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The Matrix


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NOTE: This is a tough, tough spoiler to write. I would never have attempted it. The majority of this spoiler was sent in by foroceansblue. Many others wrote in to add scenes or make minor corrections. Thanks to all...

The movie opens with the camera weaving through the matrix, and the zoom comes to a rest as the code of the matrix form the face of a clock. The image morphs into a real clock, just as midnight strikes.

At that moment, a motorcycle comes flying through the air. The rider leaps off at the last moment, and lands safely while the bike explodes in a huge fireball. Security guards come running out and the rider takes off her helmet, revealing Trinity (Carrie Ann Moss). Trinity then fights her way through the guards. They chase her into a building and she ends up falling backwards through a window, firing at her pursuers as she plummets towards the earth. Time slows down and we see the chase in slow motion. Bullets are creating small sonic booms as they race through the air, until finally, one makes its way directly into Trinity’s stomach. She gasps and her eyes go blank.

Neo (Keanu Reeves) wakes up. It was a dream, and Trinity is sleeping soundly beside him. He gets up, leaving her in bed.

Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) and Link (Harold Perrineau) – who replaces Tank (Marcus Chong) – are at the controls, and Morpheus is guiding Link to a landing place for the ship. Link keeps asking Morpheus if he was sure about the spot and Morpheus makes Link promise that if he is to continue as the operator of his ship, Link is going to have to always trust Morpheus. Link makes his promise.

Trinity has followed Neo out of the bed. She asks him why he couldn’t sleep and he can’t answer her, not trusting himself to tell her about his nightmare.

Morpheus and his crew hook into the Matrix, and attend a meeting held by several other crews from Zion. Attending are Captain Niobe (Jada Pinkett-Smith) and Captain Sorren (Steve Bastoni). They are discussing what needs to be done – sentinels are quickly drilling their way towards Zion and Captain Lock (the head of Zion’s defense) is calling all ships to return to prepare for war. But everyone knows that the Oracle is about to make contact and a ship must remain plugged in to receive her message. Morpheus suggests that one ship remain behind. Niobe objects, saying that it is against strict orders from Lock. Morpheus manages to convince the group that someone should stay. Neo suddenly hears something and bounds upstairs. Outside, we see two agents making their way towards the door (behind which the exiles are meeting). One knocks on the door. The guard opens a small window in the door and looks out. The agent asks if Neo is there. The guard denies his presence. The agent slips an envelope through the window, saying that it’s for Neo and he’ll know what it means.

The guard shuts the window just as Neo comes up the stairs. He opens the envelope and sees the earpiece that Agent Smith used to have. He tells the guard to go downstairs and break the meeting up. Meanwhile the agents are breaking through the metal door. Once they break through, they comment, as they approach Neo, “Remember, he’s only human.” Neo coolly fights them, stopping only to make the comment, “Hm, upgrades.” He quickly decimates them and then kneels slowly, as the ground beneath him warps and ripples outward. He takes a mighty leap and flies upwards.

Back at the ship, Morpheus asks Link what Neo is up to. Link mutters, “He’s doing his superman thing again.”

Back in Zion, Neo is met by a multitude of people, all offering him gifts and urging him to offer protection over family members or needy friends. Neo is overwhelmed but graciously spends time with them, even though he and Trinity are desperately hungering after each other.

Captain Lock (Harry Lennix) calls Morpheus into his office, demanding to know why Morpheus disobeyed him. Morpheus explains that his belief in the prophecy prevented him from doing otherwise. Lock is adamant that the prophecy is false, and the only way to fight off the sentinels is to strike first. Morpheus stands firm. Neo finds out that Lock and Morpheus have an awkward past, since Niobe was with Morpheus and is now with Lock.

That night, a temple meeting is held, and Morpheus is asked by the counselor to make a speech. Morpheus addresses the mass that is Zion, acknowledging that the machines are attacking and their way of life is being threatened. He rouses them with words of bravery, pointing out that they still remain after 100 years of struggle. The crowd is moved by his speech, and as the drum beats increase in tempo, the people of Zion break into dance.

Neo awakes from a dream where he saw Agent Smith copy himself to a man that was about to pick up a hardline and leave the Matrix. After he copies himself, Agent Smith picks up the ringing phone and disappears like everyone else when they leave the Matrix and he heads back to Zion.

The next day, the ship that remained behind in the Matrix arrives in Zion, bringing news that the Oracle has made contact and Neo needs to leave to meet her. The crew take off, but not before the council decide to allow two other ships to accompany Morpheus and his crew. Niobe is one of the two captains to volunteer for the mission. Lock is shocked, but cannot change her mind.

