The first Matrix film redefined cinema, or at the very least its genre. By the mid 2000s (within 5 years of its release) the bullet time scene had been spoofed/used in more than 20 wide release films. The Matrix Reloaded, when it was released, held the title of highest grossing R-rated movie of all time, until Jesus himself had to come take the title from Neo (in The Passion of the Christ). The Matrix Revolutions was only the second movie ever to release simultaneously in standard theaters and IMAX, setting the standard we live by to this day.
The trilogy changed movies, and movie going, no matter how you look it at. Plus, it still holds up amazingly well more than a decade later (you can't say that about a lot of the imitators that followed.) So sit back and enjoy these facts you probably didn't know about The Matrix Trilogy. There's more to these films than meets the eye.
Keanu Really Climbed Out That Window
For the cell phone conversation scene between Neo and Morpheus in the MetaCortex office Keanu Reeves actually climbed up the window, which was 34 floors up, without a stuntman.
The Rain Wasn't Just Water
In The Matrix Revolutions many of the "raindrops" in the final fight between Neo and Smith are actually single lines of Matrix code, similar to those on displays seen in the "real world" throughout the trilogy.
This subtle effect was added to imply the Matrix was beginning to destabilize. The visual trick was easily seen on IMAX and at larger movie theaters, but can be seen on smaller televisions as banded rain that seems to "jump" like static during close ups of the fight scenes.
The Sets Were Almost Completely Recycled
Around 97% of the materials from The Matrix Reloaded and Revolution sets were recycled after filming was completed. For example, tons of wood was sent to Mexico to build low-income housing.
Morpheus: The God of Dreams
In Greek mythology Morpheus is the god of dreams. This is somewhat ironic considering Morpheus's role in the films is to awaken people from their dream states to reality.