Matrix rules... read on

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    FADE IN:

    INT. COMPUTER SCREEN

    On a computer screen; so close it has
    no boundaries.

    A blinking cursor pulses in the
    electric darkness like a heart
    coursing with phosphorous light,
    burning beneath the derma of black-
    neon glass.

    A phone begins to ring, we hear it as
    though we were making the call. The
    cursor continues to throb,
    relentlessly patient, until --

    MAN (V.O.)
    Yeah?

    Data now slashes across the screen,
    information flashing faster than we
    can read:

    SCREEN
    Call trans opt: received.
    2-19-98 13:24:18 REC:Log>.

    WOMAN(V.O.)
    Is everything in place?

    SCREEN
    Trace program: running.

    We listen to the phone conversation as
    though we were on a third line. The
    man's name is Cypher. The woman,
    Trinity.

    TRINITY (WOMAN)
    (V.O.)
    I said, is everything in
    place?

    The entire screen fills with racing
    columns of numbers. Shimmering like
    green-electric rivers, they rush at a
    10-digit phone number in the top
    corner.

    CYPHER (MAN) (V.O.)
    You weren't supposed to
    relieve me.

    TRINITY (V.O.)
    I know but I felt like
    taking a shift.

    The area code is identified. The
    first three numbers suddenly fixed,
    leaving only seven flowing columns.

    CYPHER (V.O.)
    You like him, don't you?
    You like watching him?

    We begin moving toward the screen,
    closing in as each digit is matched,
    one by one, snapping into place like
    the wheels of a slot machine.

    TRINITY (V.O.)
    Don't be ridiculous.

    CYPHER (V.O.)
    We're going to kill him.
    Do you understand that?
    He's going to die just
    like the others.

    TRINITY (V.O.)
    Morpheus believes he is
    the One.

    Only two thin digits left.

    CYPHER (V.O.)
    Do you?

    TRINITY (V.O.)
    I... it doesn't matter
    what I believe.

    CYPHER (V.O.)
    You don't, do you?

    TRINITY (V.O.)
    If you have something to
    say, I suggest you say it
    to Morpheus.

    CYPHER (V.O.)
    I intend to, believe me.
    Someone has to.

    The final number pops into place--

    TRINITY (V.O.)
    Did you hear that?

    CYPHER (V.O.)
    Hear what?

    SCREEN
    Trace complete. Call
    origin: #312-555-0690.

    TRINITY (V.O.)
    Are you sure this line is
    clean?

    CYPHER (V.O.)
    Yeah, 'course I'm sure.

    We move, still closer, the electric
    hum of the green numbers growing into
    an ominous roar.

    TRINITY (V.O.)
    I better go.

    She hangs up as we pass through the
    numbers, entering the netherworld of
    the computer screen. Suddenly, a
    flashlight cuts open the darkness and
    we find ourselves in--

    INT. HEART O' THE CITY HOTEL - NIGHT

    The hotel was abandoned after a fire
    licked its way across the polyester
    carpeting, destroying several rooms as
    it spooled soot up the walls and
    ceiling, leaving patterns of permanent
    shadow.

    We follow four armed POLICE OFFICERS
    using flashlights as they creep down
    the blackened hall and ready
    themselves on either side of Room 303.

    The biggest of them violently kicks in
    the door. The other cops pour in
    behind him, guns thrust before them.

    BIG COP
    Police! Freeze!

    The room is almost devoid of
    furniture.
    There is a fold-up table and chair
    with a phone, a modem, and a Powerbook
    computer. The only light in the room
    is the glow of the computer.

    Sitting there, her hands still on the
    keyboard, is TRINITY; a woman in black
    leather.

    BIG COP
    Hands behind your head!
    Now! Do it!

    She slowly puts her hands behind her
    head.

    EXT. HEART O' THE CITY HOTEL - NIGHT

    A black sedan with tinted windows
    glides in through the police cruisers.
    AGENT SMITH, AGENT BROWN, and AGENT
    JONES get out of the car.

    They wear dark suits and sunglasses
    even at night. They are also always
    hardwired; small Secret Service
    earphones in one ear, the cord coiling
    back into their shirt collars.

    AGENT SMITH
    Lieutenant?

    LIEUTENANT
    Oh @#%$.

    AGENT SMITH
    Lieutenant, you were given
    specific orders--

    LIEUTENANT
    I'm just doing my job.
    You gimme that Juris-my-
    dick-tion and you can cram
    it up your ass.

    AGENT SMITH
    The orders were for your
    protection.

    The Lieutenant laughs.

    LIEUTENANT
    I think we can handle one
    little girl.

    Agent Smith nods to Agent Brown as
    they start toward the hotel.

    LIEUTENANT
    I sent two units. They're
    bringing her down now.

    AGENT SMITH
    No, Lieutenant, your men
    are already dead.

    INT. HEART O' THE CITY HOTEL

    The Big Cop flicks out his cuffs, the
    other cops holding a bead. They've
    done this a hundred times, they know
    they've got her, until the Big Cop
    reaches with the cuffs and Trinity
    moves --

    It almost doesn't register, so smooth
    and fast, inhumanly fast.

    The eye blinks and Trinity's palm
    snaps up and the nose explodes, blood
    erupting. Her leg kicks with the force
    of a wrecking ball and he flies back,
    a two-hundred-fifty pound sack of limp
    meat and bone that slams into the cop
    farthest from her.

    Trinity moves again, bullets raking
    the walls, flashlights sweeping with
    panic as the remaining cops try to
    stop a leather-clad ghost.

    A gun still in the cop's hand is
    snatched, twisted and fired. There is
    a final violent exchange of gunfire
    and when it's over, Trinity is the
    only one standing.

    A flashlight rocks slowly to a stop.

    TRINITY
    @#%$.

    EXT. HEART O' THE CITY HOTEL

    Agent Brown enters the hotel while
    Agent Smith heads for the alley.

    INT. HEART O' THE CITY HOTEL

    Trinity is on the phone, pacing. The
    other end is answered.

    MAN (V.O.)
    Operator.

    TRINITY
    Morpheus! The line was
    traced! I don't know how.

    MORPHEUS (MAN)
    (V.O.)
    I know. They cut the
    hardline. This line is not
    a viable exit.

    TRINITY
    Are there any Agents?

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    Yes.

    TRINITY
    @#%$it!

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    You have to focus. There
    is a phone. Wells and
    Lake. You can make it.

    She takes a deep breath, centering
    herself.

    TRINITY
    All right--

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    Go.

    She drops the phone.

    INT. HALL

    She bursts out of the room as Agent
    Brown enters the hall, leading another
    unit of police. Trinity races to the
    opposite end, exiting through a broken
    window onto the fire escape.

    EXT. FIRE ESCAPE

    In the alley below, Trinity sees Agent
    Smith staring at her. She can only go
    up.

    EXT. ROOF

    On the roof, Trinity is running as
    Agent Brown rises over the parapet,
    leading the cops in pursuit.

    Trinity begins to jump from one roof
    to the next, her movements so clean,
    gliding in and out of each jump,
    contrasted to the wild jumps of the
    cops.

    Agent Brown, however, has the same
    unnatural grace.

    The roof falls away into a wide back
    alley. The next building is over 40
    feet away but Trinity's face is
    perfectly calm, staring at some point
    beyond the other roof.

    COP
    That's it, we got her now.

    The cops slow, realizing they are
    about to see something ugly as Trinity
    drives at the edge, launching herself
    into the air.

    From above, the ground seems to flow
    beneath her as she hangs in flight,
    then hits, somersaulting up, still
    running hard.

    COP
    Jesus Christ-- that's
    impossible!

    They stare, slack-jawed, as Agent
    Brown duplicates the move exactly,
    landing, rolling over a shoulder up
    onto one knee.

    It is a dizzying chase up and over the
    dark plateaued landscape of rooftops
    and sheer cliffs of brick.
    Ahead she sees her only chance, 50
    feet beyond the point where her path
    drops away into a paved chasm, there
    is--

    EXT. WINDOW

    A window; a yellow glow in the midst
    of a dark brick building.

    Trinity zeros in on it, running as
    hard as she can and--

    Hurtles herself into the empty night
    space, her body leveling into a dive.
    She falls, arms covering her head as
    the whole world seems to spin on its
    axis--

    INT. BACK STAIRWELL

    And she crashes with an explosion of
    glass and wood, then falls onto a back
    stairwell, tumbling, bouncing down
    stairs bleeding, broken--

    But still alive.

    She wheels on the smashed opening
    above, her gun instantly in her hand,
    trained, waiting for Agent Brown but
    is met by only a slight wind that
    hisses against the fanged maw of
    broken glass.

    Trinity tries to move. Everything
    hurts.

    TRINITY
    Get up, Trinity. You're
    fine. Get up-- just get
    up!

    She stands and limps down the rest of
    the stairs.

    EXT. STREET

    Trinity emerges from the shadows of an
    alley and, at the end of the block, in
    a pool of white street light, she sees
    it--

    The telephone booth.

    Obviously hurt, she starts down the
    concrete walk, focusing in completely,
    her pace quickening, as the phone
    begins to ring.

    Across the street, a garbage truck
    suddenly turns U- turns, its tires
    screaming as it accelerates. Trinity
    sees the headlights of the truck
    arcing at the telephone booth as if
    taking aim.

    Gritting through the pain, she races
    the truck, slamming into the booth,
    the headlights blindingly bright,
    bearing down on the box of Plexiglas
    just as--

    She answers the phone.

    There is a frozen instant of silence
    before the hulking mass of dark metal
    lurches up onto the sidewalk--

    Barrelling through the booth,
    bulldozing it into a brick wall,
    smashing it to Plexiglas pulp.

    After a moment, a black loafer steps
    down from the cab of the garbage
    truck. Agent Smith inspects the
    wreckage. There is no body. Trinity is
    gone.

    His jaw sets as he grinds his molars
    in frustration. Agents Jones and Brown
    walk up behind him.

    AGENT BROWN
    She got out.

    AGENT SMITH
    It doesn't matter.

    AGENT BROWN
    The informant is real.

    Agent Smith almost smiles.

    AGENT SMITH
    Yes.

    AGENT JONES
    We have the name of their
    next target.

    AGENT BROWN
    The name is Neo.

    The handset of the pay phone lays on
    the ground, separated in the crash
    like a severed limb.

    AGENT SMITH
    We'll need a search
    running.

    AGENT JONES
    It's already begun.

    We are sucked towards the mouthpiece
    of the phone, closer and closer, until
    the smooth gray plastic spreads out
    like a horizon and the small holes
    widen until we fall through one--

    Swallowed by darkness.

    The darkness crackles with
    phosphorescent energy, the word
    'searching' blazing in around us as we
    emerge from a computer screen.

    The screen flickers with windowing
    data as a search engine runs with a
    steady relentless rhythm.

    We drift back from the screen and into--

    INT. NEO'S APARTMENT

    It is a studio apartment that seems
    overgrown with technology.

    Weed-like cables coil everywhere, duct-
    taped into thickets that wind up and
    around the legs of several desks.
    Tabletops are filled with cannibalized
    equipment that lay open like an
    autopsied corpse.

    At the center of this technological
    rat-nest is NEO, a man who knows more
    about living inside a computer than
    outside one.

    He is asleep in front of his PC.
    Behind him, the computer screen
    suddenly goes blank. A prompt appears.

    SCREEN
    Wake up, Neo.

    Neo's eye pries open. He sits up, one
    eye still closed, looking around,
    unsure of where he is. He notices the
    screen.

    He types 'CTRL X' but the letter 'T'
    appears.

    NEO
    What... ?

    He hits another and an 'H' appears. He
    keeps typing, pushing random functions
    and keys while the computer types out
    a message as though it had a mind of
    its own.

    He stops and stares at the four words
    on the screen.

    SCREEN
    The Matrix has you.

    NEO
    What the hell?

    He hits the 'ESC' button. Another
    message appears.

    SCREEN
    Follow the white rabbit.

    He hits it again and the message
    repeats. He rubs his eyes but when he
    opens them, there is another message.

    SCREEN
    Knock, knock, Neo.

    Someone knocks on his door and he
    almost jumps out of his chair.
    He looks back at the computer but the
    screen is now blank.

    Someone knocks again. Neo rises, still
    unnerved.

    NEO
    Who is it?

    CHOI (O.S.)
    It's Choi.

    Neo flips a series of locks and opens
    the door, leaving the chain on. A
    young Chinese MAN stands with several
    of his friends.

    NEO
    You're two hours late.

    CHOI
    I know. It's her fault.

    NEO
    You got the money?

    CHOI
    Two grand.

    He takes out an envelope and gives it
    to Neo through the cracked door.

    NEO
    Hold on.

    He closes the door. On the floor near
    his bed is a book, Baudrillard's
    Simulacra and Simulations. The book
    has been hollowed out and inside are
    several computer disks. He takes one,
    sticks the money in the book and drops
    it on the floor.

    Opening the door, he hands the disk to
    Choi.

    CHOI
    Hallelujah! You are my
    savior, man! My own
    personal Jesus Christ!

    NEO
    If you get caught using
    that--

    CHOI
    I know, I know. This never
    happened. You don't exist.

    NEO
    Right...

    Neo nods as the strange feeling of
    unrealness suddenly returns.

    CHOI
    Something wrong, man? You
    look a little whiter than
    usual.

    NEO
    I don't know... My
    computer...

    He looks back at Choi, unable to
    explain what just happened.

    NEO
    You ever have the feeling
    that you're not sure if
    you're awake or still
    dreaming?

    CHOI
    All the time. It's called
    mescaline and it is the
    only way to fly.

    He smiles and slaps the hand of his
    nearest droog.

    CHOI
    It sounds to me like you
    need to unplug, man. A
    little R and R. What do
    you think, Dujour, should
    we take him with us?

    DUJOUR
    Definitely.

    NEO
    I can't. I have to work
    tomorrow.

    DUJOUR
    Come on. It'll be fun. I
    promise.

    He looks up at her and suddenly
    notices on her black leather
    motorcycle jacket dozens of pins:
    bands, symbols, slogans, military
    medals and--

    A small white rabbit. The room tilts.

    NEO
    Yeah, yeah. Sure, I'll go.
    INT. APARTMENT

    An older apartment; a series of halls
    connects a chain of small high-
    ceilinged rooms lined with heavy
    casements. Smoke hangs like a veil,
    blurring the few lights there are.

    Dressed predominantly in black, people
    are everywhere, gathered in cliques
    around pieces of furniture like jungle
    cats around a tree.

    Neo stands against a wall, alone,
    sipping from a bottle of beer, feeling
    completely out of place, he is about
    to leave when he notices a woman
    staring at him.

    The woman is Trinity. She walks
    straight up to him.

    In the nearest room, shadow-like
    figures grind against each other to
    the pneumatic beat of industrial
    music.

    TRINITY
    Hello, Neo.

    NEO
    How do you know that name?

    TRINITY
    I know a lot about you.
    I've been wanting to meet
    you for some time.

    NEO
    Who are you?

    TRINITY
    My name is Trinity.

    NEO
    Trinity? The Trinity? The
    Trinity that cracked the
    I.R.S. D-Base?

    TRINITY
    That was a long time ago.

    NEO
    Gee-zus.

    TRINITY
    What?

    NEO
    I just thought... you were
    a guy.

    TRINITY
    Most guys do.

    Neo is a little embarrassed.

    NEO
    Do you want to go
    somewhere and talk?

    TRINITY
    No. It's safe here and I
    don't have much time.

    The music is so loud they must stand
    very close, talking directly into each
    other's ear.

    NEO
    That was you on my
    computer?

    She nods.

    NEO
    How did you do that?

    TRINITY
    Right now, all I can tell
    you, is that you are in
    danger. I brought you here
    to warn you.

    NEO
    Of what?

    TRINITY
    They're watching you, Neo.

    NEO
    Who is?

    TRINITY
    Please. Just listen. I
    know why you're here, Neo.
    I know what you've been
    doing.I know why you
    hardly sleep, why you live
    alone and why, night after
    night, you sit at your
    computer; you're looking
    for him.

    Her body is against his; her lips very
    close to his ear.

    TRINITY
    I know because I was once
    looking for the same
    thing, but when he found
    me he told me I wasn't
    really looking for him. I
    was looking for an answer.

    There is a hypnotic quality to her
    voice and Neo feels the words, like a
    drug, seeping into him.

    TRINITY
    It's the question that
    drives us, the question
    that brought you here.
    You know the question just
    as I did.

    NEO
    What is the Matrix?

    TRINITY
    When I asked him, he said
    that no one could ever be
    told the answer to that
    question. They have to see
    it to believe it.

    She leans close, her lips almost
    touching his ear.

    TRINITY
    The answer is out there,
    Neo. It's looking for you
    and it will find you, if
    you want it to.

    She turns and he watches her melt into
    the shifting wall of bodies.

    A sound rises steadily, growing out of
    the music, pressing in on Neo until it
    is all he can hear as we cut to--

    INT. NEO'S APARTMENT

    The sound is an alarm clock, slowly
    dragging Neo to consciousness. He
    strains to read the clock-face:
    9:15AM.

    NEO
    @#%$@#%$@#%$.

    EXT. SKYSCRAPER

    The downtown office of Meta CorTechs,
    a software development company.

    INT. META CORTECHS OFFICE

    The main offices are along each wall,
    the windows overlooking downtown.
    RHINEHEART, the ultimate company man,
    lectures Neo without looking at him,
    typing at his computer continuously.

    Neo stares at two window cleaners on a
    scaffolding outside, dragging their
    rubber squeegees down the surface of
    the glass.

    RHINEHEART
    You have a problem with
    authority, Mr. Anderson.
    You believe that you are
    special, that somehow the
    rules do not apply to you.
    Obviously, you are
    mistaken.

    His long, bony fingers resume clicking
    the keyboard.

    RHINEHEART
    This company is one of the
    top software companies in
    the world because every
    single employee
    understands that they are
    part of a whole. Thus, if
    an employee has a problem,
    the company has a problem.

    He turns again.

    RHINEHEART
    The time has come to make
    a choice, Mr. Anderson.
    Either you choose to be at
    your desk on time from
    this day forth, or you
    choose to find yourself
    another job. Do I make
    myself clear?

    NEO
    Yes, Mr. Rhineheart.
    Perfectly clear.

    INT. NEO'S CUBICLE

    The entire floor looks like a human
    honeycomb, with a labyrinth of
    cubicles structured around a core of
    elevators.

    VOICE (O.S.)
    Thomas Anderson?

    Neo turns and finds a FEDERAL EXPRESS
    GUY at his cubicle door.

    NEO
    Yeah. That's me.

    Neo signs the electronic pad and the
    Fedex Guy hands him the softpak.

    FEDEX GUY
    Have a nice day.

    He opens the bag. Inside is a cellular
    phone.
    It seems the instant it is in his
    hand, it rings. Unnerved, he flips it
    open.