Just as they board the ship, we see one of Zion’s residents cutting two very deep lines into his left palm. As Neo and Trinity walk past his window, he starts walking after them, knife in hand. He looks like he is about to attack when someone behind him shouts Neo’s name. It’s one of the kids from Zion who brings Neo a gift from an orphan: a silver spoon. Neo’s would-be attacker hides his knife behind his back, and tells Neo that he only wanted to wish him good luck. This is really a person that Agent Smith transformed into. The reason why he cut his hand twice was in part one, Agent Smith said he never knew what pain felt like.

Soon, Neo is back in the matrix. He walks into what looks like a Chinatown and opens the door into an empty restaurant. Sitting on one of the benches is Seraph (Collin Chao). Neo, through his altered vision (he sees everything as code), sees that the man is not made up of the green code of the matrix like everything else in the room – but instead glows gold. Neo announces himself and Seraph, with a quick apology, starts fighting Neo. Neo responds well, fighting until Seraph holds up his hand. Seraph tells Neo that with all the imposters out there, he had to make sure Neo was the one. Neo says, “You could have just asked me.” Seraph replies, “Yes, but you don’t really know someone until you fight them.” He opens the door that Neo came through, but now it leads to a courtyard. Sitting on a bench, feeding pigeons, is the Oracle (the late Gloria Foster). In this conversation, Neo learns that the Oracle is actually a type of “rogue programme” who has the run of the matrix. Neo also learns that to do what he needs to do to save Zion, he needs to get to the source. To get to the source, he has to find the Keymaker, who is being held prisoner by Merovingian (Lambert Wilson). Neo needs to meet with Merovingian at a specific time to get to the Keymaker.

The Oracle leaves with Seraph, just as Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) comes around the corner. Neo prepares to fight, but Smith has some news to impart to Neo. Because he is no longer plugged in (he removed his earpiece – symbolically his attachment to the matrix) he has become a sort of virus like element within the matrix, and he is back to avenge his destruction by Neo (in the last film). As he explains this, copies of himself start appearing, and walking towards Neo, until Neo is surrounded by 10 Smiths. Neo crouches and starts fighting. Real agents start arriving, but Smith jabs his hand into the agent’s chest. Black liquid starts enveloping the agent and then morphs into another Smith.

Soon, Neo is battling a hundred of them – this is a great fight scene – and they just keep multiplying. Link, Morpheus and Trinity are watching from the ship, and are awed by what Neo is able to do in the matrix. Neo crouches, the ground ripples, and he is away, leaving the Smiths behind.

Not long afterwards, Morpheus, Trinity and Neo are in Merovingian’s building. Neo, with his altered matrix-vision, has detected many, many bombs and devices installed to keep out intruders. As they step out of the elevator, they are met by a maitre-d’ who shows them to Merovingian’s table. Merovingian is lunching and makes small talk about the beauty of the French language (wholly based on the fact that when you swear in French, it’s like “wiping your ass with silk”) and the quality of French wine. Merovingian also introduces Persephone, his wife. Neo gets right down to business, saying that they are there to free the Keymaker. Merovingian makes a speech about cause and effect, scoffing at Neo because he knows that Neo doesn’t really know why he needs to find the Keymaker and get to the source– he’s just been told to do so. Merovingian further explains cause and effect by using an unsuspecting victim: the woman eating at one of the tables in the restaurant. Merovingian tells Neo that he programmed the chocolate cake being served to the woman. The woman doesn’t know that it’s been programmed by Merovingian to set off an orgasm. She takes a bite and her entire being is swept into an explosive climax. She struggles to keep her composure and ends up leaving the table and heads to the bathroom. Cause… and effect.

Merovingian smiles, tells Neo that he will not give up the KeyMaker, and excuses himself, saying that he needs to take a piss. Persephone doesn’t look pleased, but says nothing, knowing that her husband is headed for the woman who bit into the doctored chocolate cake.

Neo, Morpheus and Trinity head back to the elevator. They are puzzled. The Oracle predicted that they would find the KeyMaker, but they have not even got past Merovingian. The elevator doors open, and Persephone tells them that she will lead them to the KeyMaker. She takes them into the men’s bathroom and proposes a deal. If Neo kisses her like he kisses Trinity, she will betray her husband and help them find the KeyMaker. Trinity immediately loads and points her gun at Persephone. Morpheus dissuades her. Neo agrees, giving Persephone a quick kiss. Persephone is disappointed and starts to leave. Neo re-engages her, and does indeed give her a deep passionate kiss. Trinity doesn’t look pleased.

