The Matrix is one of the most iconic and finest sci-fi motion pictures ever made
Couple of motion pictures have actually had as significant a result on pop culture as The Matrix. Everything about it, from the advanced “bullet time” action scenes to the leather-clad design, became instantly iconic. And on top of those unique stylistic options, the motion picture was smart, with something to say that has actually kept viewers thinking about it and re-watching it over and over again ever since.
But just because you have actually viewed The Matrix dozens of times doesn’t mean you understand whatever there is to understand about it. Sure, you’ve probably noticed the obvious Easter eggs, like the extremely particular books in Thomas Anderson’s home, or the way Neo’s battle with Representative Smith mimics classic Westerns. There are certain things you can only discover out by digging into the supplementary materials created around a film– in other words, by seeing the special features and listening to the audio commentaries on the “Ultimate Matrix Collection” Blu-ray set.
With The Matrix 4 on the horizon ( for better or worse), we did simply that. These truths, quotes, and anecdotes were all pulled from either the audio commentary or the many making-of featurettes consisted of with the series’ definitive collected release. Continue reading to find out what we found out. And don’t stress– this list just covers the original. We reviewed the follows up already when, and that was plenty
1. Nobody besides the Wachowskis understood the script
The Wachowskis had never directed a film before, however they wound up directing this one because no one else, consisting of production designer Owen Paterson, director of photography Bill Pope, star Carrie-Anne Moss, and everybody at Warner Bros., understood what the hell the movie was. The one exception? Lawrence Fishburne, who declares he comprehended it completely the extremely very first time he read it.
2. The opening scene was deliberately uncertain
In the film’s opening scene, viewers are implied to be confused about who to root for. “We liked the idea of not necessarily recognizing anybody in the first few scenes of the motion picture. When you see Trinity sitting there in the dark hotel space, again, you don’t understand who the hero is and who the bad guy is,” says Lilly Wachowski.
3. This move has a name
It’s called “The Eagle,” according to Carrie-Anne Moss.
4. The opening originally featured a train
5. This weird twirl required some clever digital effects
When they shot this stunt, Carrie-Anne Moss’s feet and hands were looped and she was hung vertically so she could spin, visual effects manager John Gaeta exposes. That left her limbs looking stiff, so, at the Wachowskis’ behest, Gaeta digitally changed Moss’s legs to make them look like they were moving.
6. Moss didn’t think she ‘d get the part
She presumed the part of Trinity would go to “a name” in Hollywood. “It was just another audition that I was going on in between my life,” she states. After reading her scenes, however, the filmmakers asked her to punch and kick a punching bag, and after she left, she heard them cheering in the other room.
7. The Wachowskis assigned Keanu Reeves research
The Wachowskis offered star Keanu Reeves 3 books to read before he even opened up the script. “I needed to check out [French philosopher Jean] Baudrillard, I needed to check out Out of Control [by Kevin Kelly], which had to do with systems, advancement, and robotics, and after that there was another book which was Evolutionary Psychology, which is generally emotions and psychology from a Darwinistic point of view,” Reeves says.
8. The club scene was contended a genuine S&M club in Sydney, Australia
” All the bonus in the scene, there was a casting call that went out to customers of the club, and they all came self-costumed,” says editor Zach Staenberg. “It was pretty wild at lunch, seeing everyone walking around on leashes.”
9. Carrie-Anne Moss auditioned with this scene
” It’s looking for you,” she mimics along in the audio commentary.
10 Representative Smith has some unexpected impacts
Hugo Weaving intentionally offered Representative Smith a non-specific accent. His closet was designed to stimulate a secret representative, while his exact manner of speaking remembered an authoritative but neutral voice, such as a newscaster. Laurence Fishburne, who plays Morpheus, compares Smith to Walter Cronkite. In addition, Weaving started to include components of the Wachowskis themselves in the character, which the directors joke about in the special features.
11 Keanu’s mouth was covered for 5 hours to shoot this
He needed to interact via pen and paper throughout of shooting this scene. In the commentary, Reeves calls this “a fun day.”
12 This scene was done utilizing a fake torso
The upper body was based on a cast of Keanu’s body, and it includes an unexpected quantity of detail.