    NEO
    Hello?

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    Hello, Neo. Do you know
    who this is?

    Neo's knees give and he sinks into his
    chair.

    NEO
    Morpheus...

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    I've been looking for you,
    Neo. I don't know if
    you're ready to see what I
    want to show you, but
    unfortunately, we have run
    out of time. They're
    coming for you, Neo. And
    I'm not sure what they're
    going to do.

    NEO
    Who's coming for me?

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    Stand up and see for
    yourself.

    NEO
    Right now?

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    Yes. Now.

    Neo starts to stand.

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    Do it slowly. The
    elevator.

    His head peeks up over the partition.
    At the elevator, he sees Agent Smith,
    Agent Brown, and Agent Jones leading a
    group of cops. A female employee
    turns and points out Neo's cubicle.

    Neo ducks.

    NEO
    Holy @#%$!

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    Yes.

    One cop stays at the elevator, the
    others follow the Agents.

    NEO
    What the hell do they want
    with me?!

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    I'm not sure, but if you
    don't want to find out,
    you better get out of
    there.

    NEO
    How?!

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    I can guide you out, but
    you have to do exactly
    what I say.

    The Agents are moving quickly towards
    the cubicle.

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    The cubicle across from
    you is empty.

    NEO
    But what if...?

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    Go! Now!

    Neo lunges across the hall, diving
    into the other cubicle just as the
    Agents turn into his row.

    Neo crams himself into a dark corner,
    clutching the phone tightly to him.

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    Stay here for a moment.

    The Agents enter Neo's empty cubicle.
    A cop is sent to search the bathroom.

    Morpheus' voice is a whisper in Neo's
    ear.

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    A little longer...

    Brown is talking to another employee.

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    When I tell you, go to the
    end of the row to the
    first office on the left,
    stay as low as you can.

    Sweat trickles down his forehead.

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    Now.

    Neo rolls out of the cubicle, his eyes
    popping as he freezes right behind a
    cop who has just turned around.

    Staying crouched, he sneaks away down
    the row, shooting across the opening
    to the first office on the left.

    INT. EMPTY OFFICE

    The room is empty.

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    Good. Outside there is a
    scaffold.

    NEO
    How do you know all this?

    Morpheus laughs quietly.

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    The answer is coming, Neo.
    There is a window in front
    of you. Open it.

    He opens the window. The wind howls
    into the room.

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    You can use the scaffold
    to get to the roof.

    NEO
    No! It's too far away.

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    There's a ledge. It's a
    short climb. You can make
    it.

    Neo looks down; the building's glass
    wall vertigos into a concrete chasm.

    NEO
    No way, no way, this is
    crazy.

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    There are only two ways
    out of this building. One
    is that scaffold. The
    other is in their custody.
    You take a chance either
    way. I leave it to you.

    Click. He hangs up. Neo looks at the
    door, then back at the scaffold.

    NEO
    This is insane! Why is
    this happening to me? What
    did I do? I'm nobody. I
    didn't do anything.

    He climbs up onto the window ledge.
    Hanging onto the frame, he steps onto
    the small ledge. The scaffold seems
    even farther away.

    NEO
    I'm going to die.

    The wind suddenly blasts up the face
    of the building, knocking Neo off
    balance. Recoiling, he clings harder
    to the frame, and the phone falls out
    of his hand.

    He watches as it is swallowed by the
    distance beneath him.

    NEO
    This is insane! I can't do
    this! Forget it!

    He climbs back into the office just as
    a cop opens the door.

    NEO
    @#%$!

    EXT. SKYSCRAPER

    The Agents lead a handcuffed Neo out
    of the revolving doors, forcing his
    head down as they push him into the
    dark sedan.

    Trinity watches in the rear view
    mirror of her motorcycle.

    TRINITY
    @#%$.

    INT. INTERROGATION ROOM

    Close on a camera monitor; wide angle
    view of a white room where Neo is
    sitting at a table alone. We move into
    the monitor, entering the room as if
    the monitor was a window.

    At the same moment, the door opens and
    the Agents enter. Agent Smith sits
    down across from Neo. A thick manila
    envelope slaps down on the table. The
    name on the file: 'Anderson, Thomas
    A.'

    AGENT SMITH
    As you can see, we've had
    our eye on you for some
    time now, Mr. Anderson.

    He opens the file. Paper rattle marks
    the silence as he flips several pages.
    Neo cannot tell if he is looking at
    the file or at him.

    AGENT SMITH
    It seems that you have
    been living two lives. In
    one life, you are Thomas
    A. Anderson, program
    writer for a respectable
    software company.
    You have a social security
    number, you pay your taxes
    and you help your landlady
    carry out her garbage.

    The pages continue to turn.

    AGENT SMITH
    The other life is lived in
    computers where you go by
    the hacker alias Neo, and
    are guilty of virtually
    every computer crime we
    have a law for.

    Neo feels himself sinking into a pit
    of @#%$.

    AGENT SMITH
    One of these lives has a
    future. One of them does
    not.

    He closes the file.

    AGENT SMITH
    I'm going to be as
    forthcoming as I can be,
    Mr. Anderson. You are here
    because we need your help.

    He removes his sunglasses, his eyes
    are an unnatural ice- blue.

    AGENT SMITH
    We know that you have been
    contacted by a certain
    individual. A man who
    calls himself Morpheus.
    Whatever you think you
    know about this man is
    irrelevant. The fact is
    that he is wanted for acts
    of terrorism in more
    countries than any other
    man in the world. He is
    considered by many
    authorities to be the most
    dangerous man alive.

    He leans closer.

    AGENT SMITH
    My colleagues believe that
    I am wasting my time with
    you but I believe you want
    to do the right thing. It
    is obvious that you are an
    intelligent man, Mr.
    Anderson, and that you are
    interested in the future.
    That is why I believe you
    are ready to put your past
    mistakes behind you and
    get on with your life.

    Neo tries to match his stare.

    AGENT SMITH
    We are willing to wipe the
    slate clean, to give you a
    fresh start and all we are
    asking in return is your
    cooperation in bringing a
    known terrorist to
    justice.

    Neo nods to himself.

    NEO
    Yeah. Wow. That sounds
    like a real good deal. But
    I think I have a better
    one. How about I give you
    the finger--

    He does.

    NEO
    And you give me my phone
    call!

    Agent Smith puts his glasses back on.

    AGENT SMITH
    You disappoint me, Mr.
    Anderson.

    NEO
    You can't scare me with
    this Gestapo crap. I know
    my rights. I want my
    phone call!

    Agent Smith smiles.

    AGENT SMITH
    And tell me, Mr. Anderson,
    what good is a phone call
    if you are unable to
    speak?

    The question unnerves Neo and
    strangely he begins to feel the
    muscles in his jaw tighten. The
    standing Agents snicker, watching
    Neo's confusion grow into panic.

    Neo feels his lips grow soft and
    sticky as they slowly seal shut,
    melding into each other until all
    traces of his mouth are gone.

    Wild with fear, he lunges for the door
    but the Agents restrain him, holding
    him in the chair.

    AGENT SMITH
    You are going to help us,
    Mr. Anderson, whether you
    want to or not.

    Smith nods and the other two rip open
    his shirt. From a case taken out of
    his suit coat, Smith removes a long,
    fiber-optic wire tap.

    Neo struggles helplessly as Smith
    dangles the wire over his exposed
    abdomen. Horrified, he watches as the
    electronic device animates, becoming
    an organic creature that resembles a
    hybrid of an insect and a fluke worm.

    Thin, whisker-like tendrils reach out
    and probe into Neo's navel. He bucks
    wildly as Smith drops the creature
    which looks for a moment like an uncut
    umbilical cord--

    Before it begins to burrow, its tail
    thrashing as it worms its way inside.

    INT. NEO'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

    Screaming, Neo bolts upright in bed.

    He realizes that he is home. Was it a
    dream? His mouth is normal.
    His stomach looks fine. He starts to
    take a deep, everything-is-okay breath
    when--

    The phone rings.

    It almost stops his heart. It
    continues ringing, building pressure
    in the room, forcing him up out of
    bed, sucking him in with an almost
    gravitational force. He answers it,
    saying nothing.

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    This line is tapped so I
    must be brief.

    NEO
    The Agents--

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    They got to you first, but
    they've underestimated how
    important you are. If they
    knew what I know, you
    would probably be dead.

    NEO
    What are you talking
    about? What the hell is
    happening to me?

    MORPHEUS
    You're the One, Neo. You
    see, you may have spent
    the last few years looking
    for me, but I've spent
    most of my life looking
    for you.

    Neo feels sick.

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    Do you still want to meet?

    NEO
    ...yes.

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    Go to the Adams Street
    bridge.

    Click. He closes his eyes, unsure of
    what he has done.

    EXT. CITY STREET - NIGHT

    It is just beyond the middle of the
    night; that time when it seems there
    are no rules and everything feels
    unsafe. Neo's boots scrape against the
    concrete. Every pair of eyes he passes
    seems to follow him. Rain pours from a
    black sky.

    As he reaches the bridge, headlights
    creep in behind him. He turns just as
    the car slides quickly to a stop
    beside him. The back door opens.

    TRINITY
    Get in.

    INT. CAR

    A large man named APOC is driving.
    Beside him is a beautiful androgyne
    called SWITCH, aiming a large gun at
    Neo. Window wipers beat heavily
    against the windshield.

    NEO
    What the hell is this?!

    TRINITY
    It's necessary, Neo. For
    our protection.

    NEO
    From what?

    TRINITY
    From you.

    She lifts a strange steel and glass
    device that looks like a cross between
    a rib separator, speculum and air
    compressor.

    SWITCH
    Take off your shirt.

    He looks at the strange device and the
    gun still trained on him.

    NEO
    What? Why?

    SWITCH
    Stop the car.

    Apoc does.

    SWITCH
    Listen to me, coppertop.
    We don't have time for
    ëtwenty questions.' Right
    now there is only one
    rule. Our way or the
    highway.

    NEO
    Fine.


    Neo opens the door.

    TRINITY
    Neo, please, you have to
    trust me.

    NEO
    Why?

    TRINITY
    Because you've been down
    there, Neo. You already
    know that road. You know
    exactly where it ends.

    Neo stares out into sheets of rain
    railing against the dark street beyond
    the open door.

    TRINITY
    And I know that's not
    where you want to be.

    He closes the door.

    EXT. DARK STREET

    A moment later the green street lights
    curve over the car's tinted windshield
    as it rushes through the wet
    underworld.

    INT. CAR

    Neo grudgingly strips off his T-shirt.

    TRINITY
    Lie back.

    Trinity aims the device at Neo, its
    glass snout forming a seal over his
    navel. Switch snaps a cable into the
    front seat cigarette lighter.

    NEO
    What is this thing?

    TRINITY
    We think you're bugged.
    Try to relax.

    She turns a dial and the machine bears
    down on Neo's midsection, the cylinder
    sucking hard at his stomach.

    Neo screams, squinting in pain as
    Trinity watches the needle on a
    pressure gauge climb steadily.

    TRINITY
    Come on, come on...

    On a small monitor that projects an
    ultrasound-like image, we see Neo's
    insides begin to slither and churn. He
    gasps as something wiggles beneath his
    skin inside his stomach.

    SWITCH
    It's on the move.

    TRINITY
    @#%$.

    SWITCH
    You're gonna lose it.

    TRINITY
    No I'm not. Clear.

    The forboding word hangs in Neo's ear
    for a moment when Trinity squeezes a
    trigger. Electric current hammers into
    Neo and rigid convulsions take hold of
    him beneath the flickering car lamp
    until--

    Something finally rockets wetly out of
    Neo's stomach through the extractor's
    coils.

    NEO
    Jesus Christ! It's real?!
    That thing is real?!

    Trinity lifts a glass cage at the end
    of the tubing. Inside the small fluke-
    like bug flips and squirms, its
    tendrils flapping against the clear
    walls.

    She unrolls the window and dumps it
    out.

    EXT. CAR

    It hits the pavement with a metallic
    tink, reverted back into a common wire
    tap, as the car disappears into the
    rainy night.


    EXT. HOTEL LAFAYETTE

    The car stops in a deserted alley
    behind a forgotten hotel.

    INT. HOTEL LAFAYETTE

    It is a place of putrefying elegance,
    a rotting host of urban maggotry.

    Trinity leads Neo from the stairwell
    down the hall of the thirteenth floor.
    They stop outside room 1313.

    TRINITY
    This is it.

    Neo can hear his own heart pounding.

    TRINITY
    Let me give one piece of
    advice. Be honest. He
    knows more than you can
    possibly imagine.

    INT. ROOM 1313

    Across the room, a DARK FIGURE stares
    out the tall windows veiled with
    decaying lace. He turns and his smile
    lights up the room. A dull roar of
    thunder shakes the old building.

    MORPHEUS
    At last.

    He wears a long black coat and his
    eyes are invisible behind circular
    mirrored glasses. He strides to Neo
    and they shake hands.

    MORPHEUS
    Welcome, Neo. As you no
    doubt have guessed, I am
    Morpheus.

    NEO
    It's an honor.

    MORPHEUS
    No, the honor is mine.
    Please. Come. Sit.

    He nods to Trinity and she exits
    through a door to an adjacent room.
    They sit across from one another in
    cracked, burgundy-leather chairs.

    MORPHEUS
    I imagine, right now, you
    must be feeling a bit like
    Alice, tumbling down the
    rabbit hole?

    NEO
    You could say that.

    MORPHEUS
    I can see it in your eyes.
    You have the look of a man
    who accepts what he sees
    because he is expecting to
    wake up.

    A smile, razor-thin, curls the corner
    of his lips.

    MORPHEUS
    Ironically, this is not
    far from the truth. But
    I'm getting ahead of
    myself. Can you tell me,
    Neo, why are you here?

    NEO
    You're Morpheus, you're a
    legend. Most hackers would
    die to meet you.

    MORPHEUS
    Yes. Thank you. But I
    think we both know there's
    more to it than that. Do
    you believe in fate, Neo?

    NEO
    No.

    MORPHEUS
    Why not?

    NEO
    Because I don't like the
    idea that I'm not in
    control of my life.

    MORPHEUS
    I know exactly what you
    mean.

    Again, that smile that could cut
    glass.

    MORPHEUS
    Let me tell you why you
    are here. You have come
    because you know
    something. What you know
    you can't explain but you
    feel it. You've felt it
    your whole life, felt that
    something is wrong with
    the world. You don't know
    what, but it's there like
    a splinter in your mind,
    driving you mad. It is
    this feeling that brought
    you to me. Do you know
    what I'm talking about?

    NEO
    The Matrix?

    MORPHEUS
    Do you want to know what
    it is?

    Neo swallows hard and nods.

    MORPHEUS
    The Matrix is everywhere,
    it's all around us, here
    even in this room. You can
    see it out your window or
    on your television.
    You feel it when you go to
    work, or go to church or
    pay your taxes. It is the
    world that has been pulled
    over your eyes to blind
    you from the truth.

    NEO
    What truth?

    MORPHEUS
    That you are a slave, Neo.
    Like everyone else, you
    were born into bondage,
    kept inside a prison that
    you cannot smell, taste,
    or touch. A prison for
    your mind.

    The leather creaks as he leans back.

    MORPHEUS
    Unfortunately, no one can
    be told what the Matrix
    is. You have to see it for
    yourself.


    Morpheus opens his hands. In the right
    is a red pill. In the left, a blue
    pill.

    MORPHEUS
    This is your last chance.
    After this, there is no
    going back. You take the
    blue pill and the story
    ends. You wake in your
    bed and you believe
    whatever you want to
    believe.

    The pills in his open hands are
    reflected in the glasses.

    MORPHEUS
    You take the red pill and
    you stay in Wonderland and
    I show you how deep the
    rabbit hole goes.

    Neo feels the smooth skin of the
    capsules, the moisture growing in his
    palms.

    MORPHEUS
    Remember that all I am
    offering is the truth.
    Nothing more.

    Neo opens his mouth and swallows the
    red pill. The Cheshire smile returns.

    MORPHEUS
    Follow me.

    INT. OTHER ROOM

    He leads Neo into the other room,
    which is cramped with high-tech
    equipment, glowing ash-blue and
    electric green from the racks of
    monitors. Trinity, Apoc, Switch and
    Cypher look up as they enter.

    MORPHEUS
    Apoc, are we on-line?

    APOC
    Almost.

    He and Trinity are working quickly,
    hard-wiring a complex system of
    monitors, modules and drives.

    MORPHEUS
    Neo, time is always
    against us. Will you take
    a seat there?

    Neo sits in a chair in the center of
    the room and Trinity begins gently
    fixing white electrode disks to him.
    Near the chair is an old oval dressing
    mirror that is cracked. He whispers to
    Trinity:

    NEO
    You did all this?

    She nods, placing a set of headphones
    over his ears. They are wired to an
    old hotel phone.

    MORPHEUS
    The pill you took is part
    of a trace program. It's
    designed to disrupt your
    input/output carrier
    signal so we can pinpoint
    your location.

    NEO
    What does that mean?

    CYPHER
    It means buckle up,
    Dorothy, 'cause Kansas is
    going bye-bye.

    Distantly, through the ear phones, he
    hears Apoc pounding on a keyboard.
    Sweat beads his face. His eyes blink
    and twitch when he notices the mirror.

    Wide-eyed, he stares as it begins to
    heal itself, a webwork of cracks that
    slowly run together as though the
    mirror were becoming liquid.

    NEO
    Did you...?

    Cypher works with Apoc, checking reams
    of phosphorescent data. Trinity
    monitors Neo's electric vital signs.
    Neo reaches out to touch the mirror
    and his fingers disappear beneath the
    rippling surface.

    Quickly, he tries to pull his fingers
    out but the mirror stretches in long
    rubbery strands like mirrored-taffy
    stuck to his fingertips.

    MORPHEUS
    Have you ever had a dream,
    Neo, that you were so sure
    was real?

    A flash of lightning flickers white
    hot against Neo.

    NEO
    This can't be...

    MORPHEUS
    Be what? Be real?

    The strands thin like rubber cement as
    he pulls away, until the fragile wisps
    of mirror thread break.

    MORPHEUS
    What if you were unable to
    wake from that dream, Neo?
    How would you know the
    difference between the
    dream world and the real
    world?

    Neo looks at his hand; fingers
    distended into mirrored icicles that
    begin to melt rapidly, dripping,
    running like wax down his fingers,
    spreading across his palm where he
    sees his face reflected.

    NEO
    Uh-oh...

    TRINITY
    It's going into
    replication.

    MORPHEUS
    Apoc?

    APOC
    Still nothing.

    Morpheus takes out a cellular phone
    and dials a number.

    MORPHEUS
    Tank, we're going to need
    the signal soon.

    The mirror gel seems to come to life,
    racing, crawling up his arms like
    hundreds of insects.

