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Release Information
Director: Larry Wachowski & Andy Wachowski
US Release Date: March 31st, 1999
Running Time: 136 min.

Ten Keys to Unlock The Matrix
The first part of The Matrix trilogy was well written and highly entertaining. The second and third part raised a lot of questions but gave very few answers and to some extent let down the first film. As a trilogy the films can hardly claim to be internally consistent, but they still contain a lot of interesting thoughts and ideas;

1) Trinity's room number is 303 ("trinity" ~ 3). Neo, The One, has apartment number 101.

Within the Christian traditions, Trinity means the Three in One, or the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. At the pivotal scene at the end of the first part of The Matrix Trinity raises Neo from the dead with a kiss - the kiss of life.

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3) All the names in The Matrix have an outside reference. An example is the hovercraft, the Nebuchadnezzar, that Morpheus and his crew travel by. The Old Testament figure, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia destroyed Jerusalem and brought the Israelites back to Babylonia in captivity.

4) The Name "Neo" is an anagram. Rearrange the letters and you get "One".

5) In a Christian interpretation Morpheus obvious represents the Father, Neo the Son and Trinity the Holy Ghost.

6) "Know thyself", the phrase used in the kitchen by the "Oracle", was also the inscription above the entrance of the Delphic Oracle.

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6) In Greek mythology, Morpheus was  the God of dreams. His job was to fashion the dreams that the Gods sent to the humans. Morpheus is sometimes also represented as a watchman or guardian of dreams.

7) The two main characters, Neo and Trinity, are both very androgynous. Trinity is very masculinity and Neo quite feminine. Their relationship might be seen as the typical Hollywood love story, but it can also be explained by the Christian interpretation of Trinity.

8) In The Old Testament Zion is several times mentioned. It represents the new earth or the city of Jerusalem to be inherited by the Israelites.

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9) Neo takes the red pill "to stay in wonderland". This has a clear parallel to the salvation from drinking the (red) blood of Christ.

10) There is no final interpretation of The Matrix! It contains and almost endless list of religious and non-religious themes:

 - Neo as a man reaching enlightenment (Buddhism)
 - Greek mythology (Morpheus and the Oracle)
 - Reincarnation (Hinduism)
 - Destiny vs free Will
 - Existentialism
 - Man vs machines
 - and so on...