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FREEWAY CHASE
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The entire freeway chase was filmed on a stretch of freeway that was built from scratch
on an old airplane runway at the former Alameda Naval Air Station in Alameda, Northern California.
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Paterson Pass is named after Owen Paterson, Production Designer.
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That's the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in the background, which is odd because the Matrix city doesn't have any bodies of water. The stunt was pretty impressive though!
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This is another impressive stunt, but I have a feeling that the rail used to flip the car wasn't meant to have been as visible as it was.
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The 1st and 2nd Unit crews filmed for about three months on this freeway. The scene was only about 15 minutes long!
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These shots are from the fight at the top of the Paterson Pass freeway overcrossing.
The San Francisco skyline, including the Transamerica Pyramid, appears in the background of the middle two shots.
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The speed limit on the freeway is 65 mph, which, of course,
conflicts with the 55 and Stay Alive sign above the tunnel that
connected the downtown city to the freeway in the Matrix.
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Note the names of the roads on the freeway sign: Whipple Avenue, Woodside Road, and Marsh Road. That's because this was once a real freeway sign from Hwy 101 south in Redwood City, California.
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Here's another fun continuity error. Riding on the big rig truck, Morpheus and Keymaker pass under the Whipple Avenue freeway sign. On the other side, though, we cut to a reverse to see an Agent approaching, but the identical Whipple Avenue sign now appears in the opposite direction with the same mile markers on it. That's obviously a result of using the same one-mile stretch of freeway to represent several dozen miles, but it probably wouldn't have been too hard to cover up the roads with new names once in awhile. They probably figured correctly that the action was so fast that very few would notice. As it is, it makes a cool gaffe to watch out for on slow-motion!
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Most of the freeway overcrossings, buildings, and power lines in the background were all computer-generated.
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These entirely computer-generated images show the cityscape of the giant metropolis that is in the Matrix. There are no hills or bodies of water! In the last picture, though, note that one of the two towers of the Federal Building from Downtown Oakland is visible.
BEHIND-THE-SCENES
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These aerial photos of the freeway set were from a now defunct fan website, the domain of which has since been purchased by WB.
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And these aerial pictures were shot by a "Sharon Phillips" for Ain't It Cool News on 4 April 2001.
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From the Warner Bros. behind-the-scenes videos, these shots show different stages of the freeway's construction.
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And here are some final shots of the completed freeway. It was later completely dismantled.
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Some of the vehicles were computer-generated.
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Part of the freeway STUNTS team posed for this picture.

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