    The mirror creeps up his neck as Neo
    begins to panic, tipping his head as
    though he were sinking into the
    mirror, trying to keep his mouth up.

    NEO
    It's cold.



    TRINITY
    I got a fibrillation!

    MORPHEUS
    @#%$! Apoc?

    Streams of mercury run from Neo's
    nose.

    APOC
    Targeting... almost there.

    An alarm on Trinity's monitor erupts.

    TRINITY
    He's going into arrest!

    APOC
    Lock! I got him!

    MORPHEUS
    Now, Tank, now!

    His eyes tear with mirror, rolling up
    and closing as a high-pitched electric
    scream erupts in the headphones. It is
    a piercing shriek like a computer
    calling to another computer--

    Neo's body arches in agony and we are
    pulled like we were pulled into the
    holes of the phone, sucked into his
    scream and swallowed by darkness.

    INT. POWER PLANT

    Close on a man's body floating in a
    womb-red amnion. His body spasms,
    fighting against the thick gelatin.

    Metal tubes, surreal versions of
    hospital tubes, obscure his face.
    Other lines like IVs are connected to
    limbs and cover his genitals.

    He is struggling desperately now. Air
    bubbles into the Jell-O but does not
    break the surface. Pressing up, the
    surface distends, stretching like a
    red rubber cocoon.

    Unable to breathe, he fights wildly to
    stand, clawing at the thinning elastic
    shroud, until it ruptures, a hole
    widening around his mouth as he sucks
    for air. Tearing himself free, he
    emerges from the cell.

    It is Neo.

    He is bald and naked, his body slick
    with gelatin. Dizzy, nauseous, he
    waits for his vision to focus.

    He is standing in an oval capsule of
    clear alloy filled with red gelatin,
    the surface of which has solidified
    like curdled milk. The IVs in his arms
    are plugged into outlets that appear
    to be grafted to his flesh.

    He feels the weight of another cable
    and reaches to the back of his head
    where he finds an enormous coaxial
    plugged and locked into the base of
    his skull. He tries to pull it out but
    it would be easier to pull off a
    finger.

    To either side he sees other tube-
    shaped pods filled with red gelatin;
    beneath the wax-like surface, pale and
    motionless, he sees other human
    beings.

    Fanning out in a circle, there are
    more.
    All connected to a center core, each
    capsule like a red, dimly-glowing
    petal attached to a black metal stem.

    Above him, level after level, the stem
    rises seemingly forever. He moves to
    the foot of the capsule and looks out.
    The image assaults his mind.

    Towers of glowing petals spiral up to
    incomprehensible heights, disappearing
    down into a dim murk like an
    underwater abyss.

    His sight is blurred and warped,
    exaggerating the intensity of the
    vision. The sound of the plant is like
    the sound of the ocean heard from
    inside the belly of Leviathan.

    From above, a machine drops directly
    in front of Neo. He swallows his
    scream as it seems to stare at him. It
    is almost insect-like in its design;
    beautiful housings of alloyed metal
    covering organic-like systems of hard
    and soft polymers.

    The machine seizes hold of Neo,
    paralyzing him as the cable lock at
    the back of his neck spins and opens.

    The cable disengages itself. A long
    clear plastic needle and cerebrum-chip
    slides from the anterior of Neo's
    skull with an ooze of blood and spinal
    fluid. The other connective hoses snap
    free and snake away as the machine
    lets Neo go.

    Suddenly, the back of the unit opens
    and a tremendous vacuum, like an
    airplane door opening, sucks the
    gelatin and then Neo into a black
    hole.

    INT. WASTE LINE

    The pipe is a waste disposal system
    and Neo falls, sliding with the clot
    of gelatin. Banking through pipe
    spirals and elbows, flushing up
    through grease traps clogged with oily
    clumps of cellulite.

    INT. SEWER MAIN

    Neo begins to drown when he is
    suddenly snatched from the flow of
    waste.

    The metallic cable then lifts, pulling
    him up into the belly of the
    futuristic flying machine hovering
    inside the sewer main.

    INT. HOVERCRAFT

    The metal harness opens and drops the
    half-conscious Neo onto the floor.
    Human hands and arms help him up as he
    finds himself looking straight at
    Morpheus.

    He smiles.

    MORPHEUS
    Welcome to the real world,
    Neo.

    Neo passes out.

    FADE TO BLACK.

    INT. HOVERCRAFT

    We have no sense of time. We hear
    voices whispering.

    MORPHEUS
    We've done it, Trinity. We
    found him.

    TRINITY
    I hope you're right.

    MORPHEUS
    I don't have to hope it. I
    know it.

    Neo's eyes flutter open. We see
    Morpheus' face above us, angelic in
    the fluorescent glow of a light stick.

    NEO (O.S.)
    ... am I dead?

    MORPHEUS
    Far from it.

    FADE TO BLACK.

    INT. HOVERCRAFT - INFIRMARY

    He opens his eyes again, something
    tingling through him. He focuses and
    sees his body pierced with dozens of
    acupuncture-like needles wired to a
    strange device.

    DOZER
    He still needs a lot of
    work.

    DOZER and Morpheus are operating on
    Neo.

    NEO
    What are you doing?

    MORPHEUS
    Your muscles have
    atrophied. We're
    rebuilding them.

    Fluorescent light sticks burn
    unnaturally bright.

    NEO
    Why do my eyes hurt?

    MORPHEUS
    You've never used them
    before.

    Morpheus closes Neo's eyes and Neo
    lays back.

    MORPHEUS
    Rest, Neo. The answers are
    coming.

    INT. NEO'S ROOM

    Neo wakes up from a deep sleep,
    feeling better. He begins to examine
    himself. There is a futuristic IV
    plugged into the jack in his forearm.
    He pulls it out, staring at the
    grafted outlet.

    He runs his hand over the short hair
    now covering his head. His fingers
    find and explore the large outlet in
    the base of his skull.

    Just as he starts to come unglued,
    Morpheus opens the door.

    NEO
    Morpheus, what's happened
    to me? What is this place?

    MORPHEUS
    More important than what
    is when?

    NEO
    When?

    MORPHEUS
    You believe the year is
    1997 when in fact it is
    much closer to 2197. I
    can't say for certain what
    year it is because we
    honestly do not know.

    The wind is knocked from Neo's chest.

    MORPHEUS
    There is no reason for me
    to try to explain it when
    I can simply show it. Come
    with me.

    INT. HOVERCRAFT

    Like a sleepwalker, Neo follows
    Morpheus through the ship.

    MORPHEUS
    This is my ship, the
    Nebuchadnezzar. It's a
    hovercraft. Small like a
    submarine. It's cramped
    and cold. But it's home.

    They climb a ladder up to the main
    deck.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Everyone is there.

    MORPHEUS
    This is the main deck. You
    know most of my crew.

    Trinity smiles and nods.

    MORPHEUS
    The ones you don't know.
    That's Mouse, Cypher, and
    Switch. Those two guys are
    Tank and Dozer.

    The names and faces wash meaninglessly
    over Neo.

    MORPHEUS
    And this, this is the
    Core. This is where we
    broadcast our pirate
    signal and hack into the
    Matrix.

    It is a swamp of bizarre electronic
    equipment. Vines of coaxial hang and
    snake to and from huge monolithic
    battery slabs, a black portable
    satellite dish and banks of life
    systems and computer monitors.

    At the center of the web, there are
    six ecto-skeleton chairs made of a
    poly-alloy frame and suspension
    harness. Near the circle of chairs is
    the control console and operator's
    station where the network is
    monitored.

    MORPHEUS
    You want to know what the
    Matrix is, Neo? The answer
    is right here.

    He touches the back of Neo's head.

    MORPHEUS
    Help him, Trinity.

    Neo allows himself to be helped into
    one of the chairs. He feels Morpheus
    guiding a coaxial line into the jack
    at the back of his neck. The cable has
    the same kind of cerebrum chip we saw
    inside the plant.

    MORPHEUS
    This will feel a little
    weird.

    There are several disturbing noises as
    he works the needle in.

    We move in as Neo's shoulders bunch
    and his face tightens into a grimace
    until a loud click fires and his ears
    pop like when you equalize them
    underwater.

    He relaxes, opening his eyes as we
    pull back to a feeling of
    weightlessness inside another place--

    INT. CONSTRUCT

    Neo is standing in an empty, blank-
    white space.

    MORPHEUS
    This is the Construct.

    Startled, Neo whips around and finds
    Morpheus now in the room with him.

    MORPHEUS
    It is our loading program.
    We can load anything from
    clothes, to weapons, to
    training simulations.
    Anything we need.

    Morpheus walks past Neo and when Neo
    turns he sees the two leather chairs
    from the Hotel Lafayette set up in
    front of a large-screen television.

    MORPHEUS
    Sit down.

    Neo stands at the back of the chair as
    Morpheus sits.

    NEO
    Right now, we're inside a
    computer program?

    Morpheus smiles.

    MORPHEUS
    Is it so hard to believe
    Your clothes are
    different, the plugs in
    your arms and head are
    gone. Look at your hair,
    you were bald a moment
    ago.

    Neo touches his head.

    MORPHEUS
    It's what we call residual
    self image. The mental
    projection of your
    electronic self. Wild,
    isn't it?

    Neo's hands run over the cracked
    leather.

    NEO
    This-- This isn't real?

    MORPHEUS
    What is real? How do you
    define real? If you're
    talking about what you
    feel, taste, smell, or
    see, then real is simply
    electrical signals
    interpreted by your brain.

    He picks up a remote control and
    clicks on the television. On the
    television, we see images of the
    twentieth century city where Neo
    lived.

    MORPHEUS
    This is the world you
    know. The world as it was
    at the end of the
    Twentieth Century. It
    exists now only as part of
    a neural-interactive
    simulation that we call
    the Matrix.

    He changes the channel and we see a
    very different city as we enter the
    television.

    MORPHEUS
    You have been living
    inside a dreamworld, Neo.
    As in Baudrillard's
    vision, your whole life
    has been spent inside the
    map, not the territory.
    This is the world as it
    exists today.

    In the distance, we see the ruins of a
    future city protruding from the
    wasteland like the blackened ribs of a
    long-dead corpse.

    MORPHEUS
    The desert of the real.'

    Beneath us, the water is gone.

    We turn and descend, spiraling down
    toward the lake bed which is scorched
    and split like burnt flesh, where we
    find Morpheus and Neo. Neo clings to
    the chair, trying to get his bearings.

    MORPHEUS
    We have only bits and
    pieces of information.
    What we know for certain
    is that, at some point in
    the early Twenty-first
    Century, all of mankind
    was united in celebration.
    Through the blinding
    inebriation of hubris, we
    marveled at our
    magnificence as we gave
    birth to A.I.

    NEO
    A.I.? You mean artificial
    intelligence?

    MORPHEUS
    Yes. A singular
    consciousness that spawned
    an entire race of
    machines.
    I must say I find it
    almost funny to imagine
    the world slapping itself
    on the back, toasting the
    new age. I say almost
    funny.

    He looks up and his sunglasses reflect
    the obsidian clouds roiling overhead.

    MORPHEUS
    We don't know who struck
    first. Us or them. But we
    do know it was us that
    scorched the sky. At the
    time, they were dependent
    on solar power. It was
    believed they would be
    unable to survive without
    an energy source as
    abundant as the sun.

    As we descend into the circular window
    of his glasses, there is a flash of
    lightning.

    MORPHEUS
    Throughout human history,
    we have been dependent on
    machines to survive. Fate,
    it seems, is not without a
    sense of irony.

    EXT. FETUS FIELDS

    On the flash, we pull back from the
    darkness which reveals itself to be
    the black eye of a fetus.

    MORPHEUS
    The Machines discovered a
    new form of fusion. All
    they needed was a small
    electrical charge to
    initiate the reaction.

    The fetus is suspended in a placenta-
    like husk, where its malleable skull
    is already growing around the brain-
    jack.

    MORPHEUS
    The human body generates
    more bioelectricity than a
    120-volt battery and over
    25,000 B.T.U.'s of body
    heat.

    The husk hanging from a stalk is
    plucked by a thresher- like farm
    machine.

    MORPHEUS
    There are fields, endless
    fields where human beings
    are no longer born; we are
    grown.

    We rise up, the field stretching in
    every direction to the horizon,
    lightning tearing open the sky as a
    harvester sweeps past us.

    INT. POWER PLANT

    From the yawning black of the waste
    port, we begin to pull back as it
    snaps shut. Red amniotic gel flows
    into the pod below us, pooling around
    a tiny newborn that suckles its feed
    tube.

    MORPHEUS
    For the longest time, I
    wouldn't believe it. But
    then I saw the fields with
    my own eyes, watched them
    liquify the dead so they
    could be fed intravenously
    to the living and standing
    there, facing the
    efficiency, the pure,
    horrifying precision, I
    came to realize the
    obviousness of the truth.

    Still pulling back, we see the image
    of the power plant now on the
    television as we return to the white
    space of the construct.

    INT. CONSTRUCT

    Morpheus steps into view as he clicks
    off the television.

    MORPHEUS
    What is the Matrix?
    Control.

    He opens the back of the television
    remote control.

    MORPHEUS
    The Matrix is a computer-
    generated dreamworld built
    to keep us under control
    in order to change a human
    being into this.

    He holds up a coppertop battery.

    NEO
    No! I don't believe it!
    It's not possible!

    MORPHEUS
    I didn't say that it would
    be easy, Neo. I just said
    that it would be the
    truth.

    NEO
    Stop! Let me out! I want
    out!

    INT. MAIN DECK

    His eyes snap open and he thrashes
    against the chair, trying to rip the
    cable from the back of his neck.

    NEO
    Get this thing out of me!

    TRINITY
    Easy, Neo. Easy.

    Dozer holds him while Trinity unlocks
    it. Once it's out, he tears away from
    them, falling as he trips free of the
    harness.

    NEO
    Don't touch me! Get away
    from me!

    On his hands and knees, he reels as
    the world spins. Sweat pours off him
    as a pressure builds inside his skull
    as if his brain had been put into a
    centrifuge.

    NEO
    I don't believe it! I
    don't believe it!

    CYPHER
    He's going to pop!

    Vomiting violently, Neo pitches
    forward and blacks out.
    INT. NEO'S ROOM

    He blinks, regaining consciousness.
    The room is dark. Neo is stretched out
    on his bed.

    NEO
    I can't go back, can I?

    Morpheus is sitting like a shadow on a
    chair in the far corner.

    MORPHEUS
    No. But if you could,
    would you really want to?

    Deep down, Neo knows that answer.

    MORPHEUS
    I feel that I owe you an
    apology. There is a rule
    that we do not free a mind
    once it reaches a certain
    age. It is dangerous. They
    have trouble letting go.
    Their mind turns against
    them. I've seen it happen.
    I'm sorry. I broke the
    rule because I had to.

    He stares into the darkness,
    confessing as much to himself as to
    Neo.

    MORPHEUS
    When the Matrix was first
    built there was a man born
    inside that had the
    ability to change what he
    wanted, to remake the
    Matrix as he saw fit. It
    was this man that freed
    the first of us and taught
    us the truth; as long as
    the Matrix exists, the
    human race will never be
    free.

    He pauses.

    MORPHEUS
    When he died, the Oracle
    prophesied his return and
    envisioned that his coming
    would hail the destruction
    of the Matrix, an end to
    the war and freedom for
    our people. That is why
    there are those of us that
    have spent our entire
    lives searching the
    Matrix, looking for him.

    Neo can feel his eyes on him.

    MORPHEUS
    I did what I did because I
    believe the search is
    over.

    He stands up.

    MORPHEUS
    Get some rest. You're
    going to need it.

    NEO
    For what?

    MORPHEUS
    Your training.

    INT. HOVERCRAFT

    There is no morning; there is only
    darkness and then the fluorescent
    light sticks flicker on.


    INT. NEO'S ROOM

    Neo is awake in his bed, staring up at
    the lights. The door opens and TANK
    steps inside.

    TANK
    Morning. Did you sleep?

    NEO
    No.

    TANK
    You will tonight. I
    guarantee it. I'm Tank.
    I'll be your operator.

    He offers his hand and Neo shakes it.
    He notices that Tank doesn't have any
    jacks.

    NEO
    You don't have...

    TANK
    Any holes? Nope. Me and my
    brother Dozer, we are 100
    percent pure, old-
    fashioned, home-grown
    human. Born free. Right
    here in the real world.
    Genuine child of Zion.

    NEO
    Zion?

    TANK
    If this war ended
    tomorrow, Zion is where
    the party would be.

    NEO
    It's a city?

    TANK
    The last human city. The
    only place we got left.

    NEO
    Where is it?

    TANK
    Deep underground. Near the
    earth's core, where it's
    still warm. You live long
    enough, you might even see
    it.

    Tank smiles.

    TANK
    @#%$, I got to tell
    you, I'm fairly excited to
    see what you are capable
    of. I mean if Morpheus is
    right and all. We're not
    supposed to talk about any
    of that but if you are,
    well then this is an
    exciting time. We got a
    lot to do, so let's get to
    it.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Neo is plugged in, hanging in one of
    the suspension chairs.

    TANK
    We're supposed to load all
    these operations programs
    first, but this is some
    major boring @#%$. Why
    don't we start with
    something a little fun?

    Tank smiles as he plops into his
    operator's chair. He begins flipping
    through a tall carousel loaded with
    micro discs.

    TANK
    How about some combat
    training?

    Neo reads the label on the disk.

    NEO
    Jujitsu? I'm going to
    learn jujitsu?

    Tank slides the disk into Neo's
    supplement drive.

    NEO
    No way.

    Smiling, Tank punches the "load" code.
    His body jumps against the harness as
    his eyes clamp shut. The monitors kick
    wildly as his heart pounds, adrenaline
    surges, and his brain sizzles. An
    instant later his eyes snap open.

    NEO
    Holy @#%$!

    TANK
    Hey, Mikey, he likes it!
    Ready for more?

    NEO
    Hell yes!

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Close on a computer monitor as grey
    pixels slowly fill a small, half-empty
    box. It is a meter displaying how much
    download time is left. The title bar
    reads: "Combat Series 10 of 12," file
    categories flashing beneath it:
    "Savate, Jujitsu, Ken Po, Drunken
    Boxing..."

    Morpheus walks in.

    MORPHEUS
    How is he?

    TANK
    Ten hours straight. He's
    a machine.

    Neo's body spasms and relaxes as his
    eyes open, breath hissing from his
    lips. He looks like he just orgasmed.

    NEO
    This is incredible. I know
    kung fu.

    MORPHEUS
    Show me.

    INT. DOJO

    They are standing in a very sparse
    Japanese-style dojo.

    MORPHEUS
    This is a sparring
    program, similar to the
    programmed reality of the
    Matrix. It has the same
    basic rules. Rules like
    gravity. What you must
    learn is that these rules
    are no different than the
    rules of a computer
    system. Some of them can
    be bent. Others can be
    broken. Understand?