Persephone keeps her promise, saying that Merovingian deserves to be snubbed, and takes them to the KeyMaker (Randall Duk Kim), who is being kept in a cell full of keys.

He looks up at Neo as he enters saying, “I’ve been expecting you.” As the group starts to exit the building, Merovingian and his thugs stop them. The KeyMaker starts running. Neo tells Morpheus and Trinity to follow him. He will take care of Merovingian’s gang. Merovingian laughs, saying that Neo doesn’t know what he’s talking about. His gang starts pumping their machine guns. Neo holds out his hand. Hundreds of bullets stop in mid-air, then drop to the ground. A fight ensues, until it’s just Neo and Merovingian. Merovingian swears that he will be avenged, and walks out the door. Neo tries to get to the door before it closes, but he’s too late. When he opens it again, it opens onto a Tibetan-like vista.

Neo turns around and runs after the KeyMaker, Morpheus and Trinity. They are being chased by the Virii twins (Neil and Adrian Rayment). The twins can become material and immaterial at their choosing (therefore being able to pass through solid objects at whim). Morpheus pulls a samurai sword from the wall and started to rain blows on the Virii – but they “ghost” themselves so the blade passes through them harmlessly. As Morpheus, Trinity and the KeyMaker come upon a locked door, the KeyMaker produces a key that opens the door into a garage. They get through, but Morpheus doesn’t close the door in time to keep out the Virii. Trinity and the KeyMaker jump into a car. The Virii start fighting with Morpheus. Neo is just rounding the corner when one of the Virii shuts the door. When Neo opens it, he finds the same Tibetan-like vista. Neo calls Link who tells him that he is now 500 miles away from where Morpheus is. Neo starts flying at high speed.

Morpheus, Trinity and the Keymaker are now in a car speeding towards the highway – there’s an overpass that is the nearest spot for them to get out of the matrix. The Virii twins are in hot pursuit. Soon, agents join the chase. There are crashes, car flips and semi’s bearing down on medians. Trinity and the Keymaker end up jumping onto a hauler with brand new motorbikes. The Keymaker provides the right ignition key and they are off on a shiny black Ducati. Trinity starts speeding down the highway (in the opposite direction of traffic), dodging bullets, cars, and trucks. Morpheus is fighting with the Virii (one of whom “ghosts” himself so he passes through metal and into Morpheus’ car). Niobe contacts Link, who tells her that Morpheus needs help. Soon after this conversation, Morpheus is ejected from his car, onto the hood of an oncoming car… driven by Niobe. Morpheus quickly recovers, and launches himself onto a nearby semi. Morpheus’ semi is now barreling towards Trinity and the KeyMaker. Morpheus stabs his samurai sword into the side of his semi, and stands on the hilt. As they cross paths, Morpheus reaches down and grabs the KeyMaker, throwing him onto the top of his semi. But they are not safe yet. An agent is waiting on an approaching overpass. As the semi passes under it, the agent leaps off a bridge onto the semi and starts fighting Morpheus.

The driver of another semi (a couple miles ahead of Morpheus’ semi) then morphs into an agent, who throws that semi into a huge u-turn. Now, two semis are flying towards each other. As collision becomes imminent, Morpheus mutters, “Neo, wherever you are, I sure could use some help right now.” Neo is zipping through the air at hyper speed. So fast that Link doesn’t even know what is moving so quickly through the ether. Neo grabs onto Morpheus and the KeyMaker just as the fireball of the crash licks upward. Link sees this and pumps his arms into the air with a crazy grin on his face.

Morpheus, the KeyMaker, Neo and Trinity now meet with the captains of the two other ships. The KeyMaker tells of how he has the key, and knows the door that leads to the source. The source is the matrix mainframe. Neo, as “the one” is the only person who can open that door at the stroke of midnight, and fulfill the prophecy of saving Zion. The door is in a huge building, on a floor where no elevators nor stairs can reach. The only way to unlock the door without setting off all sorts of bombs is to disable the building. The only way to disable the building is to first cut off electricity to 27 city blocks surrounding the building, and also cut off the emergency power system. Niobe and the other captain take the tasks of disabling the systems.

That night Neo pleads with Trinity to keep out of the matrix, but cannot bring himself to tell her way. She agrees.

