The Matrix Reloaded (2003) Poster


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  • Zion prepares for an attack by the machines, who are boring down from the surface in an attempt to annihilate the only free humans still remaining on the planet. Although finally convinced that he is the One, Neo (Keanu Reeves) isn't sure what he is supposed to do. Consequently, he, Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), and Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) again seek council from the Oracle (Gloria Foster), and the news is not good. Neo is told that he must find the Keymaker and enter the Source, the machine mainframe, and that, at some point, he's going to have to choose whether Trinity lives or dies. Edit

  • The Matrix Reloaded is the second film in the Matrix trilogy, preceded by The Matrix (1999) and followed by The Matrix Revolutions (2003). Like The Matrix before it, the screenplay for Reloaded was written and directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski. So far, there have been no official novelizations. Edit

  • Six months. In the interim, the surviving crew of the Nebuchadnezzar have been protecting the people of Zion and freeing other humans enslaved in the Matrix. Edit

  • Yes, as Mr Smith or simply Smith. Although it seemed that Neo destroyed Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) at the end of The Matrix, Smith has the ability to reboot himself. In Reloaded, he returns with the additional ability of being able to indeterminately replicate himself by overwriting any software hardwired—or even otherwise connected—to the Matrix. Edit

  • Tank (Marcus Chong) was wounded by Cypher (Joe Pantoliano) in the first film. In Reloaded, he has been replaced as the Nebuchadnezzar's Operator by Link (Harold Perrineau). When Link is talking to Zee (Nona Gaye), she says that she lost two brothers (Tank and Dozer) to the Nebuchadnezzar. It can be assumed that Tank either died of his wounds or was killed on a mission in between the films. In real life, Chong demanded a higher salary for the second movie and was let go by the producers. Edit

  • The Architect tells Neo that she, the Oracle, may be considered the mother of Matrix, because she "solved the equation". In the first version of Matrix, the Architect tried to design a perfect world, where humans would live in peace. But humans rejected it. The Oracle was then developed, "to investigate certain aspects of the human psyche", and find out why they were rejecting these worlds. She then discovered that they missed a choice, they were feeling they were locked on a "odd" world and kept trying to leave it and messed with it when not able to leave, but they'd accept if they'd feel they had chosen to stay. Therefore, she's not willing to free the humans from the Matrix, she's willing to make them easierly accept it. This is also shown by her telling Neo there's no way for him to know if she's willing to help or not. This make clear then that she was sending him to the Architect so that the whole loop could restart, not helping to free humans. She also says she's interested in the future and the only way to get there is together, meaning that machines need humans to survive and it's better for humans to live healthly in the Matrix than fighting the machines. Edit

  • That was an excerpt from The Brides of Dracula (1960). Edit

  • The Twins, (Adrian Rayment) and (Neil Rayment), are leftover programs from a previous version of the Matrix. When the Architect (Helmut Bakaitis) created the first Matrix, it was an utopian society. The human psyche rejected this environment, and it crashed. The second version of the Matrix was the complete opposite of the first. (It was a dystopian society with supernatural mythological figures (including ghosts, werewolves, and vampires.) The human psyche also rejected this environment, resulting in a crash. When the third and stable version of the Matrix was created, programs from previous versions were considered obsolete, and many were purged. Some went to work for the Merovingian (Lambert Wilson), who protected them from deletion. The Twins have been variously described as ghosts, specters, or wraiths. Edit

  • Bane (Ian Bliss) was a crewman on the Caduceus before his body was taken over by Smith on the night of the Zion party. Edit

  • If by "saved" we mean the salvation of Zion as the Architect describes it (picking certain people to repopulate Zion), it would (by assumption) be what the Machines expected to happen. They didn't necessarily have a plan for situation otherwise, but most likely they did—with or without the guidance or consent, of Architect or of the other capitol programs. If Neo attempted to rescue Zion, he would fail ("rest assured, this will be the sixth time we have destroyed it, and we have become exceedingly efficient at it"), and the Machines would allow the Matrix to go irreversibly offline ("a cataclysmic system crash killing everyone connected"), thereby exterminating humanity altogether and threatening the Machines' continued existence (thus possibly tantamount to mutual assured destruction), but the Architect also assures Neo, "There are levels of survival we are prepared to accept." Edit

  • The Matrix Reloaded Enhanced Story Presentation, with highlighted dialogue and over 200 screenshots placed in sync with the story. Edit



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  • Although Smith was defeated, and ruined as a security program, some portion of his code seems to have persisted. According to his own speech, he was ordered to 'return to the Source' to be deleted; but refused to do so, and assumed the viroid character shown thereafter. Edit

  • Those involved in the creation of this movie took a realistic approach to Agent Smith. Neo had hacked the program and deleted him. The shock shown by the two other agents, as they ran off, showed that they recognize this impossible thing that should not have been allowed to happen.

