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Cool Significance of Sunglasses post #1  quote:



Just a thought... the sunglasses. What significance do they have... that purpose do they serve?

In the beginning of the original Matrix, before Agent Smith melts Neo's mouth closed, he puts on his glasses.

Could it be that the sunglasses give the characters their ability to bend the Matrix?

Also, some emphasis is placed on Neo removing his shades before kissing Persephone in Reloaded. Perhaps this is to show her that he is, for the moment, powerless and therefore surrendering to her?

Interesting stuff, tell me what you think...

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Look at it however you want, as long as you don't count Morpheus' taking his sunglasses off at the beginning of a fight and putting them back on afterwards as character development.

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post #3  quote:

The shades just look badass,

Neo removes his glasses before kissing Persephone because she tells him she wants to believe the kiss - he has to make it as real as he can.

Neo fights in the first movei with his glasses off, Trinity fights in reloaded with her glasses off, morpheus fights in both movies with his galsses off, and neo and morpheus didn't have their glasses on when they fought in the sparring program. Therfore i don't think it's the source of their power, I think it's just to look coo/meanacing.


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Humans=Oval Shades
Agents=Rectangular Shades to underscore the point that a machine would design to most simple shape.....connect staright lines.....oval (or wahtever shape you want to call Neo & Gang's) is not their natural inclination.


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post #5  quote:

not all humans have oval lenses.

if you look in reloaded a lot of the other crew members in the meeting have square or rectangular lenses on their glasses. someone suggested taht square lenses mean s bad guy - cos of Cypher, but too many of the humans wear square lenses for me to believe that's possible.


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post #6  quote:

Haven't looked that close but you could be right. Will check it out about the humans. But I am pretty certain that all agents go rectangular and none go oval.

Hey, don't we have anything better to do with our time? lol


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post #7  quote:

It's probably just something the brothers threw in because it looks cool. Also they probably got a killer deal from whichever sunglass company they signed with, which would persuade them to cloak everyone in glasses.

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haha obviously not

and no none of the agents have oval galsses - smith has hexagonal sort of shaped ones in reloded - but that's after he's been 'set free'.

the only reason i noticed the humans with square glasses was because one guy is wearing glasses the look like blues brothers shades - and i burst out laughing in the cinema - got some weird looks i don't mnd telling you.


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post #9  quote:

I remember that ***hole.....that was you?
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HAHAHA! You heard me from my old home town?! That's just freaky!

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post #11  quote:

Oh and Borderliner they're Ray Ban sunglasses - but none of the Matrix designs were ever released onto the public market. You can get (average) copies - but that's about it. No one makes a proper pair of Neo's glasses yet

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post #12  quote:

According to a newspaper article I read, the official sunglasses are made by a company called Blinde Design, sold mainly through their website. The glasses start at around $240 each though

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post #13  quote:

Bagpipes5K Blinde Design are cheap copies

http://www.thematrixshop.com/catalo...ategory_id=3729

when did those glasses have frames? I mean c'mon people!!! and those morpheus ones are laughable!


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post #14  quote:

The reason they wear shades is because, in fact, they are vampires. They are so sensitive that even moonlight can kill them. This is obvious because Trinity has to wear sunglasses under a TINTED motorcycle helmet... at night!

:roflmao:


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post #15  quote:

what about Niobe - she dosen't wear circular shades and shes' a good "guy"...

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post #16  quote:

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Originally posted by pavementoyster
Bagpipes5K Blinde Design are cheap copies

http://www.thematrixshop.com/catalo...ategory_id=3729

when did those glasses have frames? I mean c'mon people!!! and those morpheus ones are laughable!


They're not cheap copies, they're practical copies, made by the same company that does them for the movie. I think they put titanium frames on them because people would complain after they broke when giving someone a hug while they were in their shirt pocket.

