The Matrix Reloaded Trivias
In the yard/park with Smith and Neo, there is a light that is obviously not part of the yard/park because it can't be seen when Neo is introduced to the Smith clones.It has been proven in many real-world situations and in controlled scientific experiments that the body of even the sturdiest consumer automobiles is NOT sufficient to stop a bullet, let alone the several hundred pumped into our heroes' vehicle during the freeway shootout.When Trinity stops the motorcycle to avoid the truck, she doesn't shift down so it's impossible afterwards to gain speed as shown.
Sean Connery was originally picked to play The Architect, but turned it down because he couldn't understand the concept of the movie. Connery mentions this in an interview on the The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) DVD.When Neo confronts the Architect, the Architect tells him "[The perfect Matrix's] doom is apparent to me now as a consequence of the imperfection inherent in every human being..." Images flashing on the monitor screens during these two lines include Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Adolf Hitler, a nuclear bomb's explosion, 'Saddam Hussein', George W. Bush and United States Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.The Wachowski brothers' contract for doing the The Matrix Reloaded (2003), and The Matrix Revolutions (2003), included a stipulation that would not have to do any media interviews.The Matrix Reloaded (2003) promotional material was in such high demand, that distributors were extremely worried about it being stolen. To combat this, standees and banners were sent out with the code names of "Caddyshack 2" and "The Replacements". Several cinemas thought they had not received the materials due to these names, and as such, did not display them until the last minute.
At the beginning of the Cadillac chase just after the pseudo Escalade EXT driven by the Twins crashes into and tears off the trunk section of a brown BMW sedan, we get a shot of facing forward in the Escalade. Visible directly in front of the Escalade is a parked Cadillac CTS, the same CTS that Trinity, Morpheus and The Keymaker are in and that we just saw speed off down the street.During the meeting in the sewers, a car pulls up to the building; as it slows down, the legs of a camera operator are reflected in the bumper.When Agent Smith attempts to "overwrite" Neo a silver substance crawls over his body, but in reflection in Smiths glasses the silver substance is nowhere to be seen.
Samsung produced 10,000 cell phones like the one seen in the film (model SPH-N270) which sold out quickly.In the car chase scene, right before they enter the freeway, the word "steak" can be seen on a building in the background. "Steak" was the password given out at the end of the credits of the first movie.Gloria Foster also died before the end of shooting the second Matrix film. She had done most of her scenes for this film but had not done any for the third film, The Matrix Revolutions (2003), as well as Enter the Matrix (2003) (VG). Mary Alice was chosen as her replacement.In the architect scene, many of the monitors are showing scenes from Ron Fricke's Baraka (1992).Earning in excess of $735,000,000 at the worldwide box-office, this is the most commercially successful R-rated movie in history.
Immediately after the highway chase there is a cutaway to Commander Lock and officers discussing the two "bogeys" (drills) which is followed by a shot of a sentinel swarm surround the drills as they do their work. This shot begins with an overhead of one drill burrowing down through glowing hot rock, then pans right to reveal not one, but two other drills digging into the ground.At the beginning of the fight in the Merovingian's foyer, Neo stops his attackers' bullets and they fall to the floor. The fallen bullets disappear and reappear frequently throughout the sequence, most notably vanishing in the overhead shot (when Neo kicks the ponytailed man through the railing), but reappear moments later on the ground.On the engineering level, Neo says, "What's on your mind, Counselor?" but his lips do not move.On the Freeway, close-up shots of Trinity on the Ducati show her wearing different boots (with higher heels) than she normally wears.
Canadian actress and model Brendalee Doen was cast as the "Beautiful Woman at Le Vrai", but was unable to play the role as she was deported by Australian immigration authorities for attempting to work on an expired visa. The role was given to Tory Mussett.The key of the beginning theme you hear at the beginning of every Matrix movie (rousing strings and horn blasts) ascends by one semitone with each movie. The Matrix starts in the key of E, Matrix Reloaded in F and Matrix Revolutions in the key of F-sharp.The idea of all programs being born from The Source, an entity of pure light, and returning there after their purpose is fulfilled is a philosophy borrowed from the Hindu belief in Brahman, which is a god composed of pure life energy. This god created all things, and it is man's destiny to return to Brahman after his/her destiny is fulfilled.The book Persephone moves to open up the bookcase is Arthur Schopenhauer's "Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung". The book immediately to its left is "Parerga and Paralipomena", also by Schopenhauer.Entered into The Guinness Book of World Records as The Widest Film Print Run which means that it has a run of 8,517 copies sent out at the same time.The original plan for releasing The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (2003) was to release them weeks apart, not months.