The three ships lock their crews into the matrix. They get to work. However one of the ships (not Niobe’s nor Morpheus’) are attacked by sentinels. The ship is destroyed and the crew of that ship collapse in the matrix before completing their task. Trinity sees this and decides to help out. Link places her as close to the building as possible: on a motorbike on the roof of a neighboring building. Trinity revs the engine and takes off (this is the scene the movie opened with).

Meanwhile, the Keymaker, Morpheus and Neo are in a white hallway with hundreds of unmarked green doors. The Keymaker is leading them to the door when Agent Smith turns up (with a couple of his clones). Morpheus and Neo do battle with them. The KeyMaker finds the door and inserts his key. Neo and Morpheus run towards the opening as the Smiths open fire. The KeyMaker manage to close the door in time. However, he takes several bullets and dies, handing Neo his key before expiring.

Neo take the key, and unlocks the second door in the room. The door glows bright until Neo is drowned in white light. He enters a room filled with monitors of himself, and comes face to face with a white-haired man in a chair. The man introduces himself as the Architect (Helmut Bakaitis). The architect explains that Neo is the sixth version of “the one” to make his way through that door. There have been 6 Zions and now, Neo is about to end this 6th cycle and begin the 7th. Turns out that the matrix has to be imperfect, it has to allow for a Zion to happen. So Neo has a choice (this as he watches Trinity’s fight on the screens) he can go through the right door, where he will see the 6th Zion destroyed, but he can pick 16 women and 7 men to create the new Zion. He can go through the left door and save Trinity, Zion and all the “sleeping humans” will be destroyed forever – the architect adds that although they will not have humans from which to harvest energy in that scenario, they are willing to exist on a low level for some time.

The architect commented that all of Neo’s predecessor’s have chosen the right door, because each had possessed a certain level of detachment. The architect notes that he doesn’t sense that detachment in Neo. The architect also reveals that while he is seen as the father of the matrix, there is another programme, specializing in human psychology, who can be seen as the mother of the matrix. Neo understands, saying, “The Oracle”. The Architect derisively states that the Oracle is not the mother of the Matrix. The Architect doesn't seem to know where the mother of the Matrix is. In this moment he seems to be a little worried about this other program.

Trinity has begun her fall. Neo rushes through the left door, saying to the architect, “you better hope you won’t see me again.” He flies through the air as the building explodes in a fireball. He catches Trinity just before she hits the ground and brings her up onto a neighboring rooftop. Trinity fades, and dies, apologizing to Neo, but saying she had to do what she had to do. Neo in a moment where he expands his power once again, is able to reach into Trinity, remove the bullet, and also pump her heart. Trinity is alive again. They two kiss, with Trinity saying, “I guess we are now even.”

The two find themselves back on the ship, but the sentinels are now bearing down on them. They are not close enough for the ship’s electromagnetic defenses… and sends a bomb towards the ship. Morpheus orders everyone to evacuate. As they climb through the rubble of the outside world, Neo stops. He tells Trinity that something is different. He tells Trinity that he can feel the sentinels. As the sentinels close in on them, Neo raises his hand and sends and giant electromagnetic shock wave towards them. They are disabled and crash to the ground. Neo collapses.

Just at that moment, Niobe’s ship arrives and rescues them. The doctor notes that Neo is in a coma-like state but he is otherwise okay. Trinity stays with him. Meanwhile, Niobe and the crew tell Morpheus about how Zion’s fight against the drills are going. Apparently, there was a saboteur. The drills and sentinels knew about the counter-attack before hand and were completely prepared. It was a massacre for Zion’s troops. They managed to look for survivors and suspiciously, there was only one. He’s also in the hospital wing at the moment….

The camera swings over Neo’s body to the bed next to his… as the camera pans up – we see that it is the face of the man who was cutting his palm (remember, this is actually Agent Smith).

Drumroll to a black screen that says: “To be concluded”.

Note: After about 10 minutes of credits there is a short preview to Matrix 3

*For a better view of the Architect's conversation with Neo, here is the transcript sent in by Funkchild#12. who says..."This is an addition for your matrix spoiler." The crux of this movie’s plot lies in the conversation between Neo and the Architect, and the current spoiler kind of glosses over the scene." The scene takes place in a room full of TV screens of a different Neo. Each is most likely some sort of visual display of tangent possibilities of human behavior.

Here is a transcript:"

Architect: hello Neo.

Neo: Who are you?

Architect: I am the Architect. I created the Matrix I've been waiting for you.
You have many questions, and though the process has altered your consciousness you remain irrevocably human ergo some of my answers you will understand, and some of them you will not. Concordantly, while your first question may be the most pertinent, you may or may not realize it is also the most irrelevant.

