The other day I was bored (no Supernatural on and saving up money to get some of the latest goodies coming out) so I turned to my modest movie collection and looked for some entertainment. Ah, I thought, the Matrix, always a good choice. But as I popped it in and watched it I realized something: This movie is filled with plot holes. True they are not as obvious as the ship scene in Jurassic Park 2 but they are there nonetheless. So, since I need some material here, I thought I’d share the worse of them.
The key turning point in the movie to its action packed climax is the moment when one of the crewmates – Cipher – betrays them all. The problem? Nothing here makes sense. Earlier we see him having a meal with Agent Smith, planning the judas moment. However a scene later, Morpheus asks for the ship to be brought to “broadcast depth”. If they weren’t at broadcast depth before, how did Cipher get into the Matrix? When the betrayal happens, a tense scene occurs as the redshirts are disconnected (from life!) because they can’t leave the Matrix. But if you can’t leave the Matrix without outside help (the ‘operator’) how did Cipher leave after his meeting with Agent Smith? Much less how did he plug himself in as the chair set ups we see would make driving a large needle into the back of your skull highly difficult.
Then there’s the lightning gun he uses to shoot Tank & Dozer. Why is this thing on the ship? Earlier Trinity said that EMP was the only weapon they had against the machines – which is great because it makes friendly fire impossible (unless a nearby human has a pacemaker). So what’s up with the lightning gun? If Trinity isn’t lying, then its only use is to shoot other humans, but why would you need or even want that in war where humans are near extinction? (and are harder to produce than mass manufactured machines) I wonder if I can use the zoom feature to see the “use in case of betrayal” tag on it.
Leading up to Cipher’s betrayal, Morpheus is captured by Agent Smith. But why? We later see Trinity and Neo work together to defeat an agent, so why do the humans never seem to gang up on them? There’s 6 of them in that scene vs 1 agent. At the very least they should be able to lay down a field of fire that’s impossible to dodge. Or why not use grenades? Or a flame thrower! Let’s see them dodge explosions and fires.
Then there’s the whole fighting deal. Agents can dodge bullets. Humans can hit agents. But humans can’t dodge bullets. When I pointed this out to my buddy Asahel, he noted that the agents’ fighting style was to let the humans wail on them ineffectually while they struck back at moment of vulnerability. All well and good, but why don’t the humans then use concealed weaponry? If your punches land on the agent, a switchblade or small gun would end the fights quickly. Or maybe just some brass knuckles?
The main action piece of the movie involves the following sequence of events: Trinity & Neo enter the building where Morpheus is being held. They fight through the lobby and then go to the roof to get a helicopter to fly down midway of the building and get Morpheus.
Why didn’t they just bring a helicopter with them (instead of the shit-load of guns) when they entered the Matrix to start with? If – for some reason – that couldn’t be done, why not just go rent/hijack a helicopter from a less heavily guarded private airport? Or why not just jump from the rooftop of a neighboring building onto the roof with the helicopter? Why not just scale up the side of the building, throw a flash bang grenade into the room and then grab Morpheus in the confusion? (you know, like Batman did in the Dark Knight) Did they just want to kill some innocent people?
Well what else do I have on my shelves…
(also, why are there only 3 agents at a time? their AI programs so the machines should be able to produce as many of them as possible effortlessly, like 1 for each target human…)