Near the end of the Burly Brawl scene, when the Smiths begin dog-piling Neo, part of the set (including a light) can be seen in the upper right-hand corner for a couple frames.When the Merovingian's henchmen try to gun down Neo just before the fight in the great hall, all the bullets Neo stops and lets fall to the floor are identical, even though the guns the henchmen are using use different caliber bullets.After Agent Johnson slams onto the hood of a car in the highway chase sequence and the car makes a forward pitch-flip, another car behind it (screen right) makes a left roll-flip, ostensibly because of the collision with the first car. Just to screen-right of the pitch-flip car and under the right tire of the roll-flip car, the black ramp it rides on that causes its right side to lift can be seen.
After Agent Johnson slams onto the hood of a car in the highway chase sequence and the car makes a forward pitch-flip, another car behind it (screen right) makes a left roll-flip, ostensibly because of the collision with the first car. Just to screen-right of the pitch-flip car and under the right tire of the roll-flip car, the black ramp it rides on that causes its right side to lift can be seen.Originally banned in Egypt because of the film's religious themes, but later released after approval of the censorship bureau.The Ship referred to as the Hammer is labeled (and actually named) Mjolnir, a difficult name to pronounce. This explains why nobody calls it by its real name. Mjolnir is the name for the famous Hammer of Thor, the Nordic God of Thunder.The movie's codename, The Burlyman, is the title of the first screenplay that the Wachowski Brothers developed for Four Corners Productions.Andy and Larry Wachowski cast Monica Bellucci as Persephone after seeing her performance in MalÃƒÂ¨na (2000).
After Agent Johnson lands on the hood of the car, and the doors blow open, the roll cage is visible inside.During the highway chase, Morpheus lands on the hood/windshield of the Firebird driven by Niobe. As he lands, the windshield cracks noticeably. During the time she whips out around the semi and pulls right in front of it, the cracks disappear and reappear.At the beginning of the freeway chase, after they come out of the parking garage, Trinity and Morpheus' car goes around a left turn. We then see the action from the twins' point of view, and the car is seen sitting on the sidewalk as if it had not made the turn.
Commander Lock is the only rebel that has a first name in the real world.Though you must have the DVD subtitle option to ON to discern the dialogue, Neo's alter egos displayed on the screens in the Architect's chamber make the following outbursts: You can't control me! I'm going to smash you to bits! I'm going to fucking kill you! You can't make me do anything you Old White Prick!The film playing on the TV behind Persephone when she shoots the Merovingian's thug is The Brides of Dracula (1960).The freeway in Akron, Ohio was initially the first choice for the location to shoot the freeway chase scene but the crew decided not to shoot there as it will take one hour to back up all cars as to prepare for the start of a take.To prepare for his role in both Reloaded and Revolutions, Keanu Reeves was asked to read three books: Simulation and Simulacra, Out of Control and Evolution Psychology.
During the Agent Thompson/Morpheus fight on top of the semi trailer, there are multiple shots in which the Keymaker should be visible but is not. The most noticeable is when Thompson flips Morpheus in the air and he lands on his hands at the edge of the semi trailer.When Neo goes to put the key into the door leading to the source, the teeth on the key are facing down. In the next shot, the teeth are facing up.When Trinity and The Keymaker are jumping off the overpass onto the bike transporter, flesh colored gloves can be seen on the hands of The Keymaker.