13 The bug extractor took 12 weeks to build
Editor Zach Staenberg states it’s a completely functional, useful gadget that took a design maker 12 weeks to build. “It’s an unbelievable, working gadget,” he states. Great to know in case we ever get contaminated with a shrimp-like robotic tracking bug.
14 The film inverts a normal cyberpunk trope
” We like cyberpunk fiction,” says Lilly Wachowski. “The issue with it is that nobody generally knows what the online world appears like, or in the end, it’s not a really interesting concept … all the metaphors that sort of take place when you begin talking about simulation or falseness of the cyber world disappear when that has no context for the audience. So we thought if we make this world the fake world, then all of those metaphors and all of those metaphors that operate in cyberpunk fiction continue to work.”
15 Keanu’s weight fluctuated wildly throughout recording
Throughout shooting, Keanu constantly worked to lose or get muscle mass and weight depending upon whether they were shooting scenes featuring Neo or Thomas Anderson. For the scene where he’s woken up and ejected from the goopy pod, he lost 15 pounds to look more emaciated.
16 This goo was initially freezing cold
The goo pod scene was shot almost, and needed endless testing– from the consistency of the goo and the “skin” on top that breaks as Neo emerges, to the prosthetics that pop out of the sockets on his body. According to Reeves, by the time he needed to enter the pod to movie the scene, the filmmakers had actually determined that the goo would require to be warmed first, due to the fact that individuals checking it out had actually gotten hypothermia simply from being in it for just 8 minutes at a time.
17 Keanu was recovering from spinal column surgical treatment when they started training
” I ‘d had a two level combination in my cervical spinal column,” Reeves says. “My legs were getting– I was getting paralyzed. I ‘d had the surgery done and then it was simply a waiting game just to see if it was fused. It truly hindered me a lot in training due to the fact that I couldn’t kick– I could not train to kick for 2 of the four months.”
18 A few of these acupuncture needles are authentic
A lot of the needles you see in this scene were placed into an elaborate prosthetic, however the ones in Keanu’s head are genuine, according to editor Zach Staenberg.
19 The Nebuchadnezzar’s chairs were based on 1920 s dentist chairs
It makes good sense when you think of it.
20 The Wachowskis firmly insisted the actors do the battle scenes
“[The Wachowskis] kept stating to me, ‘We desire the actors to really be able to do the kung fu,'” says producer Joel Silver. “I would state to them, ‘What’s the big deal? Let’s get the people who can do the kung fu.’ But [they] were encouraged that they wished to see these stars doing those things themselves.” The Wachowskis got famous Hong Kong action guru Yuen Woo-ping onboard to that end.
21 This triple kick alone took 21 takes
And they had no time to rehearse it prior to shooting started.
22 Switch was supposed to be trans
” The Change character was implied to be feminine in The Matrix however she was a person in the real world,” Fishburne states. “They decided to take that out since they felt it may confuse the audience some more.” For Morpheus, Fishburne acted more “womanly” and “nurturing” while in the real life, and more manly inside the Matrix.
23 This scene includes several sets of twins and triplets
” I had an idea when the series with the feline, where you see the cat two times and you talk about deja vu, we chose to consist of that in the scene near the water fountain, to continue that idea of the Matrix was glitching. We cast a lot of twins and triplets where we could and then costumed them identically,” says outfit designer Kym Barrett.
24 This scene was expected to look cooler
Throughout the Sentinel scene, the filmmakers had intended that viewers might see the stars’ breath on the ship’s glass, however they never rather got it. “Since in the script the sun has actually been blotted out, you’re not in a warm world. You’re in a really cold world. When the power passes away in the Nebuchadnezzar, the world becomes freezing,” says director of photography Expense Pope.
25 The real world clothing were carefully created
” The real world is a place where there’s not a lot of resources readily available, and what resources are readily available are made by the people,” states outfit designer Kym Barrett. “So for example, maybe they hydroponically grow hemp or some other flax or something that they then mill and become their own material and weave, and it’s sort of an extremely ancient innovation. Despite the fact that they’re highly advanced, they do not have anything that they can utilize to develop material with apart from old techniques. So we kept to natural fibers and raw fabrics and actually simple shapes so that you would believe that a population like that would have made clothes in a simple method.”
