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Matrix, The - A "Lift" in New York
Fast-Forward to the part in the bulding lobby with the pillars. Watch until Trinity presses the elevator button. The text above the buttons say something to this extent: "Do not use lift in case of fire" but they are supposed to be in New York. This is because the scene was shot in a warehouse in Australia.
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City scape with company names, Norwich, Mulpha, Macquarie Bank, Westpac.  City scape with company names.
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Rated 3.2/10 (52 ratings) Your opinion?
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Contributed By: Elroyhead on 07-02-2000 and Reviewed By: Webmaster
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Analyzer writes:
Now who's making the Slip-Ups here...? As far as I'm concerned, this city talk is crap! You guys (or girls) are too caught up in your search for a Slip-Up in the story, to notice the real Slip-Ups! The direction of vehicles... : Since The Matrix (The program) takes place in, quote: "A different place" - Joel Silver (Producer), there is not much more to say of the whereabouts. However, since the movie was filmed in more than one location, the only wrong would be to have cars drive in both sides, hence the slip up, being when Neo drops his cell phone, and you see cars driving against the left turn arrows, is not actually a slip up, but rather a choice of two evils. A biggie..?? No! However, we do know that USA is an existing country, up until 2069. The Nebuchadnezzar was made in the US, and this would conflict with the comment from Mr. Silver about "different place", if it wasn't because the matrix, and the real world are two very different places... and for all we know, the machines might as well have decided to put Australian buildings in a New York scenario, using Chicago names! This is where it gets interesting... If you look at the names on the buildings, do you think it is a Slip-Up, that you see Mulpha, - a gigantic company whose main activities are building, creating housing and establishing trade, - when at the same time you hear Agent Smith talking about their challenges when they built The Matrix??? Think about it... About the lobby... Well, as already established, we don't know what city, OR what language the machines decided was to be in The Matrix... Now despite what you might think, I do not think that The Matrix is flawless, I just don't like it when people point out Slip-Ups, that aren't really Slip-Ups... If you want Slip-Ups, they are there! And you don't even need to go further than the lobby. When Neo enters, you can see most of his belt, which is tight, and holding no guns, but when he removes his jacket, guns appear very close to the buckle, so close that you should have been able to see it before, and the belt is now bulging in the buckle, and not as tight as two sec sooner... That, is a Slip-Up! Yours... Analyzer
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TRiNiTY writes:
I don't think the inclusion of the word "lift" exactly classifies as a slip up, as I'm sure the directors were well aware. In Australia, we call them both lifts and elevators, but we're probably too lazy to write elevator :> And although the original script said it was taking place in Chicago, the final script had no defined place name. This is despite the inclusion of the Chicago street signs, which were placed their intentionally by the Wachowski Brothers, however were not intended to signify the location as Chicago. Whilst many of the buildings in the background do have Australian company names, having scene the Sydney skyline for myself, they edited out quite a substantial amount of building advertisements. The only signs I saw in Sydney that were visible in the movie were the Mulpha logo and the MMI sign...and think about it...what does MMI mean in Roman numerals? 2001! That HAS to be of some significance. (The Mulpha logo is also an internation company, so that eliminates any substantial indication that the movie was filmed in Sydney.)
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Mad-Man writes:
The movie is "supposed" to take place in Chicago. I'm sure if you read the other "slipups" here you'll see many reasons for it (the directors' home town, the street names, etc.).
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Dark Smurf writes:
It says Chicago in the SCRIPT, that's where.
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smith writes:
The movie is set in a non descript place. The only info we get on its location are a generic phone number and footage of Sydney.
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Daniel Heffner writes:
It was never said that the city was New York, It could be any city in the world, because to them it's just going into the Matrix and doing there thing. But New York was never mentioned at all.
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foxmulder writes:
This movie does not take place in Chicago. It takes place in Sydney, you don't think they would have the harbour bridge in the background in some shots if it where Chicago and as for the elevator I have know idea what you are talking about, again sydney, not New York but Sydney.
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Sammo writes:
It was filmed in Sydney, but supposed to be set in an American city of some sort. We gather this evidence from the numerous amount of American police in the film and the traffic driving against arrows scene (driving on the right side of the road not the left).
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Disgruntled writes:
It dosen't take place in any particular city. It's simply a generic U.S. city. Yes, they filmed it in Sydney, but did not set the movie itself there.
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Qender writes:
The street names are names of streets in Chicago.
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Morfeus writes:
Personally, I always thought putting "lift" was a bit sloppy, but then, if you look at the buildings in the scene where Smith talks to Morpheus about the Matrix, the buildings have Australian company names on them. It's supposed to be a generic city, but there are toomany tell-tale signs.
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Zeddexx writes:
Maybe the Lift/Elevator was made in Aussie. :3
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Bezelbub writes:
C'mon people, stick around for the credits why don't ya! Toward the very end, it clearly states that the city in which the movie takes place is a generic city, not Chicago or anywhere else! Sheesh...
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Jade writes:
In response to barnaby's query about why they didn't film in Chicago: Most of the stunts in the movie they couldn't do in America, hence them going to Australia.
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honered1 writes:
So where is the slip-up, the word "lift" may be used in New York as well as Australia.
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Elroyhead writes:
You know, the scene in the lobby. The part with the foam pillars. The elevator button uses the wrong terminology. It calls it a "lift" but in the U.S. we call them elevators.
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Beavis_16 writes:
Sammo () writes: It was filmed in Sydney, but supposed to be set in an American city of some sort. We gather this evidence from the numerous amount of American police in the film and the traffic driving against arrows scene (driving on the right side of the road not the left). If you had actually paid attention in the movie you would see that they WERE driving on the left side of the road...
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SublimePunk writes:
I don't care what it says about directions of cars or what not. It doesn't matter; it was all done ahead of time. The roads are blocked off and the sets were, well, sets made probably by American standards in, yes, an Australian building. The lift sign doesn't mean anything. I've seen those signs in the US also. Maybe there were other factors in making the sign? Well, for one, the word lift is a lot shorter than elevator.
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fmc writes:
tell me where in the movie that it actually says that the city is chicago
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barnaby writes:
The lobby was a set, and then set decorators, decorated the set. They must have chosen that sign using the word lift for a reason. Maybe they got the sign in Australia somewhere. What do they use in Australia, Lifts or Elevators. And if it was set in Chicago why didn't they film in Chicago. Or in America, or bother to make it look like Chicago (harbour bridge).
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fmc writes:
what the hell are you talking about?
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Cowandchick writes:
Yeah, if it took place anywhere else other than the US, then everyone should have their countries accents.
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