The pen the Architect holds is a Lamy Swift rollerball.The gun that Persephone uses is a COP .357. It is also used by the Replicant Leon Kowalski (Brion James) in Blade Runner (1982).Laurence Fishburne suggested that his character remove his sunglasses for the fight with the agent on board the tractor-trailer, to remind the audience of Morpheus' fight with an agent in The Matrix (1999) (during which he wears no sunglasses), and to better express his character's vulnerability.The monitors appearing in the Architect's room are exactly the same as those appearing in The Matrix (1999), when agents capture Neo for interrogation and insert a bug in him.The switch-bladed weapons that the Twins use are actually old-fashioned straight-edged shaving razors.
When Neo is opening a door, a close-up of him reaching for the doorknob shows a camera behind him.When Morpheus, Neo, and the Keymaker encounter Smith in the door portal, when Smith is looking at them and saying, "This is a dead end," the reflection in his sunglasses shows an empty hallway. In the freeway chase, Agent Johnson jumps from an overpass onto the top of the truck carrying Morpheus and the Keymaker . Just before the truck goes beneath the overpass, a freeway distances sign (Whipple Ave Ã‚Â½, Woodside Rd 1-Ã‚Â½, Marsh Road 3-Ã‚Â¾) is briefly visible. As the truck emerges on the other side, the same sign appears again, behind Johnson, to the right.In the highway chase, when the agent leapfrogs onto the hood of a car, there is a "Snap-on" delivery truck crossing the over-bridge. Its location changes between shots.A studio lighting fixture (with shield) is visible reflected in the left lens of Smith's sunglasses prior to the Burly Brawl, during every shot of Smith's face, while he talks with Neo.
At the freeway chase, a signboard has the exit to a place called Paterson Pass (which is a road between Livermore and Tracy California, east of the Alameda freeway production site - the exit is off of Interstate 5). This was a reference to the production designer, Owen Paterson.Martial arts training for the lead actors started in November 2000 and lasted eight months.Laurence Fishburne, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Anthony Wong all signed on to the film without having read the script.For the burly brawl scene, certain sections of the fights used a digital versions of Neo and Smith. The VFX team used Sony HDR-900 High Definition cameras to scan their images as to generate digital sequences and Smith clones. For live action, sequences were shot in 18 second intervals as to change camera angles and because Neo has more than 250 moves to perform.During the Burly Brawl, there are four totally computer-animated sequences, with no live action whatsoever.
When Trinity is disabling the power grid, the computer terminal indicates that she is disabling 27 power nodes, numbers 21 to 48. That's actually 28 nodes.The daylight running lights on Trinity's Cadillac turn off and on repeatedly between shots.On the freeway, when Trinity is being followed by the agents in the police car, the agents are seen driving a 1996 Chevy caprice with a "cropped" rear quarter window. When they crash on the divider onto the yellow water cans, the car they crashed was a 1994 caprice model without the cropped quarter window.In the corridor of many doors where Neo fights all the Smiths the two furthest Smiths draw their guns twice.In the Nebudchanezzar, Link unplugs Morpheus from the Matrix. In the close-up we see Morpheus opening his eyes in the bottom of the screen. When we cut back to the two-shot, Morpheus still has his eyes closed and opens them up quite deliberately moments later.
When Neo is fighting the Smith clones (The Burly Brawl), some unconventional sound effects were used. When Neo is kicked and flies through and knocks over the group of Smiths, dominoes toppling over was used. At the end of the fight when Neo throws Smith by the leg into his clones, the sound of a bowling ball knocking over pins was used.The fight sequence of Neo versus Smith and his clones (a.k.a. The Burly Brawl) took 27 days to shoot.Lambert Wilson's French accent as The Merovingian is intentionally exaggerated at the directors' demand. Wilson speaks English very well and said it was his only deception towards the movie.It took Carrie-Anne Moss six months just to get the Scorpion Kick in the beginning of scene correctly.The role of Seraph was originally written specifically for Jet Li. When Li declined, the role was then changed to a female and offered to Michelle Yeoh, who turned it down due to scheduling conflicts.Carrie-Anne Moss did some of her own driving on the motorcycle in the highway scene.According to Oakland city officials who worked with the filmmakers on the downtown Oakland shots, all red and blue colors had to be removed, so sidewalk curbs were painted over. Also, there could be no greenery or other plant life, so filming was done over the winter before tree leaves sprouted in the spring.
