Matrix: Reworded
kitten   August 15, 2003

THE MATRIX:
A HAIKU INTERPRETAION BY KITTEN


EXT. HEART O' THE CITY HOTEL


Police cruisers flash
Sirens lighting up the night
Black sedan pulls up


    SMITH
    Lieutenant, I gave
    Specific orders to you
    Which you have ignored.


    COP
    I'm doing my job.
    Don't give me "jurisdiction".
    Cram it up your ass.


    I sent two units
    They are bringing her down now
    Everything is fine.


    SMITH
    Lieutenant, your men
    Are almost assuredly
    Already dead now.


CUT TO:
INT. HOTEL


Woman in vinyl
At a computer she sits
Police barrel in


    OFFICER
    Hands on your head now!
    Don't you think about moving
    Or we will shoot you.


In the air she floats
Twisting, cat-like, a kick
Cops fall to the ground


    TRINITY
    Morpheus?  Sorry,
    The line was tapped and I'm stuck.
    What do I do now?


    MORPHEUS (VO)
    They cut the hard line.
    You must focus, Trinity.
    Go to the exit.


    TRINITY
    Will there be agents?
    They are going to kill me
    I cannot make it.


    MORPHEUS (VO)
    There is an exit
    Close to the northern tower
    You can make it.  Go.


EXT. HOTEL


Running and sprinting
Trinity dives from the roof
The Agent gives chase


EXT. STREET AT NIGHT


A phone booth ahead
The loud screeching of tires
Crushed steel and glass


The Agents, too late
Step out into the wreckage
Discuss their next move


    JONES
    Damn!  She got away
    This always seems to happen
    I hate those humans.


    SMITH
    It does not matter.
    We know the next target's name
    The informant told.


    We will need to search
    We'll start as soon as we can
    Before they get him.


    BLACK
    His name is Neo.
    We have already begun
    The long search for him.


DISSOLVE TO:
INT. NEO'S APARTMENT


Cables and routers
A man searches for answers
A black display screen


    NEO
    What the hell is this?
    Always crashing or freezing
    Goddamn Microsoft.


    SCREEN
    Please wake up, Neo
    And follow the white rabbit
    The Matrix has you.


Neo considers
Tension in the room is high
A knock at the door


    NEO
    Who the hell is there   
    Now, at this ungodly time
    This is a bit weird.


Cautious by nature
He halfway opens the door
His visitor waits


    NEO
    You're two hours late.
    What the hell are you doing?
    Can't you be on time?


    CHOI
    I know I am late.
    It's all her fault.  Damn women!
    Here's the two thousand.


Money changes hands
A hidden black minidisc
A dire warning


    NEO
    Choi, you remember
    That if you're caught using that
    This never happened.


    CHOI
    I know, yes, I know.
    This did not ever happen
    And I don't know you.


    Is something wrong, man?
    You look whiter than normal.
    Maybe you need rest.

    NEO
    My computer, it's..
    You ever think you're still dreaming
    After you wake up?


    CHOI
    All the time, my man.
     Mescaline is the only
    Way that you should fly.


    You need to relax.
    Maybe you could come with us?
    What do you say, man?


A silenced protest
White rabbit on her shoulder
Instructions compel


    NEO
    Yeah, sure, I will go.
    Even though these fetish clubs
    Aren't really my scene.


INT. NIGHTCLUB


Neo stands alone
Still out of his element
Woman approaches


    TRINITY
    Hello there, Neo.
    I know a lot about you.
    I am Trinity.


    NEO
    I can't believe it.
    You hacked the IRS base?
    Thought you were a guy!


    TRINITY
    Most guys do, Neo.
    Please just listen to me now.
    I have news for you.


    They are watching you.
    Every minute and hour
    They know where you are.


    The question drives us.
    You know what question that is.
    Now find the answer.


    NEO
    What is the Matrix?
    I really don't have a clue
    What is going on.


CUT TO:
INT. NEO'S APARTMENT


Piercing alarm buzz
A hand, in motion, kills it
And panic ensues


    NEO
    Shit!  Goddammit all!
    I'm late for work, as always
    Now I'll get bitched at!


INT. OFFICE


In his suit, humbled
A boss fed up with lateness
A window is cleaned


    BOSS
    You have a problem.
    You think that you are special.
    You are mistaken.


    I am sick of this.
    You are always late, Thomas.
    Be on time or else.


INT. CUBICLE


Bored out of his mind
He sits, pretending to work
A package arrives


    FED EX MAN
    You're Anderson, right?
    I have a package for you.
    Here you go.  Sign here.


Package authorized
A ringing phone tumbles out
Wary, he answers


    MORPHEUS (VO)
    Hello there, Neo.
    Do you have any idea
    Who you're talking to?


    NEO
    Is this Morpheus?
    I have been looking for you.
    What is going on?


    MORPHEUS (VO)
    They're coming for you
    And I don't know what they'll do
    If they get to you.


Peers over the wall
Dark suits and black sunglasses
Trouble is afoot


    MORPHEUS (VO)
    I can help you, but
    You must do what I tell you.
    Run across the hall.


A flight down the hall
Empty offices, locked doors
Short and ragged breath


    NEO
    Done and done.  Now what?
    And how do you know all this?
    I'm really confused.


    MORPHEUS
    No time to explain.
    Climb the scaffold outside, and
    Go up to the roof.