    Neo nods as Morpheus assumes a
    fighting stance.

    MORPHEUS
    Then hit me, if you can.

    Neo assumes a similar stance,
    cautiously circling until he gives a
    short cry and launches a furious
    attack.

    It is like a Jackie Chan movie at high
    speed, fists and feet striking from
    every angle as Neo presses his attack,
    but each and every blow is blocked by
    effortless speed.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    While their minds battle in the
    programmed reality, the two bodies
    appear quite serene, suspended in the
    drive chairs.

    Tank monitors their Life Systems,
    noticing that Neo is wildly and
    chaotically lit up as opposed to the
    slow and steady rhythm of Morpheus.

    INT. MESS HALL

    MOUSE bursts into the room,
    interrupting dinner.

    MOUSE
    Morpheus is fighting Neo!

    All at once, everyone bolts for the
    door.

    INT. DOJO

    Neo's face is knotted, teeth clenched,
    as he hurls himself at Morpheus.

    MORPHEUS
    Good. Adaptation.
    Improvisation. But your
    weakness isn't your
    technique.

    Morpheus attacks him and it is like
    nothing we have seen. His feet and
    fists are everywhere, taking Neo
    apart. For every blow Neo blocks, five
    more hit their marks until--

    Neo falls.

    Panting, on his hands and knees, blood
    spits from his mouth, speckling the
    white floor of the dojo.

    MORPHEUS
    How did I beat you?

    NEO
    You-- you're too fast.

    MORPHEUS
    Do you think my being
    faster, stronger has
    anything to do with my
    muscles in this place?

    Neo is frustrated, still unable to
    catch his breath.

    MORPHEUS
    Do you believe that's air
    you are breathing now?

    Neo stands, nodding slowly.

    MORPHEUS
    Again.

    Their fists fly with pneumatic speed.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Everyone is gathered behind Tank
    watching the fight, like watching a
    game of Mortal Kombat.

    MOUSE
    Jeeezus Keeerist! He's
    fast! Look at his neural-
    kinetics! They're way
    above normal!

    INT. DOJO

    Morpheus begins to press Neo,
    countering blows while slipping in
    several stinging slaps.

    MORPHEUS
    Come on, Neo. What are you
    waiting for? You're faster
    than this. Don't think you
    are. Know you are.

    Whack, Morpheus cracks Neo again.
    Neo's face twists with rage as the
    speed of the blows rises like a drum
    solo.

    MORPHEUS
    Come on! Stop trying to
    hit me and just hit me.

    Wham. A single blow catches Morpheus
    on the side of the head, knocking off
    his glasses.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    There are several gasps.

    MOUSE
    I don't believe it!

    INT. DOJO

    Morpheus rubs his face, then smiles.

    NEO
    I know what you're trying
    to do--

    MORPHEUS
    I'm trying to free your
    mind, Neo, but all I can
    do is show you the door.
    You're the one that has to
    step through. Tank, load
    the jump program.


    INT. HOVERCRAFT

    Apoc and Switch exchange looks as Tank
    grabs for the disk.

    INT. CONSTRUCT - ROOFTOP - DAY

    Morpheus and Neo are again in the
    white space of the Construct. Beneath
    their feet, we see the jump program
    rush up at them until they are
    standing on a rooftop in a city
    skyline.

    MORPHEUS
    Let it all go, Neo. Fear.
    Doubt. Disbelief. Free
    your mind.

    Morpheus spins, running hard at the
    edge of the rooftop. And jumps. He
    sails through the air, his coat
    billowing out behind him like a cape
    as he lands on the rooftop across the
    street.

    NEO
    @#%$.

    Neo looks down at the street twenty
    floors below, then at Morpheus an
    impossible fifty feet away.

    NEO
    Okie dokie. Free my mind.
    Right. No problem.

    He takes a deep breath. And starts to
    run.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    They are transfixed.

    MOUSE
    What if he makes it?

    APOC
    No way. Not possible.

    TANK
    No one's ever made their
    first jump.

    MOUSE
    I know but what if he
    does?

    APOC
    He won't.

    Trinity stares at the screen, her
    fists clenching as she whispers.

    TRINITY
    Come on.

    EXT. ROOFTOP

    Summoning every ounce of strength in
    his legs, Neo launches himself into
    the air in a single maniacal shriek-

    But comes up drastically short.

    His eyes widen as he plummets. Stories
    fly by, the ground rushing up at him,
    but as he hits, the ground gives way,
    stretching like a trapeze net. He
    bounces and flips, slowly coming to a
    rest, flat on his back.

    He laughs, a bit unsure, wiping the
    wind-blown tears from his face.
    Morpheus exits the building and helps
    him to his feet.

    MORPHEUS
    Do you know why you didn't
    make it?

    NEO
    Because... I didn't think
    I would?

    Morpheus smiles and nods.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    They break up.

    MOUSE
    What does it mean?

    SWITCH
    It doesn't mean anything.

    CYPHER
    Everyone falls the first
    time, right, Trinity?

    But Trinity has already left.

    Neo's eyes open as Tank eases the plug
    out. He tries to move and groans,
    cradling his ribs. While Tank helps
    Morpheus, Neo spits blood into his
    hand.

    NEO
    I thought it wasn't real.

    MORPHEUS
    Your mind makes it real.

    Neo stares at the blood.

    NEO
    If you are killed in the
    Matrix, you die here?

    MORPHEUS
    The body cannot live
    without the mind.

    INT. NEO'S ROOM

    Trinity enters from the hall, carrying
    a tray of food.

    TRINITY
    Neo, I saved you some
    dinner--

    She sees him passed out on the bed.
    She sets the tray down and pulls the
    blanket over him.

    She pauses, her face close to his,
    then inhales lightly, breathing in the
    scent of him before slowly pulling
    away.

    INT. HALL

    Trinity steps out of Neo's room to
    find Cypher watching her.

    CYPHER
    I don't remember you ever
    bringing me dinner.

    Trinity says nothing.

    CYPHER
    There's something about
    him, isn't there?

    TRINITY
    Don't tell me you're a
    believer now?

    CYPHER
    I just keep wondering if
    Morpheus is so sure, why
    doesn't he take him to the
    Oracle? She would know.

    TRINITY
    Morpheus will take him
    when he's ready.

    She turns and he watches her walk
    away.


    EXT. CITY STREET - TRAINING PROGRAM - DAY

    Morpheus moves effortlessly through a
    crowded downtown street while Neo
    struggles to keep up, constantly
    bumped and shouldered off the path.


    MORPHEUS
    The Matrix is a system,
    Neo, and that system is
    our enemy. But when you
    are inside and look
    around, what do you see;
    businessmen, lawyers,
    teachers, carpenters. The
    minds of the very people
    we are trying to save. But
    until we do, these people
    are still a part of the
    system and that makes them
    our enemy.

    A cop writing a parking ticket stares
    at Neo from behind his glasses.

    MORPHEUS
    You have to understand
    that most of these people
    are not ready to be
    unplugged and many of them
    are so inured, so
    hopelessly dependent on
    the system that they will
    fight to protect it.

    A beautiful woman in a red dress
    smiles at Neo as she passes by.

    MORPHEUS
    Were you listening to me,
    Neo? Or were you looking
    at the woman in the red
    dress?

    NEO
    I was...

    MORPHEUS
    Look again.

    Neo turns just as Agent Smith levels a
    gun at his face. Neo screams.

    MORPHEUS
    Freeze it.

    Everything except Morpheus and Neo
    freezes.

    NEO
    This-- This isn't the
    Matrix?

    MORPHEUS
    No, it's another training
    program designed to teach
    you one thing; if you are
    not one of us, you're one
    of them.

    NEO
    What are they?

    MORPHEUS
    Sentient programs. They
    can move in and out of any
    software still hardwired
    to their system. That
    means that anyone that we
    haven't unplugged is
    potentially an Agent.
    Inside the Matrix, they
    are everyone and they are
    no one.

    Neo stares at the Agent.

    MORPHEUS
    We've survived by hiding
    from them, running from
    them, but they are the
    gatekeepers, they're
    guarding all the doors,
    holding all the keys which
    means that sooner or later
    someone is going to have
    to fight them.

    NEO
    Someone?

    MORPHEUS
    I won't lie to you, Neo.
    Every single man or woman
    who has stood their
    ground, who has fought an
    Agent, has died. But where
    they failed, you will
    succeed.

    NEO
    Why?

    MORPHEUS
    I've seen an Agent punch
    through a concrete wall.
    Men have emptied entire
    clips at them and hit
    nothing but air.
    Yet their strength and
    their speed are still
    based in a world that is
    built by rules. Because of
    that, they will never be
    as strong or as fast as
    you can be.

    Neo scratches his head.

    NEO
    What? Are you trying to
    tell me that I can dodge
    bullets?

    MORPHEUS
    No, Neo. I'm trying to
    tell you that when you're
    ready, you won't have to.

    Morpheus's cell phone rings and he
    flips it open.

    TANK (V.O.)
    We got trouble.


    EXT. SEWER MAIN

    The Nebuchadnezzar blisters by,
    trailing a swirling, supercharged,
    electromagnetic wake.

    INT. @#%$PIT

    Morpheus slides into the co-pilot's
    chair next to Dozer.

    MORPHEUS
    Did Zion send the warning?

    DOZER
    No. Another ship. Big
    Brother I think, they're
    running a parallel
    pipeline.

    Morpheus scans the decayed landscape
    of the sewer main that rolls by as Neo
    and Trinity squeeze into the @#%$pit
    behind him. An alarm begins to sound.

    DOZER
    @#%$, Squiddy's sweeping
    in quick.

    MORPHEUS
    Set it down in there.

    NEO
    Squiddy?

    TRINITY
    A Sentinel. It's a killing
    machine designed for one
    thing.

    DOZER
    Search and destroy.

    Neo feels the ship rock to the side as
    it squeezes into a tiny supply line.

    EXT. HOVERCRAFT

    The Nebuchadnezzar sets down, almost
    wedged into a pipe that barely
    accommodates its size.

    INT. @#%$PIT

    Morpheus clicks the intercom.

    MORPHEUS
    How we doing, Tank?

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Tank works furiously at the operator's
    station as the ceaseless whir of the
    ship's turbines grind to a halt. The
    main deck is plunged into dark
    silence. The rest of the crew stands
    behind him as he whispers.

    TANK
    Power off-line. E.M.P.
    armed and ready.

    Tank's fingers curl around a small key
    that glows a dim red.

    INT. @#%$PIT

    Neo leans into Trinity's ear.

    NEO
    E.M.P?

    TRINITY
    An electromagnetic pulse.
    It disables any electrical
    system in the blast
    radius. It's the only
    weapon we have against the
    machines.

    Dozer looks up.

    DOZER
    Now we wait.

    Through the @#%$pit's windshield, the
    vast cavern of the sewer main yawns
    before them. Strands of green haze
    curl around mossy icicles that dangle
    into a pool of churning frozen waste.

    Neo begins to angle around Dozer but
    Morpheus grabs him.

    MORPHEUS
    Don't move. It'll hear
    you.

    Neo freezes and they wait. Without the
    Nebuchadnezzar's heating systems, the
    temperature in the @#%$pit begins to
    rapidly drop. The crew members huddle
    together, their breath freezing into a
    uniform cloud as it gets colder and
    colder.

    Dozer quietly reaches to brush away
    the frost on the windshield and as his
    hand clears a swathe--

    They see it.

    In the darkness, a shifting shadow of
    mechanized death. It is beautiful and
    terrifying. Black alloy skin flickers
    like sequins beneath sinewy coils and
    skeletal appendages.

    Neo can feel the hairs on the back of
    his neck rise as it silently glides
    over them with shark-like malevolence
    until it disappears into the darkness.

    In the frozen little room, everyone
    breathes a little easier.

    INT. HALL

    The ship is quiet and dark. Everyone
    is asleep.



    INT. MAIN DECK

    The core glows with monitor light.
    Cypher is in the operator's chair as
    Neo comes up behind him.

    CYPHER
    Whoa! @#%$, Neo, you
    scared the Bejeezus out of
    me.

    NEO
    Sorry.

    CYPHER
    No, it's all right.

    Neo's eyes light up as he steps closer
    to the screens that seem alive with a
    constant flow of data.

    NEO
    Is that...?

    CYPHER
    The Matrix? Yeah.

    Neo stares at the endlessly shifting
    river of information, bizarre codes
    and equations flowing across the face
    of the monitor.

    NEO
    Do you always look at it
    encoded?

    CYPHER
    Have to. The image
    translators sort of work
    for the construct programs
    but there's way too much
    information to decode the
    Matrix. You get used to
    it, though. Your brain
    does the translating. I
    don't even see the code.
    All I see is blonde,
    brunette, and redhead. You
    want a drink?

    Neo nods and he pours a clear alcohol
    from a plastic jug.

    CYPHER
    You know, I know what
    you're thinking 'cause
    right now I'm thinking the
    same thing. Actually, to
    tell you the truth, I've
    been thinking the same
    thing ever since I got
    here.

    He raises the glass.

    CYPHER
    Why, oh why, didn't I take
    that blue pill!?

    He throws the shot down his throat.
    Neo does the same and it almost kills
    him. Smiling, Cypher slaps him on the
    back.

    CYPHER
    Good @#%$, eh? Dozer makes
    it. It's good for two
    things: degreasing engines
    and killing brain cells.

    Red-faced, Neo finally stops coughing.
    Cypher pours him another.

    CYPHER
    Can I ask you something?
    Did he happen to tell you
    why he did it?

    Neo looks up, unsure.

    CYPHER
    Why you're here?

    NEO
    ...yeah.

    CYPHER
    Gee-zus! What a mindjob.
    You're here to save the
    world.
    You gotta be @#%$ting me.
    What do you say to
    something like that?

    Neo looks down at his drink.

    CYPHER
    I'm going to let you in on
    a little secret here. Now
    don't tell him I told you
    this, but this ain't the
    first time Morpheus
    thought he found the One.

    NEO
    Really?

    CYPHER
    You bet your ass. It keeps
    him going. Maybe it keeps
    all of us going.

    NEO
    How many were there?

    CYPHER
    Five. Since I've been
    here.

    NEO
    What happened to them?

    CYPHER
    Dead. All dead.

    NEO
    How?

    CYPHER
    Honestly? Morpheus. He got
    them all amped up
    believing in bull@#%$. I
    watched each of them take
    on an Agent and I watched
    each of them die. Little
    piece of advice: you see
    an Agent, you do what we
    do; run. Run your ass off.

    Neo gulps down another shot.

    NEO
    Thanks... for the drink.

    CYPHER
    Any time.

    Cypher nods as Neo heads for the
    ladder.

    CYPHER
    Sweet dreams.

    INT. RESTAURANT - NIGHT

    Chamber music and the ambiance of
    wealth soak the restaurant around us
    as we watch a serrated knife saw
    through a thick, gorgeous steak. The
    meat is so perfect, charred on the
    outside, oozing red juice on the
    inside, that it could be a dream.

    We hear a voice that we recognize
    immediately.

    AGENT SMITH
    Do we have a deal, Mr.
    Reagan?

    A fork stabs the cube of meat and we
    follow it up to the face of Cypher.

    CYPHER
    You know, I know that this
    steak doesn't exist. I
    know that when I put it in
    my mouth, the Matrix is
    telling my brain that it
    is juicy and delicious.
    After nine years, do you
    know what I've realized?

    He shoves it in, eyes rolling up,
    savoring the tender beef melting in
    his mouth.

    CYPHER
    Ignorance is bliss.

    Agent Smith watches him chew the steak
    loudly, smacking it between his teeth.

    CYPHER
    Mmm so, so @#%$ good.

    AGENT SMITH
    Then we have a deal?

    CYPHER
    I don't want to remember
    nothing. Nothing! You
    understand? And I want to
    be rich. Someone
    important. Like an actor.
    You can do that, right?

    AGENT SMITH
    Whatever you want, Mr.
    Reagan.

    Cypher takes a deep drink of wine.

    CYPHER
    All right. You get my body
    back in a Power Plant,
    reinsert me into the
    Matrix and I'll get you
    what you want.

    AGENT SMITH
    Access codes to the Zion
    mainframe.

    CYPHER
    I told you I don't know
    them. But I can give you
    the man who does.

    AGENT SMITH
    Morpheus.

    INT. MESS HALL

    Close on breakfast, a substance with a
    consistency somewhere between yogurt
    and cellulite.

    TANK
    Here you go, buddy.
    Breakfast of champions.

    Tank slides it in front of Neo and
    takes a seat with the other crew
    members enjoying breakfast.


    MOUSE
    If you close your eyes, it
    almost feels like you're
    eating runny eggs.

    APOC
    Or a bowl of snot.

    MOUSE
    But you know what it
    really reminds me of?
    Tastee Wheat. Did you ever
    eat Tastee Wheat?

    SWITCH
    No, but technically
    neither did you.

    MOUSE
    Exactly my point, because
    you have to wonder, how do
    the machines know what
    Tastee Wheat really tasted
    like? Maybe they got it
    wrong, maybe what I think
    Tastee Wheat tasted like
    actually tasted like
    oatmeal, or tuna fish. It
    makes you wonder about a
    lot of things. Take
    chicken for example. Maybe
    they couldn't figure out
    what to make chicken taste
    like which is why chicken
    tastes like everything.
    And maybe--

    APOC
    Shut up, Mouse.

    Neo scoops up a spoonful.

    DOZER
    It's a single celled
    protein combined with
    synthetic aminos,
    vitamins, and minerals.
    Everything your body
    needs. We grow it in a
    vat.

    MOUSE
    Oh no, it doesn't have
    everything the body needs.

    He sidles up to Neo.

    MOUSE
    So I understand you've run
    through the Agent training
    program? You know, I wrote
    that program.

    APOC
    Here it comes.

    MOUSE
    So what did you think of
    her?

    NEO
    Of who?

    MOUSE
    The woman in the red
    dress. I designed her. She
    doesn't talk much but if
    you'd like to, you know,
    meet her, I could arrange
    a more personalized
    milieu.

    SWITCH
    The digital pimp hard at
    work.

    MOUSE
    Pay no attention to these
    hypocrites, Neo. To deny
    our impulses is to deny
    the very thing that makes
    us human.

    Morpheus enters.

    MORPHEUS
    I want everyone on twelve-
    hour standby. We're going
    in. I'm taking Neo to see
    her.

    With that he turns and leaves.

    NEO
    See who?

    TANK
    The Oracle.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Everyone is strapped into their
    chairs. Tank is at the operator's
    station.

    TANK
    All right, everyone please
    observe that the no
    smoking and fasten seat
    belt signs have been
    turned on. Sit back and
    enjoy your flight.

