15 Things You Probably Didn't Know About 'The Matrix Revolutions'

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The Matrix was one of those rare examples of a film that comes along and changes the world. Its deep philosophical look into the nature of humanity and its use of technology spawned whole new genres of fiction, and the movie netted significant profits. As a result, it wasn't long before the Wachowskis got the band back together to make a sequel. Not only did they make a sequel, but they made two. The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions were released almost back-to-back, and they concluded the trilogy in a big way.

Like its predecessors, The Matrix Revolutions broke new ground, and the digital special effects used in the movie required all sorts of innovations. The story continued the previous films' narrative, and it set up the franchise's greater world in a big way through intense foreshadowing. This list features some of the more interesting things you (probably) didn't know about The Matrix Revolutions. Check them out below, and if you see something you didn't already know, be sure to give it an upvote to see which one rises to the top!

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    There's More To The Smith Doubles Than You Think

    When Neo confronts Smith at the end of the movie, he's greeted by thousands, if not millions, of copies of the rogue program. They are all duplicates of Smith, and they look exactly like him. While you'd be correct in thinking that many of the duplicate Smiths were inserted via CGI, not all of them were.

    The production used 50 extras wearing suits and masks to make them look like Hugo Weaving. They stood among around 100 dummies dressed up to look like Smith, so while it appears as if you're seeing thousands of CGI copies of the character, in reality, you're seeing that and more than 100 dummies and extras.

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    There's More Info About The Machine City Outside The Movie

    In the final act of The Matrix Revolutions, Neo and Trinity travel to the Machine City. This is done so Neo can work out a deal to end the conflict with the machines. They agree to let him back into the Matrix to confront Smith and stop his destruction of their digital world. Ultimately, Neo succeeds in destroying Smith, and the machines follow through with their side of the bargain, bringing an end to the war between humans and machines.

    The Machine City was undoubtedly an interesting place fans had waited to see, but there was another way to catch a glimpse and learn more about it before seeing the third film. In The Animatrix, the backstory of how the machines rose to power and their conflict with humanity is detailed. More than that, it's revealed that the Machine City is located in Saudi Arabia, having been settled in the otherwise inhospitable desert region. It's also revealed that Machine City has a name, and it's 01.

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    The Film Doesn't Rely Entirely On CGI

    The very nature of what the Matrix is makes it an ideal environment for using CGI, and the Matrix trilogy certainly uses the technology throughout the films. While there are tons of CGI special effects shots throughout, there are some practical effects, and even some miniatures used to create the world of the Matrix trilogy.

    In Zion, the giant door was real - it wasn't rendered via CGI. Granted, the actual model wasn't anywhere near as large as it is in the film, but it's still rather massive for a "miniature." The model door was built to 1/10th scale, so the "miniature" nature of the model is somewhat misleading as it stood some 30 feet high and was 40 feet long. The door and many other miniatures used in the movie are detailed in the short The Matrix Revolutions: Super Big Mini Models.

    The door wasn't the only model used in the film, and some that seemed like CGI were, in fact, practical. Numerous miniature puppets of the Sentinels were created for the "Invasion of Zion" scene. They were dropped down onto a miniature set, so the "fallen" Sentinels falling from the sky are actually small models, which was probably cheaper than rendering them all in CGI.

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    A Subtle Dedication To A Savior

    The Matrix trilogy is very much a story about one man: Neo. Only, Neo isn't actually his name. It's more of a hacker alias he used while trapped inside the Matrix, and he continued to use it when he was freed. Like his image in the construct, it's a representation of who he is, but in reality, Neo's name is Thomas Anderson. Agent Smith is the only "person" who calls him "Mr. Anderson" throughout the trilogy, but his name gets a nod at the end from an unlikely source.

    At the closing scene of The Matrix Revolutions, the Architect and Oracle meet at a park bench. It's an interesting scene in that it's shot differently from previous representations of the Matrix. The sky is blue, the grass is green, and it looks far more natural than it did at any time previously. The bench isn't just a place for the two programs to meet, either, as it's also a nod to Neo from the machines. The dedication plaque on the bench reads, "In Memory of Thomas Anderson."

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    The IMAX Connection

    These days, it's perfectly normal for a movie to be released on both IMAX and standard screens. Filmmakers have been taking advantage of what IMAX has to offer for years, but it wasn't always like that. Initially, IMAX films were limited to documentaries and science-related videos people watched while visiting museums and the like. Over time, IMAX began to show standard movies at special events and screenings, but it took some time before it was normalized.

    The Matrix Revolutions is the movie that made that transition a reality, as it was the very first film to be released simultaneously on IMAX and in regular theaters. Before Revolutions, it could take a long time before a movie was released on IMAX, and it certainly wasn't guaranteed to happen. In many ways, the simultaneous release was an experiment. It must have worked because most big-budget blockbuster films are released in the same manner nowadays, and it's all thanks to The Matrix Revolutions.

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    The Rain Isn't Rain In The Final Fight Scene

    If you're reading this article, then you already know that the rain in the Matrix isn't rain. Everything inside the Matrix is a digital construct, but there is something different about the raindrops seen in the final fight scene between Neo and Smith. As the raindrops fall, they represent single lines of Matrix code, which is why they fall straight from the sky instead of a more natural angle.

    This was done deliberately by the Wachowskis as a means of showing the Matrix's destabilization. If you pause the scene just right, you can make out some of the code in the raindrops, though it's admittedly very difficult to see. It's another example of the subtle detail the Wachowskis put into every scene in the movie, and it's one most viewers will never see unless they caught the movie on IMAX.

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