22nd Anniversary of THE MATRIX: fans highlight interesting information from this trilogy

Posted on 2021-06-08

The successful Matrix trilogy will be available on HBO Max beginning on June 29th

The sci-fi trilogy, which premiered in 1999, describes a future in which the reality perceived by human beings is the matrix, a simulated reality created by machines in order to pacify the human population. 

Here is some of the information collected by fans that perhaps you did not know:

  1. The Bullet Time Effect was used for the first time in cinema. It is a filming technique that allows you to film specific action scenes in 360 degrees and play them back in slow-motion.  
  2. Its premiere was so successful that at the time it became Warner Bros’ biggest hit to date (1999). 
  3. It was the first film in the world to sell 1 million DVDs. 
  4. Some of the actors that were considered for parts in the project were: Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio 
  5. Keanu Reeves decided to share his earnings with the entire team that took part in filming the movie, such as makeup, sound, lighting, etc. 
  6. The recognizable code that appears on screens when the Matrix is encoded is a Japanese sushi recipe. 
  7. The shooting scene in the lobby of the building where the Agents are holding Morpheus took 10 days to film. 
  8. Ironically, the name Morpheus comes from Greek mythology and means God of sleep, which contradicts his role in the film. 
  9. The movie was filmed in Australia although the names of the streets in the film come from Chicago.  
  10. The main actors had to undergo six months of physical training prior to filming in order to master martial arts techniques and to be able to move around acrobatically. 
  11. Not only is it an action and science fiction film, but it is inspired by religious and philosophical themes, in addition to referencing stories like ”1984” by George Orwell and “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. 
  12. The sequels to The Matrix - The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions – were filmed at the same time and premiered only six month apart. 
  13. In the original story, the machines captured humans to use their brains as processors. 
  14. Keanu Reeves had a surgery prior to filming, so he was in a neck brace for the first four months of filming. 
  15. The Matrix was Carrie-Anne Moss’s first film.
  16. At the 2000 Oscars, The Matrix won four awards in the following categories: Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing. 
  17. The Matrix script was kept in a drawer for many years while studio execs decided if its content and concepts were suitable to be produced as a movie.