In the Nebudchanezzar, Link unplugs Morpheus from the Matrix. In the close-up we see Morpheus opening his eyes in the bottom of the screen. When we cut back to the two-shot, Morpheus still has his eyes closed and opens them up quite deliberately moments later.One twin fires at a gold Chevy Tahoe that has come between his vehicle and Trinity's Cadillac. As we cut away, no shots have hit the roof of the Tahoe. When we cut to the front view of the car turning over, it has fifteen bullet holes in five neat rows in the roof which can not have appeared during the brief close-up of the gunman between the two shots.When the two policemen in the police car transform into agents, the driver is shown looking towards the interior of the car. In the next shot he is looking directly out of the driver's window.During Morpheus' "very meaning of our lives" speech, the boom operator and boom mic are visible, reflected in his sunglasses (particularly noticeable in Imax format).When Agent Johnson and Morpheus are fighting on top of the truck and Johnson hits Morpheus so does a huge back flip and at that moment a car passes the truck and on the back window of the car you can see the reflection of an exit sign, Morpheus completes his back flip and he is about to loose his balance, at that moment we see no exit sign for "miles".
Larry Wachowski and Andy Wachowski have been approached to direct Batman Begins (2005) but turned down for doing the Matrix sequels.The freeway exit sign (the one listing Whipple Ave, Woodside Rd, Marsh Rd) passed during the freeway chase is the same sign that you would pass on the real-world highway 101 if you had just left the headquarters of Oracle Corporation and were heading southbound on 101.One of the freeway signs during the freeway says Whipple Ave, Woodside Rd, Marsh Rd - which are three real consecutive freeway exits on the 101 freeway south of San Francisco.When Smith pulls up in an Audi at the beginning of the film, his license plate is IS 5416. In the King James Bible, Isaiah 54:16 says, 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 the waster to destroy.There are many references to number 101.
In the highway chase scene, when the agent leapfrogs onto the hood of a moving vehicle (which crushes into the ground in slow motion), you can see that the only light source is the sun, which is perpendicular to the highway (low and off to the right), and all objects in the scene are casting long shadows only to the left. The agent casts his long left shadow (which extends from the edge of the car's shadow as he lands on it), but also casts a second shadow just below and behind him directly on the car's hood. He is the only object in the scene that casts a downward shadow.After one of the agents rips the roof off the car on the expressway, there are some shots that show the interior of the vehicle still dark as if the roof was still intact.When Neo, Trinity and Morpheus visit Merovingian and are first seated at the long table, Merovingian has a glass of red wine - the amount in the glass changes inconsistently between shots.
Because the twins' Cadillac Escalade EXT was not in production at the time of the movie's filming, General Motors had to graft together fiberglass Cadillac parts with prototype Chevrolet Avalanche pickup trucks, to create the black truck seen in the freeway chase. The Lincoln Continental from The Matrix (1999) makes a brief cameo appearance toward the beginning of the film. The underground garage where the characters select a car is populated with all Cadillacs, including a classic 1950s El Dorado and prototype of the 2004 XLR.Historical reference: the Merovingians were the ruling class of France in the 7th Century A.D. It is also the name of a type of Gnostic Church (many elements of Gnosticism appear in the Matrix films) and it is also the name given by the Knights Templar to the supposed bloodline of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.There are 1,943 names in the credits.The tractor-trailer used in the freeway chase scene has Big Endian Eggs written on it's side. This is a reference to Swift's Gulliver's Travels: The Lilliputians, being very small, had correspondingly small political problems. The Big-Endian and Little-Endian parties debated over whether soft-boiled eggs should be opened at the big end or the little end, (Big-endian has also been adopted as computer terminology.)The two freeways referenced in the movie were the 101 and the 303. These are also the numbers of Neo's apartment and the Heart o' the City hotel room respectively in The Matrix (1999).