    In the real computer world, nothing you delete is ever truly gone! It always remains, until the space is reclaimed or wiped by a maintenance program. This is what happened with the program smith, he was deleted and like the program he was, he was waiting for final deletion or his space to be reclaimed for something else.

    However when Neo deleted Agent Smith, possibly a part of him imprinted on smith. This gave Smith the ability to undelete and copy himself. When he copied himself over other programs, he was able to take over their abilities.

    This all leads to the final scene! Where Neo realizes that the only way to defeat Agent Smith was to allow Agent Smith to copy himself over Neo. Then Neo would have access and remove the code he imprinted on Smith. After this was done, Agent Smith would finally be wiped from the system. Edit

  • The Architect explains that the first version of the Matrix was designed to be a paradise free from suffering. However it was a "monumental failure" because humans felt it was some kind of dream and kept fighting the environment trying to free themselves, eventually leading to war and many deaths. He then designed its second version based on humans' worst persons (an image of Hitler is depicted, maybe to lead wars and keep those under control) and fantasies (powerful monsters were developed to hunt humans and kill those who'd reject the world). But it also failed, as most humans also rejected it and it became a mess. He then explains that the Oracle found out that humans were feeling they were being controlled and didn't accept that, so he designed the third version in a way that humans would feel, even if only subconsciously, that they had a choice. That led to over 99% choosing to stay, but inevitably there were those that would indeed choose to reject it, and they were still a threat if not put under control. He then allowed humans that'd choose to leave to actually leave the Matrix, and create Zion, a city where they could live, feeling they had chosen to be there. These humans were also allowed to enter Matrix back to look for other humans willing to leave and free them, so that they don't stay threatening the Matrix. Indeed, these people's actions are very destructive in the short periods they are inside it, frequently doing what we could call terrorism. Very distinct from when they are in Zion where they bound together to build and protect it. This issue also creates an anomaly: eventually a human would develop the ability of controlling Matrix's rules. Knowing that Zion's overgrowth is still a threat to the Matrix and that this anomaly would happen, the Architect created a method of controlling these humans so that the Oracle would earn their trust and direct the anomaly into the source, where he'd have to choose between saving Zion and causing Matrix to crash and kill all humans, or saving Matrix and humans in it and let Zion's population to die and then restart the loop choosing a few humans to rebuild Zion. He'd also prophetize his returning (as the anomaly is systemic and predicted to continue happening) and not tell them the truth, thereby betraying them, but making this system stable, so that humans and machines can both survive in some sort of harmony. It's not clear if Zion's world is the real world or a second virtual world, which would mean that all its inhabitants are still trapped in a dream. And there is a possibility that The One himself isn't a human that develops the ability to control Matrix's rules and needs to be controlled and persuaded, but another program the Architect created to fool the humans that choose to reject the Matrix and is enabled when Zion grows to a certain level. It's also implied that the Oracle isn't predicting the future, but instead is the equivalent of a real world's charlatan, who fools naive humans by using psychology methods. She tells them something is gonna happen in their lives, if it heppens then she was right, if it doesn't then they keep looking/waiting for it to. Edit

  • After explaining to Neo his purpose in the Matrix, the Architect presents him with two doors: the door on the right leads to the Source, while the door on the left leads to Trinity, who is falling just as in Neo's dream. Flying as quickly as possible, Neo catches her just seconds before she hits the ground and carries her to the top of a building where he reaches through the code of the Matrix and extracts the bullet, but it is too late. Trinity's heart stops beating, and she dies both in the Matrix and on the Nebuchadnezzar. Refusing to accept her death, Neo reaches through the code against and squeezes her heart, causing it to start beating again. Later, back on the Nebuchadnezzar, Morpheus can't believe that the Oracle's prophecy has not come true. Neo explains that the prophecy was a lie, another part of the Matrix meant to control them. Suddenly, the proximity alarm goes off, alerting the crew that Sentinels are near. They flee the ship just in time to watch it blown apart. As the Sentinels come after them, Neo suddenly stops running and exclaims, "Something's different...I can feel them." He raises his hand and, like an EMP, stops them in mid-air, sending the Sentinels crashing to the ground. However, the strain is too much on Neo, and he also collapses, just as the Hammer arrives to rescue them. While Neo lies unconscious in sickbay, Trinity at his side, the Hammer crew tells Morpheus and Link about the counterattack Commander Lock (Harry Lennix) had planned but explains that someone screwed up and fired an EMP before they were in position, turning it into a slaughter. There was only one survivor, and he now lies unconscious in the sickbay of the Hammer with Neo. In the final scene, the camera pans from Neo to the patient lying next to him. It is Bane. Edit

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