Have you ever had a dream that you were was sure was real? How do you know the difference between a dream and reality? What if a movie had the power to change the way you understood your existence.
For over 20 years, “The Matrix” has been challenging our perception of reality. As Neo discovers the shocking truth about the life he knew to be accurate, viewers around the globe are sucked into an ongoing battle to destroy the illusion that has been enslaving humanity. Are you ready to dig deeper into “The Matrix” with little known facts about the film’s production?
Filming in Australia
The film’s entire production, both interior and exterior sets, were shot in Australia. The decision to shoot in Australia was made for tax purposes, lowering the film’s budget significantly. Interestingly enough, all the street names were taken from locations in Chicago, inspired by where the Wachowskis grew up.
Warner Brothers studio were convinced that the Wachowskis, who had no previous experience, were underqualified to direct the major motion picture. To prove they were worth taking the risk, the Wachowskis wrote and directed the 1996 film, “Bound.” It seems like they managed to prove their merit!
Brushing up on Philosophy
The film’s directors had all the lead actors read “Out of Control” by Kevin Kelly, “Simulacra and Simulation” by Jean Baudrillard, and “Introducing Evolutionary Psychology” by Dylan Evans and Oscar Zarate to appreciate the movie’s world better. A nod to the movie’s philosophy, Neo hides his illegal files in a copy of “Simulacra and Simulation.” Did you notice it?
This next one is for those to pay close attention to detail. Every scene that takes place within the computer world we know was the Matrix, was given a green hue. The scenes that took place within the real world have a blue tint. Moreover, the only time green appears in “the real world” is in the scenes we see the Matrix code within the ship’s computer screen. Never noticed that, did you?
Though we couldn’t imagine anyone other than Keanu Reeves for the part of Neo, the filmmakers had a long list of actors they preferred. Both Nicolas Cage and Will smith formally turned down the role, and Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp were considered before it the decision was made to cast Reeves.