When Neo meets the Oracle and she hands him a candy, she holds it out with the candy held between her fore- and middle fingers. When the camera shifts it is cradled in her palm, and then back to between her fingers.When Smith is talking to Neo in the park after seeing the oracle, the direction of the sunlight over Smith doesn't match the shadows in the park.The tire on the front wheel of Trinity's Ducati 996 changes from slick to treaded a couple of times between shots.
The red chair Morpheus is sitting in when he is expounding his plan to access the source is the same red chair he was sitting in when he offered Neo the red and blue pills in The Matrix (1999) and when he explained to Neo what the Matrix was.Professional Taekwondo instructors were used for some of the stunts, including WTF silver medalist Master Timothy Connelly.Only a few of the Smith clones were actually played by Hugo Weaving. Open casting calls for males with similar body shapes and structures took place, and Weaving's head was superimposed on them later.The director of photography makes an appearance as a security guard who gets paid to count sheep.
During the freeway chase there is a shot over the shoulder of one of the twins as he shoots at our hero's car. He rakes his stream of bullets from left to right following the car as it passes behind a white van, but there are already bullet holes in the van *before* the stream of bullets ever reaches it.The cut on Trinity's right arm disappears and reappears throughout the freeway scene.During the car chase, the twins shoot out most of the windows in the car that Trinity and Morpheus are driving in. But when seen from the inside of the car, the windows are intact and there is no shattered glass to be seen.When Trinity is driving on the freeway, her door is locked when seen from inside, but unlocked in exterior shots.
Trinity uses a genuine hack to get into the Matrix. She uses Nmap version 2.54BETA25 (an actual port scanning tool) to find a vulnerable SSH server, and then proceeds to exploit it using the SSH1 CRC32 exploit from 2001.When Trinity hacks the Power Station's computer, the password she uses is Z1ON0101.The film's highway chase sequence took almost three months to shoot (longer than many films' entire shooting schedule).There were several injuries on the set: Carrie-Anne Moss broke her leg training for a wire stunt, Laurence Fishburne fractured an arm in another training incident and Hugo Weaving put out a disc in his neck while being pulled back on a wire.GM donated 300 cars for use in the production of the movie. All 300 were wrecked by the end.
When The Architect is talking to Neo, the tie tack he's wearing appears to have fallen out of the left collar (right side on the screen) in one shot. Seconds later, it's back in place.When Trinity is driving down the freeway, the bullet holes in the right side of the car are not there on several occasions when the car comes into view from behind other vehicles.
The script for the movie (while in production) was code-named The Burly Man. The Burly Man is the title of the script Barton Fink is working on in the film Barton Fink (1991). While shooting the freeway sequence, the directors watched rushes etc. in a vehicle referred to by the crew as the Burly Van.The special effects cost $100 million U.S.It was reported that Keanu Reeves volunteered to give up a claim to a share of ticket sales amounting to around $38 million when producers feared that the film would never recoup the cost of the special effects.The 1.4-mile, three-lane loop highway was built specifically for the chase scene on the decommissioned Alameda Point Navy Base. It was destroyed when filming was complete.
When Morpheus stabs the sword into the trailer, it changes position in relation to the top of the trailer throughout the scene.Bullet holes are already visible on a truck that will be shot at later in the freeway sequence.
Lara Dutta was offered a role in this film as well as The Matrix Revolutions (2003), but turned the part down because she didn't like the script.There are twelve hoverships in Zion's fleet, of which ten are shown or mentioned in the films and video game, Enter the Matrix (2003) (VG), and whose names and captains are as follows: Osiris - Thadeus; Logos - Niobe; Nebuchadnezzar (Neb) - Morpheus; Mjolnir (Hammer) - Roland; Caduceus - Ballard; Gnosis - Ice; Vigilant - Soren; Icarus - Ajax; Brahma - Kali; Novalis - Tirant. Concept artwork reveals the names of the remaining two ships: the Ganesha and the Vishnu.The Matrix Revolutions (2003), Enter the Matrix (2003) (VG), and this film were shot back-to-back.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 25 August 2001. Nona Gaye (daughter of late Motown legend Marvin Gaye) was eventually cast in the role.