I'm serious. I've had about 3 pairs of rimless sunglasses. I think my record before they broke was like 2 months. For Neo's glasses not to break after getting kicked in the face is a miracle I don't think he could even pull off. I wonder how many they went through?

I'd like to get the neo ones but DAMN! $240???


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post #17  quote:

How about the glasses are to hide emotion ..... the machines might be programed to read facial expressions. when Neo goes for the kiss he romoves them ..like letting down his guard and when he saves Trinity they are taken off to show his concern threw his eyes .... ? I dont know but poker players wear sun glasses. Just a thougth

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post #18  quote:

Interesting thought...I don't know what to make of it though. What about the agents, they need to hide their machine thoughts??? Interesting, but it might be a stretch.

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They just look cool. post #19  quote:

I just think it's because they look cool. Nothing more.

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post #20  quote:

I've had a pair of copy sunglasses since 2000 - neo ones - they haven't broken or scratched and they've been sat on, dropped, and all sorts of other unnimaginable things. Nothing wrong with em except the shape isn't QUITE right, and they only set me back US$50.

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post #21  quote:

The Sunglasses enable us to watch Neo calmly sit in a chair... while his onscreen persona freaks out when his mouth is closed up: SUNGLASSES = Excellent way to generate 148 continuity flaws...

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post #22  quote:

Sorry I dont recall, but do they ever wear sunglasses in Zion, or only (sometimes yes, sometimes no) in the matrix?

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post #23  quote:

Hey, haven't completely read this thread, so I don't know if this was mentioned here yet, but I've gotta say, Trinity DID fight with glasses on in Reloaded, and the scene that she did it in kinda bothered me a bit.

She flew through the air on her bike, dismounted and flipped, then landed in the semi-split pose. Then she takes off her black-tinted helmet, to reveal she's wearing SUNGLASSES underneath. Who the hell wears dark-ass sunglasses UNDERNEATH a helmet that already has a black-tinted visor?

What IS the significance of the glasses? Is it important to note that Morpheus' glasses have no arms? maybe this is because he needs no assistance to believe what he believes about the prophecy? Now that the prophecy has been shown to be a lie, will he now sport armed sunglasses? Why did we need to see Neo crack Smith's glasses in Matrix 1? I have NO answers to this. I'd have to watch the movies again (GLADLY!!) to formulate an opinion...


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I also enjoyed watching them wearing their sunglasses as they destroyed the power supply to all those buildings... as if it wasnt dark enuff... I think the sunglasses have ABSOLUTLEY NO RELEVANCE TO STORY - just look cool and probably sponsorships as well.

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One reason could be that when you lie, your pupils dialate and maybe the sunglasses hide that. The sunglasses also reflect what ever is around the wearer and that could show that the characters are only influenced by themselves, but that isn't true. Neo is influenced by tons of people.

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post #26  quote:

If you think sunlglasses have any relevance in the story other than bieng cool then answer me why do they all have really cool trendy outfits on in the matrix maybe theres a reason for it other than beacuase it looks good and because they can.

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post #27  quote:

Like it was said in the original, they appear in the Matrix as virtual self image, or something like that, which explains 2 things. They feel like badasses and look like one, and since the matrix isn't real, neither are the sunglasses. They are just part of that "self" therefore when they fight they are probably part of the face unless mentally changed. Or something to that effect.

just my .02


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Padma: Nice thoughts... I belive the exact term is "Residual Self-Image"

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How about this: There is no sun underground in Zion, and even on the surface, the sky is scorched. So the only time the rebels see the sun is those rare occasions when they enter the Matrix. They started wearing shades cuz they're not used to the sunlight (and, even when its dark, they like to keep them on cuz it makes them look so bad).

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I have the speicol addition Matrix DVD and it shows a oicture of Morphius and there are codes that are reflecting on the shades so they may use them to reflect codes. The second reson is like many have said to hide their feelings so the archetect screen senser like things will prodict wrong so instead of the calm Neo he will pull out a gun and shoot the Archetect and he isn't ready for that.

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