Matrix Production Team Part I

By in Production Team on May 22 2015


Warner Bros. Studios and Australian Village Roadshow Pictures co-produced The Matrix. The scenes were filmed at the Fox Studios in Sydney, Australia and in the city itself. If you happen to notice, popular landmarks were excluded to be able to maintain the setting of a generic American City. On the other hand, tourism spots such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, AWA Tower, Martin Place and Commonwealth Bank Branches are visible in some shots. The Subtle nods were included to Chicago, Illinois, the home city of the directors, through place names, city maps, and a subtly placed picture of the Sears Tower.

The True Matrix

By in Random Thoughts on May 15 2015

matrixThe film may have been fictional but the reality is that the beginnings of a Matrix like world where technology has turned against us, it’s creators is already in play. Much like the plot of the Terminator series of films, the Internet has begun to form the likes of the global defense network that went hay-wire causing havoc and turning the machines against its creators and masters. Such is the fear of some people of technology which has led to motion pictures on the same path, to show that we can only go so far and that there should be a limit to what we can do and change should we have the capability to do so. The internet is the ever-present beginnings of a neural net which connects all computers of this earth and the newly introduced cloud is the beginnings of the true matrix, where all information is located and stored for use by others, and if indeed we do get around to creating artificial intelligence that becomes better than us then the future may have been written.
The many films of technology being a greater evil is a true and ever present possibility for even now, there are certain aspects of the internet we cannot control or prevent. Spam, malware, bot-nets and many more threats from the internet have certain similarities to the features in the film. When man is a mere power source, like the batteries that operate our many gadgets and gizmos, for a polluted planet where the surface has become so toxic for humans to live in and where the machine thrives. Humans demoted to the underworld where certain factors prevent the machines from coming and taking over the whole world of the free. We are living in our very own real matrix, just in a different plane of time and space.

The Matrix Comics

By in Information on May 8 2015

The Matrix Comics is a graphic novel collection of twelve online comics that were published on the official Matrix movie website. Although you can still read the comics on the Internet, the Wachowski brothers responded to the consumer demand for a printed hard copy. The twelve stories in the volume are selected from each of the comic series published online. Imagine having chosen the blue pill instead of the red and regretting this decision, or having to your life repeatedly rewound several years back while the robots try to get it right, or watch your art come alive and kill your patrons. These are some of the powerful storylines in the Matrix mythos that you can find in this volume.

Interpreting Persephone in Matrix

By in Trivia on May 1 2015


By: MJ

The ancient mythology regarding Persephone is similar to Neo’s taking of red pills. The fact that Persephone, a beautiful daughter of two gods, agreed to be together with a god of evil Hades means that she had taken a risk of living in darkness with a man all her life. The only escape that her mother Demeter had given her was the temporary freedom from darkness.

Neo becomes no different from this ancient character for he takes the red pills without ceasing although he knew that it won’t bring about any good to him. Like Persephone, he had been drawn to darkness and he can only escape from the addiction temporarily.

Did You Know? Matrix Movie Trivias I

By in Trivia on April 24 2015

• The Part of Neo was originally offered to Ewan McGregor. Titanic Star Leonardo DiCaprio was also considered for the Matrix lead role.

• Actor/Rap star Will Smith admitted in an interview with Wired Magazine that he was not smart enough as an actor when he turned down the offer to play the role of Neo.

• From October 1997 to March 1998, the main actors spent four months to familiarize themselves and study martial arts with experts to learn the fight moves. The actors actually though that it will only take them a few weeks. The training took place before the filming of the movie.

Themes: Sleep/Dreaming

By in Information on April 17 2015

Sleep usually represents the unconscious, imagination, or death. In the Matrix movies, dreaming usually refers to the life in the Matrix. The humans who are asleep or living in the Matrix are working on an unconscious level, with their physical bodies and conscious minds at rest. In this sense, sleeping represents a lack of knowledge of the truth.

Sleeping is also used as a way to escape from the real world and its problems. In the first movie, Cypher wanted to “sleep permanently” and go back to the Matrix because he couldn’t handle the truth. Neo passed out when he found out what the Matrix is, and he asked Morpheus if he could return to the Matrix.

In Greek Mythology, Morpheus is also the god of dreams.

The last human city of Zion

By in Matrix Plot on April 10 2015

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Zion is the last human city on Earth after a nuclear war between humankind and sentient Machines, which generally dominated the world. After the attack of the United Nations on the newly established Zero One’s Machine Civilization, a nuclear war began between the humans and machines to control the Earth. The humans and the leaders knew that the machines had higher chances of winning over them, thus began to build an underground city built to preserve solely the human race. The war ended in the machines’ favor. The people were forced to survive on their newly claimed territory. This became ultimately uninhabitable by the humans. And the survivors were captured and put into bioelectric cell holdings and practically wired to the matrix to keep them at bay. Amazingly, 23 people were freed by a mysterious figure known as “The One”. He helped continue to build the city and manages to operate it partially harnessing the power of geothermal energy. He initiated the drive to finish the city and fight the machines whether inside or outside of the matrix. The one died and soon after, the humans wages war to free the matrix’ population from their cyber prison.

Matrix Reloaded Banned in Egypt

By in Trivia on April 3 2015


Did you know that The Matrix Reloaded was banned in Egypt?

Madkour Thabit, the head of the film censorship group in Egypt banned the movie from release in the country because of religious reasons. Though the committee claimed that the violence in the movie had a small impact on their judgement, the main reason for banning was the openly religious themes that permeate the plot. The statement released by the groups stated that Matrix Reloaded movie discussed the themes of “the creator and his creations, searching for the origin of creation and the issue of compulsion and free will.” The group felt that this was not a healthy line of thought for a religiously appropriate upbringing.

The underwhelming Matrix sequel

By in Arts And Entertainment, Random Thoughts on March 27 2015

The first Matrix was one hell of a film. It helped redefine science fiction for the new generation by incorporating not just western science fiction references but also styles from Japanese manga, anime and wuxia movies. The Matrix was revolutionary and it became the bar by which “cool” movies were measured.
It’s a shame that the two subsequent sequels failed to live up to the promise of the first movie and even damaged its potential to become a classic much like the Star Wars have become over the years. It’s going to take a few more years to find out if The Matrix’s reputation does survive the effects of the poorly received sequels.

Awards and Nominations

By in Trivia on March 20 2015


By: MJ

The Matrix movie received Oscar Awards on the following areas:

a.) Film Editing
b.) Sound Effects Editing
c.) Visual Effects
d.) Sound

The Matrix also became the first ever movie that received the Academy Awards for Visual Effects against the Star Wars series (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace). It won the 1999 Saturn Awards for Best Science Fiction Film and Best Direction. Moreover, it had received awards for Best Sound and Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects. Other than that, it had also been nominated for an award in the following categories:

a.) cinematography
b.) production design
c.) editing categories