The Matrix - Full script

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  1. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    For our Matrix fans


    The Matrix

    Written by Larry and Andy Wachowski.
    April 8, 1996


    FADE IN ON:

    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.)
    Hello?

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

    SCREEN
    Call trans opt: received.
    2-19-96 13:24:18 REC:Log>

    WOMAN (V.O.)
    I'm inside. Anything to report?

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

    CYPHER (V.O.)
    Let's see. Target left work at
    5:01 PM.

    SCREEN
    Trace program: running.

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

    CYPHER (V.O.)
    He caught the northbound Howard
    line. Got off at Sheridan.
    Stopped at 7-11. Purchased six-
    pack of beer and a box of Captain
    Crunch. Returned home.

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

    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.)
    All right, you're relieved. Use
    the usual exit.

    CYPHER (V.O.)
    Do you know when we're going to
    make contact?

    TRINITY
    Soon.

    Only two thin digits left.

    CYPHER (V.O.)
    Just between you and me, you don't
    believe it, do you? You don't
    believe this guy is the one?

    TRINITY (V.O.)
    I think Morpheus believes he is.

    CYPHER (V.O.)
    I know. But what about you?

    TRINITY (V.O.)
    I think Morpheus knows things that
    I don't.

    CYPHER (V.O.)
    Yeah, but if he's wrong --

    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.

    CYPHER (V.O.)
    Yeah. Right. See you on the other side.

    She hangs up as we PASS THROUGH the numbers, entering the
    netherworld of the computer screen.

    Where gradually the sound of a police radio grows around
    us.
     

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  2. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    Now that's cool!
     
  3. Yoldering

    Yoldering Monkey+

    Thank you melbo!
     
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