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33 Things You Didn't Know About 'The Matrix' Trilogy

List RulesVote up the most surprising and interesting trivia facts and Easter eggs from the films in The Matrix Trilogy.

The Matrix is already more than 15 years old, and its sequels were released more than 10 years ago - but their impact is still felt to this day. The Wachowski siblings built a massive film franchise that broke records, changed film, and woke everybody up. The Matrix movies are full of depth, nuance, and detail, unlike few other series. There's plenty of Matrix trivia you might not know, interesting Matrix facts to learn, and a host of Easter eggs, but it's all collected here for your enjoyment and education!

The first Matrix film redefined cinema, or at the very least its genre. By the mid-2000s (within five years of its release) the bullet time scene had been spoofed in countless films and television parodies. The Matrix Reloaded, when it was released, held the title of highest grossing R-rated movie of all time. 

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. 

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    Smith's License Plate Number Was No Coincidence

    When Smith pulls up in an Audi at the beginning of The Matrix Reloaded, his license plate number is IS 5416. In the King James Bible, Isaiah 54:16 says, "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."

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    There Are Many Twins In The Woman In Red Scene

    Numerous sets of identical twins were cast as extras for the "Woman in Red" scene, in which Morpheus takes Neo through a computer simulation of the Matrix. This was done to create the illusion of a repeating program.

    The tall man with slicked-back hair and sunglasses in the opening shot is seen seconds later as a police officer writing a parking ticket.

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    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 and tons of wood was actually sent ahead to Mexico to build low-income housing.

    This made for a more sustainable production across the movie series. 

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    The Loop Highway Was Built And Destroyed Exclusively For This Film

    The roughly 1.5-mile, three lane loop highway was built specifically for the chase scene in The Matrix Reloaded - considering it took nearly three months to film this scene, it was well worth the effort. It was built on the decommissioned Alameda Point Navy Base and destroyed when filming was complete.

    That's not all that was destroyed, though, as almost all of the 100+ cars GM donated to the production were trashed too.

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