    He strikes the enter key and we rush
    clockwise over the chairs, each body
    reacting as we cut--

    INT. HOTEL LAFAYETTE - ROOM 1313

    Spinning counter clockwise around an
    old phone that rings inside the empty
    room until we spin full circle and
    find everyone now standing there.

    Morpheus answers the phone.

    MORPHEUS
    We're in.


    EXT. HOTEL LAFAYETTE - DAY

    The door opens and for the first time
    since his release, Neo steps back into
    the Matrix. He squints at the sun
    which seems unnaturally bright. He is
    the only one without sunglasses.

    Apoc and Switch remain at the door as
    the others enter the alley.

    MORPHEUS
    We should be back in an
    hour.

    Cypher opens the driver's door of an
    old car.
    As Trinity, Morpheus and Neo cross to
    the car, Cypher glances about quickly,
    then drops something inside a garbage
    can.

    It is a cellular phone and we see its
    blue display as the line connects.

    INT. CAR

    Neo sits beside Trinity in the back.
    He cannot stop staring as the simple
    images of the urban street blur past
    his window like an endless stream of
    data rushing down a computer screen.

    MORPHEUS
    Almost unbelievable, isn't
    it?

    Neo nods as the car continues to wind
    through the crowded city.

    NEO
    God...

    TRINITY
    What?

    NEO
    I used to eat there...
    Really good noodles...

    He is speaking in a whisper, almost as
    if talking to himself.

    NEO
    I have these memories,
    from my entire life but...
    none of them really
    happened.

    He turns to her.

    NEO
    What does that mean?

    TRINITY
    That the Matrix cannot
    tell you who you are.

    NEO
    But an Oracle can.

    TRINITY
    That's different.

    NEO
    Obviously.

    He turns to the window for a moment
    and then turns back.

    NEO
    Did you go to her?

    TRINITY
    Yes.

    NEO
    What did she tell you?

    TRINITY
    She told me...

    She looks at him and suddenly she is
    unable to speak or even breathe.

    NEO
    What?

    The car suddenly jerks to a stop.

    MORPHEUS
    We're here. Neo, come with
    me.

    Neo and Morpheus get out of the car.
    Cypher looks into the rearview mirror
    at Trinity.

    CYPHER
    Here we go again, eh,
    Trin?

    He smiles as she turns to the window.

    EXT. BUILDING

    Tenement-like and vast, it is the kind
    of place where people can disappear.

    INT. BUILDING

    Morpheus nods to a blind man who nods
    back. An elevator opens and Neo
    follows Morpheus inside.

    INT. ELEVATOR

    The idea of learning one's fate begins
    to weigh upon Neo with a steadily
    growing unease.

    NEO
    So is this the same oracle
    that made the, uh,
    prophecy?

    MORPHEUS
    Yes. She's very old. She's
    been with us since the
    beginning.

    NEO
    The beginning?

    MORPHEUS
    Of the Resistance.

    NEO
    And she knows what?
    Everything?

    MORPHEUS
    She would say she knows
    enough.


    NEO
    And she's never wrong.

    MORPHEUS
    Don't think of it in terms
    of right and wrong. She is
    a guide, Neo. She can help
    you find the path.

    NEO
    She helped you?

    MORPHEUS
    Yes.

    NEO
    What did she tell you?

    MORPHEUS
    That I would find the One.

    Ding. The elevator opens.

    INT. HALL

    The long dark hall beckons. Neo
    follows Morpheus out of the elevator
    and the doors rattle shut behind him.
    With every step, a disturbing sense of
    inevitability closes in around him.

    At the end of the hall, Morpheus steps
    to the side of a door.

    MORPHEUS
    I told you that I can only
    show you the door. You
    have to step through it.

    Neo blows out a breath. His hand
    reaches but stops, hovering over the
    spherical handle. He backs away.

    NEO
    Morpheus, I don't think
    this is a good idea.

    MORPHEUS
    Why?

    NEO
    I told you I don't believe
    in this stuff. No matter
    what she says I'm not
    going to believe it, so
    what's the point?

    MORPHEUS
    What do you believe in?

    NEO
    What do I believe in? Are
    you kidding me? What do
    you think? The world I
    grew up in, isn't real. My
    entire life was a lie. I
    don't believe in anything
    anymore.

    MORPHEUS
    That's why we're here.

    NEO
    Why? So I can hear some
    old lady tell me, what?
    That I'm this guy that
    everybody's been waiting
    for? That I'm supposed to
    save the world? It sounds
    insane. Unbelievable. And
    I don't care who says it,
    it's still going to sound
    insane and unbelievable.

    MORPHEUS
    Faith is not a matter of
    reasonability. I do not
    believe things with my
    mind. I believe them with
    my heart. In my gut.

    NEO
    And you believe I'm the
    One?

    MORPHEUS
    Yes I do.

    NEO
    Yeah? What about the other
    five guys? The five before
    me? What about them?

    Morpheus tries to hide his heart being
    wrenched from his chest.

    NEO
    Did you believe in them
    too?

    MORPHEUS
    I believed what the Oracle
    told me... no, I
    misunderstood what she
    told me. I believed that
    it was all about me.

    This is difficult for Morpheus to
    admit.

    MORPHEUS
    I believed that all I had
    to do was point my finger
    and anoint whoever I
    chose. I was wrong, Neo.
    Terribly wrong. Not a day
    or night passes that I do
    not think of them. After
    the fifth, I lost my way.
    I doubted everything the
    Oracle had said. I doubted
    myself.

    He looks up at Neo.

    MORPHEUS
    And then I saw you, Neo,
    and my world changed. You
    can call it an epiphany,
    you can call it whatever
    the hell you want. It
    doesn't matter. It's not
    about a word. It's about
    this. So I can't explain
    it to you. All I can do is
    believe, Neo, believe that
    one day you will feel what
    I felt and know what I
    know; you are the sixth
    and the last. You are the
    One.

    His eyes blaze.


    MORPHEUS
    Until that time all I am
    asking from you is for you
    to hold on to whatever
    respect you may have for
    me and trust me.

    Neo feels a rush from Morpheus's
    intensity, the unadulterated
    confidence of a zealot.

    NEO
    All right.

    He reaches for the handle which turns
    without him even touching it. A WOMAN
    wearing white opens the door.

    PRIESTESS (WOMAN)
    Hello, Neo. You're right
    on time.

    INT. ORACLE'S APARTMENT

    It seems particularly normal.

    PRIESTESS
    Make yourself at home,
    Morpheus.

    MORPHEUS
    Thank you.

    PRIESTESS
    Neo, come with me.

    She leads Neo down another hall and
    into what appears to be a family room.

    There is another woman in white
    sitting on a couch watching a soap
    opera. Scattered about the room are a
    half dozen children. Some of them are
    playing, others are deep in
    meditation. All of them exude a kind
    of Zen calm.

    PRIESTESS
    These are the other
    Potentials. You can wait
    here.

    Neo watches a little girl levitate
    wooden alphabet blocks. Closer to him,
    a SKINNY BOY with a shaved head holds
    a spoon which sways like a blade of
    grass.

    In front of him is a pile of spoons
    bent and twisted into knots. Neo
    crosses to him and sits. The boy
    smiles and hands Neo the spoon which
    is now perfectly straight.

    SPOON BOY
    Do not try to bend the
    spoon. That is impossible.
    Instead, only try to
    realize the truth.

    NEO
    What truth?

    SPOON BOY
    That there is no spoon.

    Neo nods, staring at the spoon.

    NEO
    There is no spoon.

    SPOON BOY
    Then you will see that it
    is not the spoon that
    bends. It is only
    yourself.

    The entire room is reflected inside
    the spoon and as Neo stares into it,
    it slowly begins to bend until--

    A hand touches his shoulder.

    PRIESTESS
    The Oracle will see you
    now.

    Spoon Boy smiles.



    INT. KITCHEN



    An OLD WOMAN is huddled beside the

    oven, peering inside through a cracked

    door.



    NEO

    Hello?



    ORACLE (OLD WOMAN)

    I know. You're Neo. Be

    right with you.



    NEO

    You're the Oracle?



    ORACLE

    Bingo. Not quite what you

    were expecting, right? I

    got to say I love seeing

    you non-believers. Always

    a pip. Almost done. Smell

    good, don't they?



    NEO

    Yeah.



    ORACLE

    I'd ask you to sit down,

    but you're not going to

    anyway. And don't worry

    about the vase.



    NEO

    What vase?



    He turns to look around and his elbow

    knocks a vase from the table. It

    breaks against the linoleum floor.



    ORACLE

    That vase.



    NEO

    @#%$, I'm sorry.



    She pulls out a tray of chocolate chip

    cookies and turns. She is an older

    woman, wearing big oven mitts,

    comfortable slacks and a print blouse.

    She looks like someone's grandma.



    ORACLE

    I said don't worry about

    it. I'll get one of my

    kids to fix it.



    NEO

    How did you know...?



    She sets the cookie tray on a wooden

    hot pad.



    ORACLE

    What's really going to

    bake your noodle later on

    is, would you still have

    broken it if I hadn't said

    anything.



    Smiling, she lights a cigarette.



    ORACLE

    You're cuter than I

    thought. I see why she

    likes you.



    NEO

    Who?



    ORACLE

    Not too bright though.



    She winks.



    ORACLE

    You know why Morpheus

    brought you to see me?



    He nods.



    ORACLE

    So? What do you think? You

    think you're the One?



    NEO

    Honestly? I don't know.



    She gestures to a wooden plaque, the

    kind every kitchen has, except that

    the words are in Latin.



    ORACLE

    You know what that means?

    It's Latin. Means, 'Know

    Thyself'. I'm gonna let

    you in on a little secret.

    Being the One is just like

    being in love. Nobody can

    tell you you're in love.

    You just know it. Through

    and through.Balls to

    bones.



    She puts her cigarette down.



    ORACLE

    Well, I better have a look

    at you. Open your mouth.

    Say 'ahh'.



    She widens his eyes, checks his ears,

    then feels the glands in his neck. She

    nods then looks at his palms.



    ORACLE

    Okay, now I'm supposed to

    say, 'Hmmm, that's

    interesting but...' Then

    you say--



    NEO

    But what?



    ORACLE

    But you already know what

    I'm going to tell you.



    NEO

    I'm not the One.



    ORACLE

    Sorry, kid. You got the

    gift but looks like you're

    waiting for something.



    NEO

    What?



    ORACLE

    Your next life, maybe. Who

    knows. That's how these

    things go.



    Neo almost has to laugh.



    ORACLE

    What's funny?



    NEO

    Morpheus. He almost had me

    convinced.



    ORACLE

    I know. Poor Morpheus.

    Without him we are lost.



    NEO

    What do you mean, without

    him?



    The Oracle takes a long drag,

    regarding Neo with the eyes of a

    Sphinx.



    ORACLE

    Are you sure you want to

    hear this?



    Neo nods.



    ORACLE

    Morpheus believes in you,

    Neo and no one, not you or

    even me can convince him

    otherwise. He believes it

    so blindly that he's going

    to sacrifice his life to

    save yours.



    NEO

    What?



    ORACLE

    You're going to have to

    make a choice. In one

    hand, you will have

    Morpheus's life. In the

    other hand, you will have

    your own. One of you is

    going to die. Which one,

    will be up to you.



    Neo can't breathe.



    ORACLE

    I'm sorry, kiddo. I really

    am. You have a good soul

    and I hate giving good

    people bad news. But don't

    worry, as soon as you walk

    outside that door, you'll

    start feeling better.

    You'll remember that you

    don't believe any of this

    fate crap. You're in

    control of your own life,

    remember?



    He tries to nod as she reaches for the

    tray of cookies.



    ORACLE

    Here, take a cookie. I

    promise by the time you're

    done eating it, you'll

    feel right as rain.



    Neo takes a cookie, the tightness in

    his chest slowly beginning to fade.



    INT. SITTING ROOM - DAY



    Morpheus rises from a couch as the

    Priestess escorts Neo out. When they

    are alone, Morpheus puts his hand on

    Neo's shoulder.



    MORPHEUS

    You don't have to tell

    anyone what she told you.

    What was said was said for

    you and you alone.



    Neo nods and takes a bite of his

    cookie.



    INT. CAR



    Neo and Morpheus get in the car.



    MORPHEUS

    Let's go.



    Cypher looks into the rearview mirror

    at Neo.



    CYPHER

    Well, good news or bad

    news?



    MORPHEUS

    Not now, Cypher.



    Cypher slaps the car in gear and pulls

    into traffic. Trinity looks at Neo who

    is staring at the final bit of cookie.

    He puts it in his mouth and chews.



    TRINITY

    Are you all right?



    NEO

    ...right as rain.



    SCENE OMITTED


    INT. ROOM 1313 - DAY

    Mouse's cellular rings.

    MOUSE
    Welcome to Movie-Phone.

    TANK (V.O.)
    They're on their way.

    EXT. CITY STREET - DAY

    As they get out of the car, Cypher
    smiles at Neo.

    CYPHER
    Like the man says, welcome
    to the real world.

    Cypher, following the others into the
    hotel, nervously glances around,
    wiping the sweat from his forehead.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Sweat rolls down Cypher's face and
    neck. At the operator's station, Tank
    is typing rapidly.

    TANK
    What is that...?

    INT. HOTEL LAFAYETTE - DAY

    Light filters down the throat of the
    building, through a caged skylight at
    the top of the open elevator shaft.
    Six figures glide up the dark stairs
    that wind around the antique elevator.

    Neo notices a black cat, a yellow-
    green eyed shadow that slinks past
    them and pads quickly down the stairs.

    A moment later, Neo sees another black
    cat that looks and moves identically
    to the first one.

    NEO
    Whoa. Deja vu.

    Those words stop the others dead in
    their tracks.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    The monitors suddenly glitch as though
    the Matrix had an electronic seizure.

    TANK
    Oh @#%$! Oh @#%$!

    INT. HOTEL LAFAYETTE - DAY

    Trinity turns around, her face tight.

    TRINITY
    What did you just say?

    NEO
    Nothing. Just had a little
    deja vu.

    TRINITY
    What happened? What did
    you see?

    NEO
    A black cat went past us
    and then I saw another
    that looked just like it.

    TRINITY
    How much like it? Was it
    the same cat?

    NEO
    It might have been. I'm
    not sure.

    Trinity looks at Morpheus who listens
    quietly to the rasping breath of the
    old building.

    NEO
    What is it?

    TRINITY
    A deja vu is usually a
    glitch in the Matrix. It
    happens when they change
    something.

    She also listens as the staccato beat
    of helicopter blades grows ominously
    loud.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Tank sees what was changed.

    TANK
    It's a trap!

    INT. STAIRCASE - DAY

    Morpheus looks up the stairs as he
    hears a helicopter.

    MORPHEUS
    Come on!

    Apoc slaps a gun in Neo's hand.

    APOC
    I hope the Oracle gave you
    some good news.

    Neo nods, stuffing it into his belt.

    INT. BASEMENT - DAY

    Heavy bolt cutters snap through the
    main phone cable.

    INT. ROOM 1313 - DAY

    Hearing the helicopter, Mouse goes to
    the draped windows as his cellular
    rings. He answers it.

    TANK (V.O.)
    They cut the hardline!
    It's a trap! Get out!

    Mouse yanks open the curtain.

    MOUSE
    Oh no.

    The windows are bricked up. Mouse
    spins as the rumble of combat boots
    builds, then explodes into the room.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Tank watches helplessly.

    TANK
    No, , no.

    INT. STAIRS - DAY

    Morpheus stops as Mouse's scream is
    drowned out by the report of machine
    gun fire.

    INT. ROOM 1313 - DAY

    Mouse sails backwards as bullets pound
    him against the blood-spattered brick
    window.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Mouse's body thrashes against its
    harness, blood coughing from his mouth
    in one final spasm, then lying
    perfectly still. The flatline alarm
    softly cries out from the life
    monitor.

    SCENE 98 OMITTED

    INT. STAIRWELL - DAY

    Flying downstairs, Morpheus stops,
    hearing police swarming below.

    INT. HALL - DAY

    He turns and rushes down the hall of
    the eighth floor. At the end of it, he
    finds the bricked up windows.

    CYPHER
    That's what they changed.
    We're trapped. There's no
    way out.

    The sound of heavy bootsteps close
    around them with the mechanical
    sureness of a vice.

    MORPHEUS
    Give me your phone.

    TRINITY
    They'll be able to track
    it.

    MORPHEUS
    We have no choice.

    Morpheus rips off his jacket.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Tank answers the call.

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    Tank, find a structural
    drawing of this building
    and find it fast.

    INT. HOTEL LAFAYETTE - DAY

    Flashlights probe the rotting darkness
    as the police search every floor.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    The diagram windows onto the screen.

    TANK
    Got it.

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    I need the main wet-wall.

    INT. ROOM 1313 - DAY

    Agent Smith stands over Mouse's dead
    body, his hand going to his earpiece.

    INT. ROOM 808 - DAY

    Morpheus is guided by Tank.

    TANK (V.O.)
    Now left and that's it in
    front of you.

    MORPHEUS
    Good.

    INT. ROOM 1313 - DAY

    Agent Smith hears the line click dead.

    AGENT SMITH
    Eighth floor. They're on
    the eighth floor.

    INT. STAIRWELL - DAY

    Agent Brown listens to his earpiece.

    INT. STAIRWELL - DAY

    Boots clatter up the marble staircase.

    INT. HALL - DAY

    Cops flood the eighth floor, rushing
    everywhere.

    INT. ROOM 808 - DAY

    Several cops sweep through the room.
    It is empty. As they pass the
    bathroom, we see a man-sized hole
    smashed through the plaster and lathe.

    INT. WALL - DAY

    They are inside the main plumbing
    wall, slowly worming their way down
    the grease black stack pipes. Above
    them, light fills the hole they made
    to get inside.

    INT. HALL - DAY

    Agent Brown and Agent Smith stand over
    Morpheus' jacket.

    AGENT BROWN
    Where are they?

    INT. ROOM 608 - DAY

    The cops search in silence, straining
    for a clue, when one hears something
    strange near the bathroom.

    INT. WALL - DAY

    Cypher has slipped and is wedged
    between the wall and several thick
    supply pipes.

    INT. ROOM 608 - DAY

    The cop leans in, his ear almost
    against the thin membrane of plaster
    separating them. He can hear whispers,
    hisses and a grunt when--

    The wall suddenly bulges, shatter-
    cracking as the Cop realizes --

    COP
    They're in the walls!

    INT. WALL - DAY

    Trinity pulls Cypher free just as the
    Cop opens fire, bullets punching
    shafts of light like swords into the
    box of soot-black space.

    Neo finds his gun first and begins
    blasting blindly through the plaster
    and lath.

    INT. ROOM 608 - DAY

    The Cop spins out of the bathroom for
    cover, Neo's bullets splintering the
    door jamb.

    About to whirl back in, he freezes as
    something seems to seize hold of him.
    The Cop's body starts to spasm and his
    M-16 falls to the ground, long shadows
    springing up from the mounted
    flashlight.