26 This was shot using an old strategy
” The important things that utilized to persuade him, prior to he was told the truth, it now looks extremely fake,” states director of photography Costs Pope. “Green screen is too sophisticated a technique– we might make it look real. So I wanted to utilize something as fake as Hitchcock’s old rear screen forecast, the same method Cary Grant looks fake driving down the street in North by Northwest.”
27 There was a lot longer scene here originally
The filmmakers stressed that the expository section of the movie when Morpheus and Neo check out the Oracle was too long, according to editor Zach Staenberg. For example, there was initially a roughly two-minute conversation in the corridor here that was basically entirely cut. “It was a fantastic scene, I liked it, however it was just the incorrect place in the movie eventually,” Staenberg states.
28 They covered up anything blue to preserve that iconic green tinge
” We didn’t wish to, when we recorded in the center of Sydney, see actually any blue,” states production designer Owen Paterson. “So 3 o’clock in the early morning, a crew of set cabinets would enter there and they would cover all the blue things with green bits.” They also covered Australian phone booths with large boxes that looked more like American phone cubicles, and ensured to conceal any visible trees and identifiable structures. As numerous people throughout the special features mention, the pervasive sickly green hue represents the decay and rottenness of the digital world the machines have actually created.
29 They had one opportunity to get several of the “government lobby” battle shots
Carrie-Anne Moss shares that, because of the excessive setup time to reset the taking off columns if they got it wrong, they only got to do one take of much of the shots in this renowned fight scene, consisting of Trinity’s outstanding wall-cartwheel. Whatever in the scene was shot virtually, which added to the challenge however looked far better than CGI.
30 The renowned “bullet time” result was inspired by comics
” We were speaking prior to of the sort of impact that comic books can have in regards to their frozen graphic moments,” states Lana Wachowski. “What we really like about sluggish movement is that it sort of brings a few of that quality to the action scenes. However we also like to move the camera. So we started off and we had this concept of shooting something in slow movement but moving the cam at routine speed.”
31 The machine gun effect here was developed by underwater air nozzles
The nozzles, managed by remote, sprayed air up in a sequence to simulate the gatling gun fire striking the water. Production designer Owen Paterson appears rather tickled by this.
32 The roof and helicopter crash sequence took six months total to create
That included months of research on information as minute as what type of glass would produce the desired expanding, circular shattering result when damaged. To help, they utilized concentric rings of dynamites behind the glass, rigged to go off sequentially.
33 Bullet time was produced with still images
The filmmakers utilized still cameras to take photos of the set, and after that “drawn out” both shape and texture from those pictures to develop the virtual images, according to visual results manager John Gaeta. Without that method, these 360- degree shots would have been a lot more challenging– if not difficult– to shoot.
34 Keanu’s stuntman broke his knee, dislocated his shoulder, and broke a number of ribs shooting this
According to Reeves, his stuntman suffered numerous injuries, consisting of those described above and others, from the landing here. That stuntman, incidentally, was Chad Stahelski, who would go on to direct Reeves in the John Wick films 15 years later.
35 “Required a little aid”
Reeves states he was obsessed with getting this line perfect. “I made them get 22 takes of that. What would be the right gesture? Is he looking, or is he just waiting to see if the representatives are coming?”
36 Individuals who read the script wanted the ending changed
” We wanted to inform the very first story without damaging the Matrix,” Lana Wachowski states. “That was a huge battle with people who would read the script, due to the fact that everyone wants the giant death star, evil force damaged at the end to have some sort of sense of resolution. And we felt that it was more fascinating to have the actual resolution be this character’s arc. This singular sort of transformation of this one character– we believed was more cool to make that the climax of the story than to have it be what everyone anticipated, which would be the destruction of the Matrix.”
37 Individuals who made The Matrix truly believed the follows up would be great
The saddest thing about seeing the Matrix unique functions is seeing all individuals who made the original speak optimistically about how much better they believed the sequels were going to be. Welp.
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