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Matrix, The - Not Where but When
Watch the vary first scene and pause the shot when the computer type comes up. The date is 2/19/98 and the call is being traced. Later after Neo is freed, he is told the year is thought to be 1999. ( Some time could have passed, but...) At the end of those first scenes the agents know about Neo and are about to waste no time finding him. We are lead to believe he is freed just days after, rather than months.
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Contributed By: lady on 08-19-2001 and Reviewed By: Webmaster
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caillin writes:
The date on computers is not always correct you know
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Bezelbub writes:
don't forget the year in the Matrix doesn't correspond to the time out side the Matrix. If that computer was real, not just a computer simulation, then maybe it referred to the year 2098! After all Morpheus said that the year was about 2099, 2098 is pretty close!
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Toothpaste writes:
There is actually very little correlation between the first scene and the point at which they find Neo... For a few reasons... We know that Cypher is 'the informant' the Agents referred to. What we can't really ascertain is how long he's been aiding the machines, or how he even initiated contact with them in such a way that he would not be terminated on sight. As our understanding of what the search program actually searches for, and what that number it finds means -- maybe it's the number they use to hack into the Matrix, maybe it's just the line Cypher and Trinity were communicating on -- it's limited at best. Who knows just how long this 'The One Identification Process' takes; They may have located him sometime in '98 and contacted him in '99. With that time-frame in mind one could assume that Cypher was getting bored with the whole process and within that year decided to begin looking for a way back; if Neo really was The One, Cypher didn't want to see the destruction of the Matrix as that would mean he couldn't go back to his cigars and his juicy steaks! The movie itself suggests that real final contact was made with Cypher and Agent Smith relatively shortly after Neo was found; to assume Cypher just walked up to an Agent and said "Don't kill me I'm only here to help" is a little foolish. There must have been some kind of rapport established with the Agents and Cypher; a year's time is plenty.
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