    INT. WALL - DAY

    Neo listens for a moment, the gunfire
    quiet when he hears footsteps rising
    fast.

    Two arms suddenly smash through the
    wall, punching Neo back against the
    iron stack pipe, fingers gouging into
    his neck.

    CYPHER
    It's an Agent!

    Just as Neo's throat is about to
    collapse, Morpheus explodes through
    the tattered plaster and lath, diving
    on top of Agent Smith.

    The two men crash to the wet terrazzo
    floor.

    Before Agent Smith can find his
    weapon, Morpheus is on him, pinning
    him in an iron grip.

    In the crawlspace, Trinity tries to
    scramble up past Cypher.

    TRINITY
    Morpheus!

    Morpheus squeezes Agent Smith's
    throat.

    MORPHEUS
    Trinity, you must get Neo
    out. Do you understand?
    He is all that matters.

    Neo suddenly glimpses what is
    happening but is powerless to stop it.

    NEO
    No. No! Morpheus! Don't!

    MORPHEUS
    Trinity! Go!


    Trinity's fists ball in frustration.
    She yells down to Apoc.

    TRINITY
    Go!

    NEO
    We can't leave him!

    TRINITY
    We have to!

    She grabs his ankle and they begin
    almost falling using the lath as a
    brake, skidding down the inside of the
    wall.

    INT. BASEMENT - DAY

    This part of the basement, a dark
    concrete cavern, was the main
    mechanical room. There are four
    enormous boilers, dinosaur-like
    technology that once pumped hot water
    like arteries.

    Soldiers' blinding lights cut open the
    darkness as Trinity, Neo, and the
    others crash through the ceiling.
    Around them they hear a chorus of
    short, sharp coughs of grenade
    launchers from gas-masked figures.

    Smoke blossoms from the green metal
    canisters. Trinity never stops moving.
    Searching the floor, she finds what
    she needs; the cover of the catch
    basin.

    Cypher watches her pry open the grate,
    when a gas can bounces near him.

    TRINITY
    Come on!

    Cypher seems to trip as the cloud
    envelops him.

    Trinity watches Cypher disappear into
    the smoke, then follows the others
    down the wet-black hole.

    INT. ROOM 608 - DAY

    Morpheus and Agent Smith remain on the
    ground, locked in each other's death
    grip.

    AGENT SMITH
    The great Morpheus. We
    meet at last.

    MORPHEUS
    And you are?

    AGENT SMITH
    Smith. I am Agent Smith.

    MORPHEUS
    You all look the same to
    me.

    Agent Smith counters Morpheus and
    slowly begins to pry his hands from
    his throat. Striking like a viper,
    Morpheus drives a vicious head butt
    into Agent Smith's face. His nose and
    glasses shatter.

    Agent Smith, unfazed, smiles, blood
    oozing from the shattered bridge of
    his nose and returns Morpheus'
    headbutt with three of his own in
    pneumatic succession.

    Morpheus staggers back, his body going
    slack when another kick buries him
    deep into crunching plaster and lathe.

    Morpheus turns in time to see a wall
    of men in the doorway.

    AGENT SMITH
    Take him.

    The wall of Cops rush Morpheus,
    filling the tiny bathroom until he
    disappears under the tide.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Tank reaches out to the screen as if
    reaching for Morpheus.

    TANK
    No!

    SCENE OMITTED


    EXT. STREET - DAY

    A manhole cover cracks open. Two eyes
    peek out just as a truck rattles over
    it. The thunder dopplers away and the
    cover opens. Trinity climbs out.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Tank is again at the monitors,
    searching the Matrix when the phone
    rings.

    TANK
    Operator.

    CYPHER (V.O.)
    I need an exit! Fast!

    TANK
    Cypher?

    EXT. STREET - DAY

    Cypher is standing at a public phone.
    Across the street is the burning paddy
    wagon that appears to have collided
    with an oncoming car.

    CYPHER
    There was an accident. A
    @#%$ car accident. All
    of a sudden. Boom. Jesus,
    someone up there still
    likes me.

    TANK (V.O.)
    I got you.

    CYPHER
    Just get me outta here.

    TANK (V.O.)
    Nearest exit is Franklin
    and Erie. An old T.V.
    repair shop.

    Cypher hangs up and smiles as we hear
    fire trucks in the distance.

    CYPHER
    An actor. Definitely.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    The phone rings. Tank answers.

    TRINITY (V.O.)
    Tank, it's me.

    EXT. STREET - DAY

    All four are moving quickly down a
    back street.

    NEO
    Is Morpheus alive?

    TRINITY
    Is Morpheus still alive,
    Tank?

    TANK (V.O.)
    Yes. They're moving him. I
    don't know where yet.

    TRINITY
    He's alive.

    Again, inevitability seems to cinch
    around Neo.

    TRINITY
    We need an exit!

    TANK (V.O.)
    You're not far from
    Cypher.

    TRINITY
    Cypher, I thought--

    TANK (V.O.)
    So did we. I sent him to
    Franklin and Erie.

    TRINITY
    Got it.

    EXT. T.V. REPAIR SHOP - DAY

    In a deserted alley, Cypher steps onto
    a dumpster in front of a small boarded
    up window.

    INT. T.V. REPAIR SHOP - DAY

    Dead machines, eviscerated and
    shrouded with dust lay on metal
    shelves like bodies in a morgue.
    Plywood covering a window is ripped
    off and Cypher crawls inside.

    Deep in the back room, a phone that
    has not rung in years begins to ring.

    EXT. STREET - DAY

    Trinity sees the T.V. repair shop.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Tank punches the exit command.

    TANK
    Got him.

    Cypher's body twitches in its harness,
    jerking itself awake.

    INT. T.V. REPAIR SHOP - DAY

    Neo crawls through the window that
    Cypher opened.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Tank finishes loading the exit program
    as Cypher pulls back a heavy blanket,
    exposing a high-tech rifle.

    INT. T.V. REPAIR SHOP - DAY

    The phone begins to ring as the others
    crawl in.

    SWITCH
    God, I love that sound.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Suddenly, a white bolt of lightning
    explodes against Tank's chair,
    blasting him into the air.

    Cypher checks the gun, unable to
    believe he missed.

    CYPHER
    @#%$.

    Tank is on his feet, lunging when
    Cypher fires again, square into his
    chest.

    DOZER
    No!

    INT. T.V. REPAIR SHOP - DAY

    The phone is still ringing.

    TRINITY
    You first, Neo.

    Neo answers the phone when there is a
    click. There is no signal. Nothing but
    silence.

    TRINITY
    What happened?

    NEO
    I don't know. It just went
    dead.

    Trinity listens to the dead line and
    takes out the cellular.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    The operator phone begins to ring.
    Cypher steps over the sizzling body of
    Dozer and looks at the monitor.

    INT. T.V. REPAIR SHOP - DAY

    Every unanswered ring wrings her gut a
    little tighter, until--

    CYPHER (V.O.)
    Hello, Trinity.

    TRINITY
    Cypher? Where's Tank?

    CYPHER (V.O.)
    He had an accident.

    TRINITY
    An accident?!

    INT. MAIN DECK/T.V. REPAIR SHOP
    [INTERCUT]

    He walks over to Trinity's body,
    staring down at it hanging in its coma-
    like stillness.

    CYPHER
    You know, for a long time,
    I thought I was in love
    with you, Trinity. I used
    to dream about you...

    He nuzzles his face against hers,
    feeling the softness of it.

    CYPHER
    You are a beautiful woman.
    Too bad things had to work
    out like this.

    TRINITY
    You killed them.

    APOC
    What?!

    SWITCH
    Oh, God.

    Wearing Tank's operator headgear,
    Cypher moves among the silent bodies.

    CYPHER
    I'm tired, Trinity. I'm
    tired of this war, I'm
    tired of fighting. I'm
    tired of this ship, of
    being cold, of eating the
    same @#%$ goop every
    day. But most of all, I'm
    tired of this jagoff and
    all of his bull@#%$.

    Cypher leans over, talking to
    Morpheus.

    CYPHER
    Surprise, @#%$. Bet you
    never saw this coming, did
    you? God, I wish I could
    be there when they break
    you. I wish I could walk
    in just as it happens, so
    right then, you'd know it
    was me.

    TRINITY
    My God. Morpheus. You gave
    them Morpheus.

    CYPHER
    He lied to us, Trinity! He
    tricked us! If he would've
    told us the truth, we
    would've told him to shove
    that red pill up his ass!

    TRINITY
    That's not true, Cypher.
    He set us free.

    CYPHER
    Free? You call this free?
    All I do is what he tells
    me to do. If I have to
    choose between that and
    the Matrix, I choose the
    Matrix.

    TRINITY
    The Matrix isn't real!

    CYPHER
    Oh, I disagree, Trinity.
    I disagree. I think the
    Matrix can be more real
    than this world. I mean,
    all I do is pull a plug
    here. But there, you have
    to watch Apoc die.

    She looks up at Apoc, her face going
    white.

    APOC
    Trinity?


    He grabs hold of the cable in Apoc's
    neck, twists it and yanks it out.

    CYPHER
    Welcome to the real world,
    eh baby?

    Apoc seems to go blind for an instant,
    a scream caught in his throat, his
    hands reaching for nothing, and then
    falls dead.

    SWITCH
    No!

    TRINITY
    But you're out, Cypher.
    You can't go back.

    CYPHER
    That's what you think.
    They've promised to take
    me back. They're going to
    reinsert my body. I'll go
    back to sleep and when I
    wake up, I'll be fat and
    rich and I won't remember
    a @#%$ed thing. It's
    the American dream.

    He laughs, his hand sliding around the
    neck of Switch as he takes hold of her
    plug.

    CYPHER
    By the way, if you have
    anything terribly
    important to say to
    Switch, I suggest you say
    it now.

    TRINITY
    Oh no, please don't.

    Trinity's eyes find Switch and she
    knows she's next.

    SWITCH
    Not like this. Not like
    this.

    She suddenly feels her body severed
    from her mind as she is murdered.

    CYPHER
    Too late.

    TRINITY
    @#%$ you, Cypher!

    CYPHER
    Don't hate me, Trinity.
    I'm just the messenger.
    And right now I'm going to
    prove it to you.

    He stands over Neo.

    CYPHER
    If Morpheus was right,
    then there's no way I can
    pull this plug, is there?

    She turns to Neo, eyes wide with fear
    and he knows he is next.

    CYPHER
    If Neo is the One, then in
    the next few seconds there
    has to be some kind of
    miracle to stop me. Right?
    How can he be the One if
    he's dead?

    He takes hold of the cord.

    CYPHER
    You never did answer me,
    Trinity, when I asked you
    before. Did you buy
    Morpheus' bull@#%$? Come
    on. You can tell me, did
    you? All I want is a
    little yes or no. Look
    into his eyes, Trinity,
    those big pretty eyes and
    tell me the truth. Yes or
    no.

    Trinity stares at Neo as a single word
    falls soundlessly from her lips.

    TRINITY
    ...yes.

    CYPHER
    No!

    Charred and bloody, Tank levels the
    gun.

    CYPHER
    I don't believe it!

    TANK
    Believe it or not, you
    piece of @#%$, you're
    still going to burn.

    He fires a crackling bolt of lightning
    that knocks Cypher flying backwards.

    SCENE OMITTED

    INT. T.V. REPAIR SHOP - DAY

    Trinity throws her arms around Neo and
    for a moment they are alone and alive
    until the phone rings.

    NEO
    Go. You first this time.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Trinity's eyes snap open, a sense of
    relief surging through her at the
    sight of the ship. As Tank unplugs
    her, she sees his charred wounds.

    TRINITY
    Tank, you're hurt.

    TANK
    I'll be all right.

    TRINITY
    Dozer?

    Tank's face tightens and she takes him
    into her arms.


    EXT. GOVERNMENT BUILDING - DAY

    A government highrise in the middle of
    downtown where a military helicopter
    sets down on the roof.

    Agent Jones gets out of the
    helicopter, flanked by columns of
    Marines. They open the roof access
    door and enter the top floor
    maintenance level of the building.

    INT. EXECUTIVE OFFICE - DAY

    Agent Smith stands, staring out the
    windows at the city below shimmering
    with brilliant sunlight.

    AGENT SMITH
    Have you ever stood and
    stared at it, Morpheus?
    Marveled at its beauty.
    Its genius. Billions of
    people just living out
    their lives... oblivious.

    Morpheus is handcuffed to a chair,
    stripped to the waist. He is
    alternately shivering and sweating,
    wired to various monitors with white
    disk electrodes. Beside him, Agent
    Brown sucks a serum from a glass vial,
    filling a hypodermic needle.

    AGENT SMITH
    Did you know that the
    first Matrix was designed
    to be a perfect human
    world? Where none suffered,
    where everyone would be
    happy. It was a disaster.
    No one would accept the
    program. Entire crops
    were lost.

    Agent Brown jams the needle into
    Morpheus' shoulder and plunges down.

    AGENT SMITH
    Some believed we lacked
    the programming language
    to describe your perfect
    world. But I believe that,
    as a species, human beings
    define their reality
    through suffering and
    misery.

    Agent Brown studies the screens as the
    life signs react violently to the
    injection.

    AGENT SMITH
    The perfect world was a
    dream that your primitive
    cerebrum kept trying to
    wake up from. Which is
    why the Matrix was
    redesigned to this: the
    peak of your civilization.

    He turns from the window.

    AGENT SMITH
    I say 'your civilization'
    because as soon as we
    started thinking for you,
    it really became our
    civilization, which is, of
    course, what this is all
    about.

    He sits down directly in front of
    Morpheus.

    AGENT SMITH
    Evolution, Morpheus.
    Evolution.

    He lifts Morpheus' head.

    AGENT SMITH
    Like the dinosaur. Look
    out that window. You had
    your time.

    Morpheus stares hard at him, trying
    not to show the pain racking his mind.

    AGENT SMITH
    The future is our world,
    Morpheus. The future is
    our time.

    Agent Smith looks at Agent Brown.

    AGENT SMITH
    Double the dosage.

    Agent Jones suddenly enters.

    AGENT JONES
    There could be a problem.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Tank drapes a sheet over his dead
    brother. The other bodies are covered.

    Neo looks at Morpheus whose body is
    covered with a cold sweat.

    NEO
    What are they doing to
    him?

    TANK
    They're breaking into his
    mind. It's like hacking a
    computer. All it takes is
    time.

    NEO
    How much time?

    TANK
    Depends on the mind. But
    eventually, it will crack
    and his alpha pattern will
    change from this to this.

    Tank punches several commands on
    Morpheus's personal unit.
    The monitor waves change from a
    chaotic pattern to an ordered
    symmetrical one.

    TANK
    When it does, Morpheus
    will tell them anything
    they want to know.

    NEO
    What do they want?

    TANK
    The leader of every ship
    is given the codes to
    Zion's mainframe computer.
    If an Agent had those
    codes and got inside
    Zion's mainframe, they
    could destroy us.

    He looks up at Trinity who is pacing
    relentlessly.

    TANK
    We can't let that happen,
    Trinity. Zion is more
    important than me. Or you
    or even Morpheus.

    Trinity sees Cypher's dead body. Rage
    overtakes her and she kicks him.

    TRINITY
    @#%$it! @#%$it!

    NEO
    There has to be something
    that we can do.

    TANK
    There is. We have to pull
    the plug.

    TRINITY
    You're going to kill him?
    Kill Morpheus?!

    TANK
    Trinity, we don't have any
    other choice.

    INT. GOVERNMENT BUILDING

    Morpheus is fighting to hold his mind
    together. The Agents stand over him.

    AGENT SMITH
    Never send a human to do a
    machine's job.

    AGENT BROWN
    If, indeed, the insider
    has failed, they will
    sever the connection as
    soon as possible, unless--

    AGENT JONES
    They are dead. In either
    case--

    AGENT SMITH
    We have no choice but to
    continue as planned.
    Deploy the sentinels.
    Immediately.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Tank kneels beside Morpheus' body.

    Neo suddenly sees it perfectly clear,
    fate rushing at him like an oncoming
    train.

    TANK
    Morpheus, you were more
    than our leader. You
    were... our father. We
    will miss you, always.

    Trinity can't bear to watch. As she
    closes her eyes, her tears slip free.

    Tank closes his eyes and takes hold of
    the plug.

    Neo is paralyzed, his whole life is
    suddenly suspended by the finality of
    this moment hurling at him with the
    speed of a bullet.

    NEO
    Stop!

    They both look at him.

    NEO
    @#%$it! I don't believe
    this is happening!

    TANK
    Neo, this has to be done!

    NEO
    Does it? I don't know.
    This can't be just
    coincidence. It can't be!
    Can it?

    TANK
    What are you talking
    about?

    NEO
    The Oracle. She told me
    this would happen. She
    told me...

    Neo stops, his stare fixed on
    Morpheus.

    NEO
    That I would have to make
    a choice...

    TRINITY
    What choice?

    He makes his choice. Turning, he walks
    to his chair.

    TRINITY
    What are you doing?

    NEO
    I'm going in.

    TRINITY
    You can't!

    NEO
    I have to.

    TRINITY
    Morpheus sacrificed
    himself so we could get
    you out! There's no way
    you're going back in!

    NEO
    Morpheus did what he did
    because he believed that
    I'm something I'm not.

    TRINITY
    What?

    NEO
    I'm not the One, Trinity.
    The Oracle hit me with
    that too.

    Trinity is stunned.

    TRINITY
    No, you... have to be.

    NEO
    I'm sorry, I'm not. I'm
    just another guy. Morpheus
    is the one that matters.

    TRINITY
    No, Neo. That's not true.
    It can't be true.

    NEO
    Why?

    TRINITY
    Because...

    Uncertainty swallows her words and she
    is unable to tell him what she wants
    to.

    TANK
    Neo, this is loco. They've
    got Morpheus in a military-
    controlled building. Even
    if you somehow got inside,
    those are Agents holding
    him. Three of them! I want
    Morpheus back, too, but
    what you are talking about
    is suicide.

    NEO
    I know that's what it
    looks like, but it's not.
    I can't logically explain
    to you why it's not.
    Morpheus believed
    something and he was ready
    to give his life for what
    he believed. I understand
    that now. That's why I
    have to go.

    TANK
    Why?

    NEO
    Because I believe in
    something.

    TRINITY
    What?

    NEO
    I believe I can bring him
    back.

    Trinity stares at him, hovering on the
    edge that he just jumped off. Her jaw
    sets and she starts climbing into the
    chair beside him.

    NEO
    What are you doing?

    TRINITY
    I'm coming with you.

    NEO
    No, you're not.

    TRINITY
    No? Let me tell you what I
    believe. I believe
    Morpheus means more to me
    than he does to you.
    I believe that if you are
    serious about saving him
    then you are going to need
    my help and since I am the
    ranking officer on this
    ship, if you don't like it
    then I believe that you
    can go to hell, because
    you aren't going anywhere
    else.