Neo: Why am I here?

Architect: Your life is the sum of a remainder of an unbalanced equation inherent to the programming of the matrix. You are the eventuality of an anomaly which despite my sincerest efforts I have been unable to eliminate from what is otherwise a harmony of mathematical precision. While it remains a burden asciduously avoided it is not unexpected, and thus not beyond a measure of control. Which has led you

Neo: You haven't answered my question.

Architect: Quite right. Interesting...that was quicker than the others.

(TV Neos: Others [how many others?] what others? answer my question!)

Architect: The matrix is older than you know. I prefer counting from the emergence of one integral anomaly to the emergence of the next, in which case this is the 6th version.

(Tv Neos: 5 ones before me? 4...3..2.. what are you talking about? There are only 2 possible explanations, either no one told me....)

Neo: ...or no one knows.

Architect: Precisely. As you are undoubtedly gathering, the anomaly is systemic--creating fluctuations in even the most simplistic equations.

(Tv Neos: You can't contol me! I'm gonna smash the wall I'll fuckin kill you! etc..)

Neo: Choice. The problem is choice.

Cut to Trinity vs Agent.

Architect: The first Matrix I designed was quite naturally perfect. It was a work of art...flawless, sublime. And triumphed equally only by its monumental failure. The inevitability of its doom is apparent to me now as a consequence of the imperfection inherent in every human being. Thus. I redesigned it based on your history to more accurately reflect the varying grotesqueries of your nature. However, I was again frustrated by failure. I have since come to understand that the answer eluded me because it required a lesser mind, or perhaps a mind less bound by the parameters of perfection. Thus the answer was stumbled upon by another--An intuitive program, initially created to investigate certain aspects of the human psyche. If I am the father of the matrix, she would undoubtedly be its Mother.

Neo: The Oracle.

Architect: Please (sarcastic). As I was saying, she stumbled upon a solution whereby nearly 99% of all test subjects accepted the program, as long as they were given a choice...even if they were only aware of the choice at a near unconscious level. While this answer functioned, it was obviously fundamentally flawed, thus creating the otherwise contradictory systemic anomaly that if left unchecked might threaten the system itself. Ergo those that refused the program, while a minority, if unchecked would constitute an escalating probability of disaster.

Neo: This is about Zion.

Architect: You are here because Zion is about to be destroyed--its every living inhabitant terminated, its entire existence eradicated.

Neo: Bullshit

(TV Neos: Bullshit! Bullshit! Bullshit!)

Architect: Denial is the most predictable of all human responses, but rest assured...this will be the 6th time we have destroyed it, and we have become exceedingly efficient at it.

Cut to Trinity vs Agent

Architect: The function of the One is now to return to the Source, allowing a temporary dissemination of the code you cary, reinserting the prime program. After which, you will be required to select from the matrix 23 individuals--16 females, 7 male--to rebuild Zion. Failure to comply with this process will result in a cataclysmic system crash, killing everyone connected to the Matrix, which coupled with the extermination of Zion will ultimately result in the extinction of the entire human race.

Neo: You won't let it happen. You can't. You need human beings to survive.

Architect: There are levels of survival we are prepared to accept. However the relevant issue is whether or not you are ready to accept the responsibility of the death of every human being on this world. It is interesting reading your reactions. Your 5 predecessors were, by design, based on a similar predication--a contingent affirmation that was meant to create a profound attachment to the rest of your species, facilitating the function of the One. While the others experienced this in a very general way, your experience is far more specific--vis a

Neo: Trinity.

Architect: Appropos, she entered the matrix to save your life, at the cost of her own.

Neo: No...

Architect: Which brings us at last to the moment of truth, wherein the fundamental flaw is ultimately expressed, and the anomaly revealed as both beginning and end. There are two doors. The door to your right leads to the Source, and the salvation of Zion. The door to your left leads back to the matrix, to her and to the end of your Species. As you adequately put, the problem is choice. But we already know what you are going to do, don't we? Already, I can see the chain-reaction--the chemical precursors that signal the onset of an emotion, designed specifically to overwhelm logic and reason--an emotion that is already blinding you from the simple and obvious truth...she is going to die, and there is nothing you can do to stop it.

Architect: Hope. It is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of your greatest strength and your greatest weakness.

Neo: If I were you, I would hope that we don't meet again.

Architect: We won't.

Neo exits out of the left door.


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