No movie has been as influential as the “The Matrix” trilogy in the science fiction genre in the modern era. It has a complex storyline filled with mysteries, twists, metaphors, and hidden meanings. Unfortunately, as a result, viewers tend to miss out on minute details or fail to grasp subtle aspects of the plot when watching for the first time. Here are some brilliant details about the “The Matrix” trilogy you only realize after a rewatch:
Ahead-Of-Time Representation Of Communities:
The Matrix surpasses other movies of its time with its diverse casting. A positive trend in modern Hollywood, diverse casting aims to better represent actors coming from any race, gender, age, or religion. The three lead roles in the movie are played by a woman, a Black man, and an Asian man. The Matrix tries to portray a world where one’s skills, qualities, and leadership matter the most.
The Car Of Revelations:
The license plate of Agent Smith’s Audi in Matrix: Revolution reads “IS 5416”. It’s referring to Isaiah 54:16, the 16th verse of the 54th chapter of the Bible. The King James translation reads – “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.” Although the “smith” mentioned here is meant differently, the verse accurately describes the character of Agent Smith.
One more biblical reference involves the Keymaker and the Architect, two main programs of the matrix. When the Keymaker explains the path to reach the Source of the Matrix to Neo, he says that they have to blackout 27 city blocks of electricity and that he will then have a window of 314 seconds to reach the mythical door. This refers to chapter 3, verse 14 (note, 27 and 314) of the 27th book of the Bible’s New Testament, Revelation. The King James translation reads: “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; these things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God.” The scripture foreshadows Neo’s encounter with the architect and his task to reset the Matrix for its next iteration, thus returning to “the beginning of the creation.”
The Collapse of Matrix:
When Neo and Smith are engaged in a duel at the end of “The Matrix Revolutions,” there is a sudden downpour. However, the droplets aren’t water at all but individual lines of the matrix code. It implies the literal falling apart of the matrix due to Smith’s efforts to assimilate the virtual world. Several such examples of imagery, such as rain covered throughout the first two films. All these symbolize the artificial nature of the cyber world.
The Background Score That Holds More Importance Than A Ear Can Hear
The music composer Don Davis packed the score up with some mystery instruments and rhythm nuances that one can’t easily decipher. At least not on the first listen. For example, Davis used mechanical instruments for themes tied to the fake world. Whereas, he used choral music for themes connected to humanity. Moreover, how the chorus playing over Neo and Smith’s final battle is actually a Sanskrit mantra from the Upanishads about finding the truth.