware of what humans see, but only under certain circumstances, which appears to be related to whether what the person sees is normal or not. For example, near the end of the first movie, a tramp sees Neo, Morpheus and Trinity enter the train station: They then make a phone call, and suddenly, one of them disappears right in front of ...


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Well, whatever the reason machines keep humans alive, it is definitely NOT because of humans' excellence in the role of batteries. However it is possible that the machines themselves are spreading that myth. (For example Morpheus would believe anything the Oracle says). That machines don't really need humans for power is revealed in the last part, when the ...


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Part of the purpose of the Matrix is to ensure all humans have an element of choice - the key principle in all of the Matrix films. The Matrix only functions because of choice. Humans have to be able to choose to reject the idealised, fictional world and somehow live in the real world. Therefore, as @SarpSTA states, some humans have to be allowed to escape ...


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As you can see on my SO profile stats, I'm not a terrible programmer. I have zero dead tree books in my cubicle. They are all in electronic format for easier searching. On a related note, if you are a programmer and not familiar with O'Reilly Safari, I would strongly recommend you check it out. My monitor (not computer) can be off for 50% of the 2-4 ...


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Because the Matrix is a rumor in the hacker community. Both Morpheus and Trinity are known within the Matrix as high profile hackers (and Terrorists). News of them is mainstream topics regarding their anti-government actions inside of the simulated world. But mainly, there is the scene before Neo meets Trinity for the first time. ...


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There have been some theories floating around on the internet.... George Orwell's 1984: A tribute to George Orwell's Room 101 in 1984, where a prisoner is subjected to their worst phobia, and has subsequently been used in popular culture to signify a room where an item can be placed to never be again found. Neo has in turn been placed in room ...


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Apparently Keanu Reeves, after the Matrix experience, got hooked on Martial Arts. But as far as the movie is concerned, we're talking about choreography (you learn moves as when you do with dancing). According to The Matrix FAQ on Imdb: The actors that were hired had some kind of physical background; Carrie Anne-Moss was a dancer and Keanu Reeves used ...


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In addition to Crowd T Robot's great answer about how agents detect them: So why aren't they attacked right away? It probably helps to think of the protagonists entering the Matrix as a virus infiltrating a system through a security hole. It can remain undetected for a long time, unless you know exactly where to look for it or it starts messing with ...


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That's a lot of questions. The matrix is a virtual reality. The dark tunnels, the breeding grounds, the Nebuchadnezzar, the bad food, etc., is the real reality. Thomas Anderson is a real person only in the perspective of everybody in the virtual matrix. The red pill did not transform Thomas Anderson, it kind of killed him: The red pill was a "virus" that ...


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An explanation: How about this explanation from thematrix101.com: Q: How does Neo come back to life? Is it Trinity's kiss? A: Not exactly, though interpretations differ slightly. Simplest explanations are always best: Neo is the One. Trinity was told by the Oracle she would fall in love with the One. The One will save humanity and help overthrow ...


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They are using the Construct program which is not necessarily restricted to their "LAN". The Construct is a virtual workspace (or "loading program") created by the Resistance to run simulations or upload virtual objects when they hack into the Matrix. From the same wiki, Later, in preparation for rescuing Morpheus from agents in a heavily fortified ...


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The Matrix, as Morpheus explains, is styled on the 'boom' of humanity: late 20th century earth. Everything about 'normal' life is replicated within the simulation, so yes the occupants of the Matrix will have sex, get pregnant and eventually give birth: believing the baby to be of their genetic creation. However, in the 'Desert of the Real', babies are not ...


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As far as I understand what is happening in that scene, the red pill fakes a death: From the script: The mirror creeps up his neck as Neo begins to panic, tipping his head as though he were sinking into the mirror, trying to keep his mouth up. NEO It's all over me -- Morpheus is right next to him, with the phone. ...


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When they're having that conversation, they're still in the Simulation Program. I think Morpheus meant (more bluntly): Look, I didn't beat you because I have more muscles. This is simulation, you can hack it and break its laws unlike reality where you must submit to them. He says "Do you think that's air you're breathing now?" meaning "There is no air."...


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In addition to the possibility of a mere oversight on the filmmakers' side, it could also be intentionally. This way it emphasizes the sterile and unrealistic feeling Neo has about the world around him, which plays well with him wearing this average joe suit and the very contrast-less visual style of this scene (or many of the in-matrix-scenes). Neo is a ...


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Well, let's think about this, why are only humans used for the harvesting power? Where are all the organisms? You know the ones that don't need the sun. Morpheus: A singular consciousness that spawned an entire race of machines. We don't know who struck first - us, or them. But we know it was us that scorched the sky. At the time they were dependent on ...


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Now that I think about it, I think the biggest inconsistency - besides Neo suddenly gaining power in 'the real world' at the end of the second film - is the travel that Neo takes to get to The Architect in the second film, and The Architect's implication that this Neo is the 7th (or perhaps more - it's been a while since I saw the film) version to meet him. ...


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The biggest one that springs to mind is the fact that he is 'all powerful' within the matrix by the end of the first film, and actually stops it from running. Then in the next film he's just quite good at fighting, but not really omnipotent like in the first film.


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I like the answer @JohnSmithOptional gave. Also, the directors have explained that they thought the color blue was too happy/cheerful, so they chose to make the sky within the Matrix green. The one time that bright blue is used is in the last half hour of the 3rd movie: a ship flies way up above the clouds, in the Real World, and there's a moment of ...


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A similar question (about the liquid mirror) has been asked at the Sci Fi Stack Exchange. The following, although complete speculation, is from the highest rated answer: On one level, the liquid mirror is just a manifestation of the dissolution of the fake reality of the Matrix. It evokes a dreamlike quality in keeping with Morpheus' lines during the ...


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To quote from the movie script: While Tank helps Morpheus, Neo spits blood into his hand. NEO I thought it wasn't real. Neo stares at the blood. NEO If you are killed in the Matrix, you die here? MORPHEUS The body cannot live without the mind. In other words, even though you haven't ...


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Neo: You ever have that feeling where you're not sure if you're awake or still dreaming? This line is specifically pointing out that Neo doesn't fit in the Matrix. He's one of the one percent (no pun intended) that don't accept the Matrix as presented. The Architect: As I was saying, she [The Oracle] merely stumbled upon a solution where nearly 99% of ...


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This is not the first matrix, it's the sixth one and Oracle helped Architect to build this one. From the failure of previous matrix, Oracle and Architect given the humans 'free will'. So Oracle always in support of free will for Humans. Her action sometimes cause imbalance in matrix but Architect is always there to control the effects. Like other agents and ...


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The Sparring Program that Morpheus and Neo fight in is a simulated reality along the same lines as the Matrix, but much smaller and presumably hosted by the Nebuchadnezzar computers. When they are 'plugged into' these simulated realities, clearly their physical bodies are breathing air, but the reality they are experiencing is simulated. Hence there is no ...



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