    There is nothing more to say except--

    TRINITY
    Tank, load us up.

    INT. EXECUTIVE OFFICE - DAY

    Agent Smith sits casually across from
    Morpheus who is hunched over, his body
    leaking and twitching.

    AGENT SMITH
    I'd like to share a
    revelation that I've had
    during my time here. It
    came to me when I tried to
    classify your species.
    I've realized that you are
    not actually mammals.

    The life signs continue their chaotic
    patterns.

    AGENT SMITH
    Every mammal on this
    planet instinctively
    develops a natural
    equilibrium with the
    surrounding environment.
    But you humans do not. You
    move to an area and you
    multiply and multiply
    until every natural
    resource is consumed and
    the only way you can
    survive is to spread to
    another area.

    He leans forward.

    AGENT SMITH
    There is another organism
    on this planet that
    follows the same pattern.
    Do you know what it is? A
    virus.

    He smiles.

    AGENT SMITH
    Human beings are a
    disease, a cancer of this
    planet. You are a plague.
    And we are... the cure.

    INT. CONSTRUCT

    Neo and Trinity stand in the white
    space of the construct as he answers
    his ringing cell phone.

    TANK (V.O.)
    Okay. What do you need?
    Besides a miracle...

    NEO
    Guns. Lots of guns.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Neo and Trinity's bodies hang
    motionless in their drive chairs as
    Tank hits load.

    INT. CONSTRUCT

    Racks of weapons appear and they begin
    to arm themselves.

    TRINITY
    No one has ever done
    anything like this.

    NEO
    Yeah?

    He snap @#%$s an Uzi.

    NEO
    That's why it's going to
    work.

    INT. EXECUTIVE OFFICE - DAY

    Agent Smith is again at the window.

    AGENT SMITH
    Why isn't the serum
    working?

    AGENT BROWN
    Perhaps we are asking the
    wrong questions.

    Agent Smith hides his knotting fist.
    He is becoming angry. It is something
    that isn't supposed to happen to
    Agents.

    AGENT SMITH
    Leave me with him.

    Agents Brown and Jones look at each
    other.

    AGENT SMITH
    Now!

    They leave and Agent Smith sits beside
    Morpheus.

    AGENT SMITH
    Can you hear me, Morpheus?
    I'm going to be honest
    with you.

    He removes his earphone, letting it
    dangle over his shoulder.

    AGENT SMITH
    I hate this place. This
    zoo. This prison. This
    reality, whatever you want
    to call it, I can't stand
    it any longer.

    AGENT SMITH
    It's the smell, if there
    is such a thing. I feel
    saturated by it. I can
    taste your stink and every
    time I do, I fear that
    I've somehow been infected
    by it.

    He wipes sweat from Morpheus'
    forehead, coating the tips of his
    fingers, holding them to Morpheus'
    nose.

    AGENT SMITH
    Repulsive, isn't it?

    He lifts Morpheus' head, holding it
    tightly with both hands.

    AGENT SMITH
    I must get out of here, I
    must get free. In this
    mind is the key. My key.

    Morpheus sneers through his pain.

    AGENT SMITH
    Once Zion is destroyed,
    there is no need for me to
    be here. Do you
    understand? I need the
    codes. I have to get
    inside Zion. You have to
    tell me how.

    He begins squeezing, his fingers
    gouging into his flesh.

    AGENT SMITH
    You are going to tell me
    or you are going to die.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Tank sits down beside Morpheus whose
    face is ashen like someone near death.
    He takes hold of his hand.

    TANK
    Hold on, Morpheus. They're
    coming for you. They're
    coming.

    EXT. GOVERNMENT BUILDING - DAY

    A dark wind blows.

    INT. GOVERNMENT BUILDING - DAY

    In long black coats, Trinity and Neo
    push through the revolving doors.

    Neo is carrying a duffel bag. Trinity
    has a large metal suitcase. They cut
    across the lobby to the security
    station, drawing nervous glances.

    Dark glasses, game faces.

    Neo calmly passes through the metal
    detector which begins to wail
    immediately. A security guard moves
    over toward Neo, raising his metal
    detection wand.

    GUARD
    Would you please remove
    any metallic items you are
    carrying: keys, loose
    change--

    Neo slowly sets down his duffel bag
    and throws open his coat, revealing an
    arsenal of guns, knives, and grenades
    slung from a climbing harness.

    GUARD
    Holy @#%$--

    Neo is a blur of motion. In a split
    second, three guards are dead before
    they hit the ground.

    A fourth guard dives for cover,
    clutching his radio.

    GUARD 4
    Backup! Send in the
    backup!

    He looks up as Trinity sets off the
    metal detector. It is the last thing
    he sees.

    The backup arrives. A wave of soldiers
    blocking the elevators. The concrete
    cavern of the lobby becomes a white
    noise roar of gunfire. Slate walls and
    pillars pock, crack, and crater under
    a hail swarm of explosive tipped
    bullets.

    They are met by the quivering spit of
    a subhandmachine gun and the razored
    whistle of throwing knives.
    Weapons like extensions of their
    bodies, are used with the same deadly
    precision as their feet and their
    fists.

    Bodies slump down to the marbled floor
    while Neo and Trinity hardly even
    break their stride.


    INT. EXECUTIVE OFFICE

    Agents Jones and Brown burst into the
    room. Agent Smith releases Morpheus.

    AGENT BROWN
    What were you doing?

    Agent Smith recovers, replacing his
    ear-piece.

    AGENT JONES
    You don't know.

    AGENT SMITH
    Know what?

    Agent Smith listens to his earphone,
    not believing what he is hearing.

    INT. ELEVATORS - DAY

    They get in. Trinity immediately drops
    and opens the suitcase, wiring a
    plastique and napalm bomb.

    Neo hits the emergency stop. He pulls
    down part of the false ceiling and
    finds the elevator shaft access panel.

    INT. EXECUTIVE OFFICE - DAY

    Agent Jones looks at Morpheus.

    AGENT JONES
    I think they're trying to
    save him.

    INT. ELEVATOR SHAFT - DAY

    Neo ratchets down a clamp onto the
    elevator cable. Both of them lock on.
    He looks up the long, dark throat of
    the building and takes a deep breath.

    NEO
    There is no spoon.

    Neo whips out his gun and presses it
    to the cable, lower than they attached
    themselves.

    BOOM! The cable snaps.

    The counter-weights plummet, yanking
    Trinity and Neo up through the shaft
    as the elevator falls away beneath
    them, distending space, filling it
    with the sound of whistling metal as
    they sear to the top.

    INT. LOBBY - DAY

    The elevator hits the bottom.

    BA-BOOM!

    The massive explosion blows open the
    doors, fire clouds engulfing the
    elevator section of the lobby.

    INT. EXECUTIVE OFFICE - DAY

    The Agents hear the blast of fire
    alarms.

    AGENT JONES
    Lower level--

    AGENT BROWN
    They are actually
    attacking.

    Another enormous explosion thunders
    above them, shaking the building. The
    alarm sounds, emergency sprinklers
    begin showering the room.

    Agent Smith smashes a table.

    AGENT SMITH
    Find them and destroy
    them!

    Agent Jones nods and touches his ear-
    piece.

    EXT. ROOF - DAY

    The roof-access tower is now engulfed
    in flames as Neo and Trinity stand
    amongst a pile of their fallen
    enemies.

    Across the roof, the pilot inside the
    army helicopter watches the last of
    their ferocious onslaught.

    PILOT
    I repeat, we are under
    attack!

    Suddenly his face, his whole body
    dissolves, consumed by spreading
    locust-like swarm of static as Agent
    Jones emerges.

    Just as she drops the final Marine,
    Trinity sees what's coming. Neo sees
    her, the fear in her face, and he
    knows what is behind him.

    Screaming, he whirls, guns filling his
    hands with thought-speed.

    Fingers pumping, shells ejecting,
    dancing up and away, we look through
    the sights and gunsmoke at the Agent
    blurred with motion--

    Until the hammers click against the
    empty metal.

    NEO
    Trinity!

    Agent Jones charges.

    NEO
    ...help.

    His gun booms as we enter the liquid
    space of--

    Bullet-time.

    The air sizzles with wads of lead like
    angry flies as Neo twists, bends,
    ducks just between them.

    Agent Jones still running, narrows the
    gap, the bullets coming faster until
    Neo bent impossibly back, one hand on
    the ground as a spiraling gray ball
    shears open his shoulder.

    He starts to scream as another digs a
    red groove across his thigh. He has
    only time to look up, to see Agent
    Jones standing over him, raising his
    gun a final time.

    AGENT JONES
    Only human...

    Suddenly Agent Jones stops. He hears a
    sharp metal click.

    Immediately, he whirls around and
    turns straight into the muzzle of
    Trinity's .45--

    Jammed tight to his head.

    TRINITY
    Dodge this!

    BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! The body flies back
    with a flash of mercurial light and
    when it hits the ground, it is the
    pilot.
    Trinity helps Neo up.

    TRINITY
    Neo, how did you do that?

    NEO
    Do what?

    TRINITY
    You moved like they moved.
    I've never seen anyone
    move that fast.

    NEO
    It wasn't fast enough.

    He checks his shoulder wound.

    TRINITY
    Are you all right?

    NEO
    I'm fine. Come on, we have
    to keep moving.

    Neo sees the helicopter.

    NEO
    Can you fly that thing?

    TRINITY
    Not yet.

    She pulls out the cellular phone.

    INT. HOVERCRAFT

    Tank is back at the controls.

    TANK
    Operator.

    TRINITY (V.O.)
    Tank, I need a pilot
    program for a military B-
    212 helicopter.

    Tank is immediately searching the disk
    drawers.

    TRINITY (V.O.)
    Hurry!

    His fingers flash over the gleaming
    laser disks finding one that he feeds
    into Trinity's Supplement Drive
    punching the ìloadî commands on her
    keyboard.

    EXT. ROOF - DAY

    Trinity's eyes flutter as information
    surges into her brain, all the
    essentials of flying a helicopter
    absorbed at light-speed.

    TRINITY
    Let's go.

    SCENE OMITTED

    INT. EXECUTIVE OFFICE - DAY

    Agent Jones throws open the door and
    enters, walking through the puddles
    pooling in the carpet. Over the
    rushing water and the alarms, Agent
    Smith hears a sound and understands
    the seriousness of the attack.

    He turns to the wall of windows as the
    helicopter drops into view--

    Neo is in the back bay, aiming the
    mounted .50 machine gun.

    AGENT SMITH
    No.

    The gun jumps and bullets explode
    through the window in a cacophony of
    crashing glass as the Agents go for
    their weapons.

    But Neo is too close, the .50 caliber
    too fast and bullets are everywhere,
    perforating the room.

    Agent Jones is hit first, his body
    jack-knifing back, blood arcing out
    with a sudden flash of light--

    Then Agent Brown, his gun still firing
    as his body falls. And finally Agent
    Smith.

    Neo stares at Morpheus, trying to will
    him into action.

    NEO
    Get up, Morpheus! Get up!

    Neo grabs the climbing rope and
    attaches one end to his harness.

    INT. HALL - DAY

    Just outside the executive office,
    three Marines blister with snow-
    static.

    INT. EXECUTIVE OFFICE - DAY

    Slowly, Morpheus lifts his face into
    the room's rain. When he finally opens
    his eyes, they are again dark and
    flashing with fire.

    He rises from the chair, snapping his
    handcuffs just as the Agents enter the
    adjoining room. Agent Smith stops and
    sees Morpheus run past the open door.

    AGENT SMITH
    Nooo!

    He fires sweeping across the
    sheetrocked wall in a perfect line.

    For an instant, we see the bullets
    shred, puncturing the wall, searing
    through the wet air with jet trails of
    chalk.

    And as Morpheus starts his dive for
    the window, a bullet buries itself in
    his leg, knocking him off balance.

    NEO
    He won't make it.

    Morpheus lunges, out of control--

    As Neo spins, every move a whip crack,
    snapping the other rope-end on to a
    bolted bar as--

    Morpheus begins to fall, when Neo
    hurls himself into the wide blue empty
    space, flying for a moment.

    The rope snaking out behind him; an
    umbilical cord attached to a machine.

    As their two bodies, set in motion,
    rushing at each other on a seemingly
    magnetic course until they collide.

    Almost bouncing free of each other,
    arms, legs scrambling, hands searching
    in furious desperation, finding hold
    and clinging.

    Until the line ends, snapping taut,
    cracking their fragile embrace.
    Morpheus tumbles, legs flipping over,
    falling down--

    The ground deliriously distant as Neo
    snatches hold of his mentor's still
    handcuffed wrist.

    NEO
    Gotcha!

    EXT. GOVERNMENT BUILDING - DAY

    Trinity pulls the copter up and away
    as Agent Smith stands in the shattered
    window, aiming his gun out through the
    curtain of rain.

    Ponk. Ponk. Ponk. The rear hull is
    punched full of holes and smoke and
    oil pour out like black blood.

    TRINITY
    @#%$-@#%$-no!

    Neo hears the helicopter begin to die.

    NEO
    Uh oh--


    Trinity throws the helicopter towards
    the roof of the nearest building.

    Morpheus and Neo cling to one another
    as they and the machine above them
    begin to fall.

    The engine grinds, the chopping blades
    start to slow while--

    Trinity guides the parabolic fall over
    the nearest roof where--

    Neo and Morpheus drop safely, rolling
    free as the rope goes slack. Neo gets
    to his feet, trying to detach himself
    but--

    The helicopter is falling too fast,
    arcing over the roof like a setting
    sun--

    The coils of slack snap taut, yanking
    Neo off his feet, dragging him with
    ferocious speed towards the edge even
    as--

    Trinity lunges for the back door, her
    gun in one hand, grabbing for the rope
    with the other--

    Neo flies like a skipping stone,
    hurtling at the parapet, when his feet
    hit the rain gutter and he levers up
    just as--

    Trinity fires, severing the cord from
    the helicopter, falling free of it as
    it smashes, blades first into a glass
    skyscraper.

    Holding onto the rope as she swings,
    connected to Neo, who stands on the
    buildingís edge watching her arc
    beneath him as the helicopter explodes-

    She bounces against a shatterproof
    window that spider-cracks out while
    flames erupt behind her.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Tank stares at the screen, his mouth
    agape.

    TANK
    I knew it! Heís the One.

    SCENE OMITTED

    EXT. ROOFTOP - DAY

    Neo pulls Trinity up into his arms.
    Both shaking, they hold each other
    again.

    MORPHEUS
    Do you believe it now,
    Trinity?

    Trinity looks at Neo.

    NEO
    Morpheus, the Oracle...
    she told me--

    MORPHEUS
    She told you exactly what
    you needed to hear. Thatís
    all. Sooner or later, Neo,
    youíre going to realize
    just like I did the
    difference between knowing
    a path and walking a path.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    The phone rings.

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    Tank.

    TANK
    @#%$! Itís good to hear
    your voice, sir!

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    We need an exit.

    TANK
    Got one ready, sir.
    Subway. State and Balbo.

    MORPHEUS (V.O.)
    Weíre on our way--

    EXT. ROOFTOP - DAY

    We rush at the roof access door as it
    suddenly slams open and the three
    Agents charge out. But Neo, Trinity
    and Morpheus are already gone.

    AGENT SMITH
    Damnit!

    AGENT BROWN
    The trace was completed.

    AGENT JONES
    We have their position.

    AGENT BROWN
    Sentinels are standing by.

    AGENT JONES
    Order the strike.

    Agent Smith canít stand listening to
    them. He moves to the edge of the
    building, looking out at the
    surrounding city.

    AGENT SMITH
    Theyíre not out yet.

    INT. SUBWAY STATION - DAY

    An old man sits hunched in the far
    corner of the station, shadows
    gathered around him like blankets.
    Mumbling, he nurses from a bottle of
    Thunderbird when--

    A phone begins to ring.

    Neo leads Trinity and Morpheus
    bounding over a set of turnstiles
    towards the ringing phone inside a
    graffiti- covered booth.

    NEO
    Let's go! You first,
    Morpheus.

    Morpheus gets in and answers the
    phone.

    Lost in the shadow, the Old Man
    watches as Morpheus disappears, the
    phone dropping, dangling by its cord.
    His eyes grow wide, glowing white in
    the dark.

    EXT. ROOFTOP - DAY

    Agent Smith stares, his face twisted
    with hate. He will never be free of
    the Matrix.

    He starts to turn from the edge of the
    building when he suddenly hears it,
    his head whipping back around, staring-

    INT. SUBWAY - DAY

    Through the Old Man's eyes as the
    world begins to rumble.

    Trinity hangs up the phone,then turns
    to Neo.

    The rumble grows, the ground beginning
    to shake.

    TRINITY
    Neo, I want to tell you
    something... but I'm
    afraid of what it could
    mean if I do.

    Behind her, the phone begins to ring.

    TRINITY
    Everything the Oracle told
    me, has come true,
    everything but this...

    NEO
    But what?

    The rumble rises, drowning her voice.
    Neo is drawn towards her, their lips
    close enough to kiss when a train
    blasts into the station.

    For a moment, they are frozen by the
    strobing lights of the train until
    Trinity turns, unable to say what she
    wants to say.

    The phone rings once more before she
    lifts the receiver when, in the
    darkness of the far corner, Neo sees
    the old man in the flashing train-
    light as he becomes--

    Agent Smith, raising a fistful of
    black gun-metal.

    NEO
    No!

    The gun fires, the bullet flying at
    her, bursting through the plastic
    window just as Trinity disappears.

    The handset hanging in the air as the
    bullet hits, shattering the ear-piece.

    INT. HOVERCRAFT

    Trinity blinks, shivering as her
    conscious exits the Construct.

    TRINITY
    Neo!

    TANK
    What the hell just
    happened?

    TRINITY
    An Agent! You have to send
    me back!

    TANK
    I can't!

    INT. SUBWAY STATION - DAY

    The destroyed phone dangles in the
    empty booth. Neo turns to Agent Smith
    whose gun stares at him like a third
    eye.

    AGENT SMITH
    Mr. Anderson.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Morpheus and Trinity stand behind Tank
    riveted to the scrolling code.

    TRINITY
    Run, Neo. Run.

    INT. SUBWAY STATION - DAY

    Neo looks at the dead escalator that
    rises up behind him. Slowly he turns
    back and in his eyes we see something
    different, something fixed and hard
    like a gunfighter's resolve.

    There is no past or future in these
    eyes. There is only what is.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Trinity is unable to understand.

    TRINITY
    What is he doing?

    MORPHEUS
    He's beginning to believe.

    INT. SUBWAY STATION - DAY

    Neo whip-draws his gun flashpoint
    speed of lightning as--

    Smith opens fire.

    Gun report thunders through the
    underground, both men blasting, moving
    at impossible speed.

