With “Matrix”, spectators discover characters who have become cult: Neo, Morpheus and Trinity. To lend her features to the heroine, Carrie-Anne Moss had to learn kung fu, just like her partners. And in order to be sure not to lose the role, the actress preferred to hide an injury.
Matrix : in the white rabbit hole
In 1999, the real world discovered the Matrix. As Thomas Anderson wondered before becoming Neo (Keanu Reeves), what is the Matrix? In the words of Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), the Matrix is a system. A virtual simulation configured by machines to exercise control over a humanity asleep and cradled by illusions. In Matrix, Neo understands that he could be the Chosen One, able to overthrow this system and free his species.
With this feature film, the Wachowski sisters create a pillar of science fiction. A masterpiece that plays on the way of conveying and breaking beliefs in cinema, in the same way as Fight Club and Sixth Sense, released the same year. A film that has perfectly digested the many influences of its directors, from Lewis Carroll to Jean Baudrillard via cyberpunk culture, for develop your own mythology.
At the heart of this universe, Neo is brought back by Morpheus to his free will, to the importance of the notion of choice, essential in the saga and symbolized by the famous red and blue pills. In his journey, the hero is therefore guided by his mentor but also by the Oracle (Gloria Foster), and accompanied by Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) as well as the enigmatic Cypher (Joe Pantoliano). In front of them stand the agents led by Smith (Hugo Weaving), programs responsible for traversing the Matrix to ensure its proper functioning and avoid overflows.
After the success of the first opus, which totaled more than $ 463 million in worldwide revenue when it was released, Neo continued its quest in Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions. In 2021, the trilogy becomes a quadrilogy with Matrix Resurrections.
Trinity: the other heroine of Matrix
With Matrix, Carrie-Anne Moss finds her first major role in the cinema, which remains to this day the most emblematic of his career. It is through the character of Trinity, locked in a hotel where agents come to flush her out, that the spectator confronts for the first time the rules of the Matrix during the incredible introduction. During this opening, it performs in particular the Double Eagle, a mythical kick enhanced by slow motion and a rotating movement of the camera.
Like Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss trains hard for know kung fu. For this, she benefits for four months from teaching martial arts specialist Yuen Woo-Ping, director of Tai-Chi Master and The Chinese Master who officiates on the trilogy as a choreographer of the fights.
During the production of Matrix, Carrie-Anne Moss injured her ankle, as reported by the BBC. However, the actress prefers say nothing, fearing to be replaced. She continues to work in pain and does not reveal the incident until the film is over. Subsequently, during the first week of training of Matrix Reloaded, the actress breaks a leg on a cable. This does not prevent him from re-educating himself, resuming training, and performing the extraordinary Scorpion Kick on set.
A beloved character
A talent and effort that establishes Trinity as an essential and adored heroine. In the December 2021 issue of First, Carrie-Anne Moss confides on this subject:
Lana and Lilly created it and allowed me to embody it. I am infinitely grateful to them. It is truly one of the accomplishments of my life. The other day a woman approached me to thank me for playing Trinity, and told me how much the character had inspired her. The movie came out twenty years ago and I still have that kind of reaction. I know that when people talk to me like this, it is very sincere.
We can now find Neo and Trinity in Matrix Resurrections currently in theaters.