Click of a dead line
Out the window, on the ledge
Gravity meets phone


    NEO
    No way! This is nuts!
    Why should this happen to me?
    I am nobody!


CUT TO:
EXT. OFFICE BUILDING


Covert black leather
Trinity on her cycle
Curses the bad choice


    TRINITY
    Goddammit to hell.
    I knew he wouldn't listen.
    Now he's in deep shit!


DISSOLVE TO:
INT. INTERROGATION ROOM


Agents enter room
Take up flanking formation
Smith faces Neo


    SMITH
    Mister Anderson,
    We've been watching you closely.
    Seems you live two lives.


    In one life you are
    Thomas A. Anderson, and
    You pay your taxes


    You have a good job
    With a fine company
    And - wait, what is this?


    Hmm, how very odd.
    And you help your landlady
    Take out the garbage.


    In your other life
    You're a hacker named Neo.
    You always break laws.


    There's one life you have
    That has a future, and one
    That does not, Anderson.


    We want to help you.
    We know you've talked to a man
    Who's called Morpheus.


    We will wipe the slate.
    We can give you a fresh start.
    But you must help us.


    NEO
    Well, yeah, that sounds good
    But I've got my own idea.
    You're so full of crap


    So how about this?:
    I will give you the finger
    And then use the phone.


Sigh of great disdain
Darkened sunglasses back on
Smith is not amused


    SMITH
    Mister Anderson
    You disappoint me greatly.
    I thought you were wise.


    NEO
    You cannot scare me
    With all this Gestapo crap.
    I want my phone call!


    SMITH
    Tell me, Anderson,
    How will a phone call help you
    If you cannot speak?


Organic metal
Twisting, morphing, and crawling
Neo's mouth glued shut


    NEO
    Mmm mmf!  Mmf mmm mfm!
    mmm, mmm! Mmph mmf mmph mm Mmm!
    Mmf mmmph mm mmp mm!


    SMITH
    You're going to help
    Whether or not you like it.
    You cannot stop us.


CUT TO:
INT. NEO'S APARTMENT


Was it all a dream?
Phone ringing; he awakens
Doesn't say hello


    MORPHEUS (VO)
    I must be brief, for
    Your line is probably tapped.
    Do you want to meet?


    Then go to the bridge
    And wait outside in the rain.
    I will send a car.


EXT. UNDER BRIDGE


Rain sluices down
Silouetted by the light
A car approaches


INT. CAR


New people with guns
Annie Lennox all business
No uncertain terms


    SWITCH
    Take off your shirt.  Now.
    We don't have time for questions.
    It's our way, or else.


    NEO
    Well, forget all this!
    I'll take my chances elsewhere
    Cause I'm a bigshot.


    TRINITY
    Neo, please listen.
    Just do as she says, okay?
    It's all for the best.


    NEO
    Fine, but only cause
    You're wearing kinky vinyl
    Which I really dig.


    TRINITY
    We think you are bugged.
    Besides which, this machine here
    Just looks really cool.


Extraction machine
X-ray vision on the screen
Bug out the window


    NEO
    Oh my fucking god!
    You mean that wasn't a dream?
    It's really real?!


INT. BUILDING


Spiralling staircase
Towering eight floors above
A final large door


    TRINITY
    You must be honest.
    He knows things you can't predict
    So don't try to lie.


Door swinging open
Trencoated man and lightning
Very dramatic


    MORPHEUS
    At last, we now meet.
    I am Morpheus, but you
    Already knew that.


    NEO
    It's a great honor
    To finally meet you, sir.
    I've been waiting long.


Chairs and a table
Facing each other, they sit
The answers coming


    MORPHEUS
    So.  You're here because
    You know something important
    That you can't explain.


    I will explain it.
    The Matrix is all around.
    Even in this room.


    You can feel it
    When you go to work or church.
    Even when you sleep.


    You're a slave, Neo.
    In a jail you can't see
    Can't smell and can't touch.


    Unfortunately
    You can't be told what it is.
    You have to see it.


In his hands, two pills
Red and blue, they are offered
A final warning


    MORPHEUS
    This is your last chance.
    You can take the red or blue.
    These are your choices.


    Take the blue pill, and
    You will forget what happened.
    You'll live as you have.


    Take the red pill, and
    You will come with me. I can
    Show you the Matrix.


    Remember, Neo
    I'm only offering truth
    Nothing more than that.


Neo hesitates
And considers his options
There are not many


    MORPHEUS
    Remember, Neo
    I am only offering
    The truth.  Nothing more.


Did I say many
I really meant only one
Neo makes his choice


    MORPHEUS:
    The pill that you took
    Was part of a trace program.
    We'll find you with it.


INT. LAB
Discarded rotaries
Merged with futuristic tech
A warping mirror


    MORPHEUS
    Tank!  Are you with me?
    We need a signal right now!
    Hurry!  Track him down!


DISSOLVE TO:
INT. POWER PLANT


Rows and endless rows
Human bodies tombed in tubes
Paradigm shifting


Sentry guard robot
Dispatched to the scene quickly
Expels human waste


Floating in a sea
Bright lights descend from above
A lifeline lowered


FADE TO:
INT. HOVERCRAFT


Blurred, confused vision
Unknown faces smearing past
A voice in the dark


    MORPHEUS
    Ah, welcome, Neo
    To this, the real world.
    The answers will come.


So endeth part one
To be continued, await
The next installment