    For a blinking moment we enter Bullet-
    time.

    Gun flash tongues curl from Neo's gun,
    bullets float forward like a plane
    moving across the sky, cartridges
    cartwheel into space.

    An instant later they are nearly on
    top of each other, rolling up out of a
    move that is almost a mirrored
    reflection of the other--

    Each jamming their gun tight to the
    other's head.

    They freeze in a kind of embrace; Neo
    sweating, panting, Agent Smith machine-
    calm. Agent Smith smiles.

    AGENT SMITH
    You're empty.

    Neo pulls the trigger. Click.

    NEO
    So are you.

    The smile falls. Agent Smith yanks his
    trigger.

    CLICK.

    Agent Smith's face warps with rage and
    he attacks, fists flying at furious
    speed, blows and counters, Neo
    retreating as--

    A knife-hand opens his forearm, and a
    kick sends him slamming back against a
    steel column. Stunned, he ducks just
    under a punch that crunches into the
    beam, steel chunks exploding like
    shrapnel.

    Behind him, Neo leaps into the air,
    delivering a neck-snapping reverse
    round-house. Agent Smith's glasses fly
    off and he glares at Neo; his eyes ice
    blue.

    AGENT SMITH
    I'm going to enjoy
    watching you die, Mr.
    Anderson.

    Agent Smith attacks with unrelenting
    fury, fists pounding Neo like
    jackhammers.

    INT. HOVERCRAFT

    Trinity watches Neo as his body jerks,
    mouth coughing blood, his life signs
    going wild.

    TRINITY
    Jesus, he's killing him!


    INT. SUBWAY STATION - DAY

    Agent Smith grabs hold of him, lifting
    him into the air, hurling him against
    the curved wall of the train tunnel,
    where he falls inches from the
    electrified third-rail.

    The Agent is about to jump down and
    press his attack when he hears
    something.
    From deep in the tunnel, like an
    animal cry; a burst of high-speed
    metal grinding against metal.

    The sound of an on-coming train.

    Neo tries to get up. Agent Smith jumps
    down onto the tracks and drop-kicks
    him in the face. The world again
    begins to shake, rumbling as the train
    nears.

    AGENT SMITH
    Do you hear that, Mr.
    Anderson?

    Agent Smith grabs Neo in a choke-hold
    forcing him to look down the tracks,
    the train's headlight burning a hole
    in the darkness.

    AGENT SMITH
    That is the sound of
    inevitability.

    Neo sees it coming and he starts to
    fight.

    AGENT SMITH
    It is the sound of your
    death.

    There is another metal screech, much
    louder, closer, as Agent Smith
    tightens his hold. Neo is unable to
    breathe.

    AGENT SMITH
    Good-bye, Mr. Anderson.

    The train roars at them, swallowing
    Agent Smith's words. The veins bulge
    in Neo's head, as he grits through the
    pain.

    He is not ready to die.

    NEO
    My name is Neo.

    Impossibly, he hurls himself straight
    up, smashing Smith against the
    concrete ceiling of the tunnel.

    They fall as the sound and fury of the
    train explodes into the station. Neo
    backflips up off the tracks just as-

    The train barrels over Agent Smith.

    Neo stands, knees shaking, when the
    train slams on its emergency brake.
    With an ear-splitting shriek of
    tortured rails, the train slows, part
    of it still in the station.

    Neo turns, limping, starting to run,
    racing for the escalator--

    As the train comes to a stop and the
    doors of the last car open; Agent
    Smith bursts out in furious pursuit,
    his glasses again intact.



    INT. HOVERCRAFT

    Tank searches the Matrix.

    TRINITY
    What just happened?

    TANK
    I don't know. I lost him.

    MORPHEUS
    He's on the run--

    Suddenly, a siren sounds.

    TANK
    Oh @#%$!

    Morpheus bolts to the ladder.

    INT. @#%$PIT

    Morpheus climbs into the @#%$pit. On
    the hologram radar, he sees the
    Sentinels.

    TRINITY
    Oh no.

    Trinity is behind him.

    TRINITY
    How long?

    MORPHEUS
    Five minutes. Maybe six.

    Morpheus lifts the headset.

    MORPHEUS
    Tank, charge the E.M.P.

    TANK (V.O.)
    Yes, sir.

    TRINITY
    You can't use that until
    Neo is out!

    MORPHEUS
    I know, Trinity. Don't
    worry. He's going to make
    it.

    EXT. CITY STREET - DAY

    A BUSINESSMAN walks along the
    sidewalk, wheeling and dealing into
    his cell phone when it disappears,
    snatched by Neo as he flashes by.

    MAN
    What the @#%$-- My phone!

    The man turns to call for help and
    when he turns back, it is Agent Smith.

    Neo is in a full out sprint, spinning
    and weaving away from every
    pedestrian, every potential Agent. He
    flips open the cell phone and dials
    long distance.

    INT. HOVERCRAFT

    Tank answers.

    TANK
    Operator.

    NEO (V.O.)
    Mr. Wizard, get me the
    hell out of here!

    EXT. CITY STREET - DAY

    Neo dives down an alley, Agent Smith
    starting to gain.

    NEO
    Hurry, Tank! I got some
    serious pursuit!

    INT. HOVERCRAFT

    The keyboard clicking, Tank searches
    for an exit. Trinity screams into the
    headset.

    TRINITY
    Neo, you better get your
    ass back here!

    EXT. ALLEY

    Agent Smith stops and takes aim.

    NEO
    I'm trying, Trinity. I'm
    trying.

    A bullet shatters the image of Neo in
    a truck's rearview mirror.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Tank speed-reads the reams of Matrix
    code.

    TANK
    I got a patch on an old
    exit. Wabash and Lake. A
    hotel. Room 303.

    SCENE 189 OMITTED

    EXT. OPEN MARKET

    Neo spins away, turning and finds
    himself in an open market that teems
    with people.

    He kamikazes his way down the little
    avenues lined with vendors and shops,
    careening through the labyrinth, out
    of control. And at every turn there is
    an Agent;
    appearing from crowds, behind fish
    counters, tent flaps, and crates.

    SCENE 191 OMITTED

    EXT. ALLEY

    He dives from the maze down a service
    alley but it is a dead end.

    Neo turns back as the Agents emerge
    from the market.

    NEO
    Uh, help! Need a little
    help!

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Tank frantically scans the monitor
    like a road map.

    TANK
    The door.

    EXT. ALLEY

    Neo dives for it but--

    NEO
    It's locked.

    TANK (V.O.)
    Kick it in!

    Peeling back, Neo almost kicks the
    door from its hinges, lunging from the
    Agents' bullets.

    INT. APARTMENT BUILDING - STAIRCASE

    Neo springs up the old crooked
    apartment building stairs.

    INT. APARTMENT BUILDING - HALL

    He is halfway down the hall, running
    in sharp long strides when a door
    explodes open at the end.

    TANK (V.O.)
    @#%$! The door on your
    left.

    Neo lurches, kicking in an apartment
    door.

    TANK (V.O.)
    No! Other left!

    He whirls back to his other left,
    battering through the door which
    splinters, perforated by bullets.

    An old woman watches TV as Neo blurs
    past her and into her kitchen, where
    another woman is chopping vegetables.

    TANK (V.O.)
    That window!

    Neo throws it open, leaping for the
    fire escape just as a knife buries
    itself in the window casing.

    TANK (V.O.)
    Down! Down!

    EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING - FIRE ESCAPE

    Tumbling down the rattling fire
    escape, Neo leaps the last ten feet
    into the alley below with Agent Brown
    right behind him.

    Neo scrapes himself to his feet,
    broken and bleeding, charging for the
    end of the alley.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Finger on the monitor, Tank traces
    Neo's path.

    TANK
    That's it! You're almost
    there! That fire escape at
    the end of the alley!

    EXT. HEART O' THE CITY HOTEL - DAY

    Agent Smith suddenly pauses as if
    recognizing something; the faded neon
    buzzes: Heart O' The City Hotel.

    INT. HOVERCRAFT

    Tank loads the exit.

    TANK
    I'm going to make the
    call.

    MORPHEUS
    Do it!

    Suddenly, the lights go red.

    TRINITY
    No.

    Morpheus looks up.

    MORPHEUS
    Here they come.

    EXT. SEWER MAIN

    The Sentinels open and shift like
    killer kaleidoscopes as they attack,
    slamming down onto the Nebuchadnezzar.

    INT. HOVERCRAFT

    The hovercraft booms down as they hit.
    Morpheus opens the lock on the EMP
    detonator.

    Trinity watches him.

    MORPHEUS
    He's going to make it.

    EXT. ALLEY - DAY

    Neo scrambles up the fire escape,
    bullets sparking and ricocheting
    around him as Agents Brown and Jones
    close the gap.

    INT. HALL - DAY

    On the third floor, he kicks in the
    window, jumping into the hall. The
    doors count backwards: 310... 309...

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Another systems alarm sounds.

    TANK
    They've burned through the
    outer hull.

    TRINITY
    Hurry, Neo.

    INT. HALL - DAY

    Neo can hear the phone ringing. 305...
    304...

    Agent Brown reaches the broken window
    behind him just as Neo grabs the
    handle of 303, throwing open the door
    to find--

    Agent Smith, waiting, .45 @#%$ed.

    Neo can't move-- can't think--

    BOOM.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Neo's body jerks, and everyone hears
    it as the life monitors snap flatline.

    Trinity screams. Morpheus stumbles
    back in disbelief.

    MORPHEUS
    No, it can't be. It can't
    be.

    Lasers suddenly sear through the main
    deck as the Sentinels slice open the
    hull.

    INT. HALL - DAY

    Three holes in his chest, Neo falls to
    the blue shag carpeting, blood
    smearing down the wall paper. Agent
    Smith stands over him, still aiming,
    taking no chances.

    AGENT SMITH
    Check him.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Amid the destruction raining around
    her, Trinity takes hold of Neo's body.

    TRINITY
    Neo...

    INT. HALL - DAY

    Kneeling beside him, Agent Brown
    checks his vital signs.

    AGENT BROWN
    He's gone.

    Agent Smith smiles, standing over him.

    AGENT SMITH
    Good-bye, Mr. Anderson.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    In tears, Morpheus takes hold of the
    EMP switch.

    Trinity whispers in Neo's ear.

    TRINITY
    Neo, please, listen to me.
    I promised to tell you the
    rest. The Oracle, she told
    me that I'd fall in love
    and that man, the man I
    loved would be the One.
    You see? You can't be
    dead, Neo, you can't be
    because I love you. You
    hear me? I love you!

    Her eyes close and she kisses him,
    believing in all her heart that he
    will feel her lips and know that they
    speak the truth.

    INT. HOTEL HALL - DAY

    He does. And they do.

    His eyes snap open.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Trinity screams as the monitors jump
    back to life. Tank and Morpheus look
    at each other.

    It is a miracle.

    TRINITY
    Now get up!

    INT. HALL - DAY

    Holding his chest, Neo struggles to
    get up. At the end of the hall, the
    Agents wait for the elevator when
    Agent Smith glances back. He rips off
    his sunglasses looking at Neo as if he
    were looking at a ghost.

    Neo gets to his feet all three Agents
    grabbing for their guns. As one, they
    fire.

    NEO
    No!

    Neo raises his hands and the bullets,
    like a cloud of obedient bees, slow
    and come to a stop. They hang frozen
    in space, fixed like stainless steel
    stars.

    The Agents are unable to absorb what
    they are seeing.

    Neo plucks one of the bullets from the
    air. We see him and the hall reflected
    in the bright casing. We move closer
    until the bullet fills our vision and
    the distorted reflection morphs,
    becoming the ìrealî image.

    He drops the bullet and the others
    fall to the floor.

    Neo looks out, now able to see through
    the curtain of the Matrix. For a
    moment, the walls, the floor, even the
    Agents become a rushing stream of
    code.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    All three stare transfixed with awe as
    the scrolling code accelerates, faster
    and faster, as if the machine language
    was unable to keep up or perhaps
    describe what is happening.

    They begin to blur into streaks,
    shimmering ribbons of light that open
    like windows, as--

    Each screen fills with brilliant
    saturated color images of Neo standing
    in the hall.

    TANK
    How...?!

    MORPHEUS
    He is the One. He is the
    One!

    An explosion shakes the entire ship.



    INT. HALL

    Agent Smith screams, his calm machine-
    like expression shredding with pure
    rage.

    He rushes Neo. His attack is ferocious
    but Neo blocks each blow easily. Then
    with one quick strike to the chest he
    sends Agent Smith flying backwards.

    For the first time since their
    inception, the Agents know fear.

    Agent Smith gets up, bracing himself
    as Neo charges him and springs into a
    dive. But the impact doesn't come. Neo
    sinks into Agent Smith, disappearing,
    his tie and coat rippling as if he
    were a deep pool of water.

    Spinning around he looks to the others
    and feels something, like a tremor
    before a quake, something deep,
    something that is going to change
    everything.

    Suddenly a searing sound stabs through
    his earpiece as his chest begins to
    swell, then balloon as--

    Neo bursts up out of him. And with a
    final death scream, Agent Smith
    explodes like an empty husk in a
    brilliant cacophony of light, his
    shards spinning away, absorbed by the
    Matrix until--

    Only Neo is left.

    Neo faces the remaining Agents. They
    look at each other, the same idea
    striking simultaneously--

    They run.

    INT. MAIN DECK

    Sentinels are everywhere destroying
    the ship.

    TRINITY
    Neo!

    INT. HALL

    Again he hears her. He reacts to the
    ringing phone, rushing towards it even
    as--

    INT. MAIN DECK

    A Sentinel descends towards Morpheus.
    On the screen we see Neo dive for the
    phone.

    TRINITY
    Now!

    Morpheus turns the key.

    INT. OVERFLOW PIT

    A blinding shock of white light floods
    the chamber; Sentinels blink and fall
    instantly dead, filling the pit with
    their cold metal carcasses.

    INT. HOVERCRAFT

    In the still darkness, only the humans
    are alive.

    TRINITY
    Neo?

    His eyes open. Tears pour from her
    smiling eyes as he reaches up to touch
    her.

    And she kisses him; it seems like it
    might last forever.

    FADE TO BLACK.

    INT. COMPUTER SCREEN

    Close on a computer screen as in the
    opening. The cursor beating steadily,
    waiting. A phone begins to ring.

    It is answered and the screen fills
    instantly with the trace program.
    After a long beat, we recognize Neo's
    voice.

    NEO (V.O.)
    Hi. It's me. I know you're
    out there. I can feel you
    now.

    We close in on the racing columns of
    numbers shimmering across the screen.

    NEO (V.O.)
    I imagine you can also
    feel me.

    The numbers begin to lock into place.

    NEO (V.O.)
    You won't have to search
    for me anymore. I'm done
    running. Done hiding.
    Whether I'm done fighting,
    I suppose, is up to you.

    We glide in towards the screen.

    NEO (V.O.)
    I believe deep down, we
    both want this world to
    change. I believe that the
    Matrix can remain our cage
    or it can become our
    chrysalis, that's what you
    helped me to understand.
    That to be free, truly
    free, you cannot change
    your cage. You have to
    change yourself.

    We dive through the numbers, surging
    up through the darkness, sucked
    towards a tight constellation of
    stars.

    NEO (V.O.)
    When I used to look out at
    this world, all I could
    see was its edges, its
    boundaries, its rules and
    controls, its leaders and
    laws. But now, I see
    another world. A different
    world where all things are
    possible. A world of hope.
    Of peace.

    We realize that the constellation is
    actually the holes in the mouthpiece
    of a phone. Seen from inside.

    NEO (V.O.)
    I can't tell you how to
    get there, but I know if
    you can free your mind,
    you'll find the way


    EXT. PHONE BOOTH/STREET

    We shoot through the holes as Neo
    hangs up the phone. He steps out of
    the phone and slides on a pair of
    sunglasses. He looks up and we rise.

    Higher and higher, until the city is
    miles below.

    After a moment, Neo blasts by us, his
    long black coat billowing like a black
    leather cape as he flies faster than a
    speeding bullet.

    FADE OUT.





    BWhahahhaha :) THE END
     
  2. LuNa NoOne

    LuNa NoOne Guest

    you are either the writer of the script :lol:

    or u have WAY WAY too much tim on your hands...imagine watching the film and copying ALL of the text onto this forum :lol:

    a sad sad man :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    nice one anyway mate :)

    bye
     
  3. ZcRooGe CnE

    ZcRooGe CnE Guest

    :lol: my feelings eXcatly :lol: pls tell me u cut n pasted it :lol:

    Goood Job :)
     
  4. Neo ION

    Neo ION Guest

    grabbed it off the DVD disc silly :lol
     
  5. ZcRooGe CnE

    ZcRooGe CnE Guest

    Cewl didn't not that was poss. ur not so dumb after all ;)
    Kinda cewl when u read through it u sorta image the scenes in ur head. Funny how u remember the stuff when u read it :)
     
  6. Neo ION

    Neo ION Guest

    It is cool yeah.. im just wondering how much you actually read from it :/ hope it werent th hole thing LOL
     
  7. ZcRooGe CnE

    ZcRooGe CnE Guest

    I got plenty of free time on my hands ;)
     
  8. Neo ION

    Neo ION Guest

  9. ICEIVIAN

    ICEIVIAN Guest

    nice 1 , the best scene is:

    This is your last chance.
    After this, there is no
    going back. You take the
    blue pill and the story
    ends. You wake in your
    bed and you believe
    whatever you want to
    believe.

    The pills in his open hands are
    reflected in the glasses.

    MORPHEUS
    You take the red pill and
    you stay in Wonderland and
    I show you how deep the
    rabbit hole goes.

    :rollin: :rollin: :rollin:
     
  10. Morpheus UK

    Morpheus UK Guest

    nice1 m8
    yea matrix rules.
     
  11. Teknodeamon

    Teknodeamon Guest

    matrix @#%$ owns
     
  12. Cazman siXth

    Cazman siXth Guest

    bringing up old posts again?
     
  13. Inferno 2

    Inferno 2 Guest

    apparently :lol:
     
  14. ICEIVIAN

    ICEIVIAN Guest

    yeah

    yeah bringing old posts up is my job hehe!
    no i only did that cuz i saw it and thought ... matrix rulez! :rollin:

    cya m8s

    ice
     
  15. A j a x2000

    A j a x2000 Guest

    i just wanna know when the next film is due out
     
  16. Inferno 2

    Inferno 2 Guest

    it's a sequel so i'm 99% sure it won't be as good as the original
     
  17. 0 Martz 0

    0 Martz 0 Guest

    Ahhh, only took me 1h 50 mins to read - but what is works time for! Nice post Neo :)
     
  18. Morpheus

    Morpheus »MayHem«

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    theres a 2nd one coming out?
     
  19. Samy

    Samy RuSh

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    This blow my mind
     
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