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For the rebels, it's same reason they wear long trench coats and mostly black clothes. It's a stylistic choice, that both sells the rebels image, that they fly against convention, and the cyber punk look from futuristic stories like Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell. When Morpheus meets Neo, he is wearing sunglasses, despite being inside a house during a ...


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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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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 ambiguous, ...


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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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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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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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Kind of threefold: The EMPs were only large enough to be used defensively, to use last ditch to protect the crew of a ship, and after using it the ship would be useless. Getting an EMP of any size to the machine city undetected would be nearly impossible. It's pretty well-established that shutting off the Matrix with humans inside would kill the humans, so ...


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The sunglasses for the main characters were designed by Richard Walker from Blinde Design. In this article in the Chicago Tribune Kevin Jones (curator of the museum at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles) talks about design choices in the production design: "What was interesting about those in 'The Matrix' is the way they ...


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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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You do remember when Morpheus comes to ask Tank: Morpheus: How is he? Tank: 10 hours straight Please watch this scene here at At 1:03. So, there was a 10 hours gap between when Neo started with Jujitsu till when Morpheus arrived. Thus he knew Kung Fu too. Rather it was the latest knowledge downloaded, so he ...


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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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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 101 ...


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It connects to the way they can bend reality and physics. There is no spoon, means literally the spoon is a virtual object, but even more important is, when the boy goes on to say: Spoon boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That's impossible. Instead... only try to realize the truth. Neo: What truth? Spoon boy: There is no spoon. Neo: ...


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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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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 to ...


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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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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 the ...


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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 the ...


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Based on the first words we can read during this scene, Neo is searching online papers for Morpheus. The first time we get a good look at the computer screen, we can read 'Searching...' as part of the used software, and the large header 'Global Search', before it scrolls to 'Morpheus eludes Police at Heathrow Airport'. The last entry we see has the caption '...


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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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In the related video game Enter The Matrix, it is implied that the sunglasses worn while in the Matrix are actually a heads-up display. You see a typed message from Sparx appearing character by character, superimposed on your view of the game. EDIT: I should emphasize that there is zero support for this idea in the movies, and it probably was invented by ...


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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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First - watch the video that Sudip Biswas linked to. Starting at the 47 second mark it's showing various martial arts being downloaded into Neo. In rapid sucession we see ju jitsu, kempo, Tae kwon do, drunken boxing, and there's one more that fades out as the scene switches. Second - the phrase "kung fu" is a Chinese term that refers to to any study, ...


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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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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. TRINITY ...


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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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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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Realistically EMP is not an absolute, meaning it doesn't always do what you think it does. It is true that electronics can be knocked out rather easily but only if they are 'naked' and do not have any shielding. It is pretty easy to shield against EMP, it's only a matter of want and money. Concrete will actually stop EMP's if it is thick enough, which is ...


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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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