Twins (The Matrix)

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Twins
The Matrix series character
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Neil Rayment and Adrian Rayment as the Twins in The Matrix Reloaded
First appearance The Matrix Reloaded
Created by The Wachowskis
Portrayed by Adrian Rayment and Neil Rayment[1][2]
Information
Aliases Ghosts
Species Computer programs
Gender Male
Occupation Mobsters

The Twins (played by Neil and Adrian Rayment) are fictional characters in the 2003 film The Matrix Reloaded. They are the henchmen of the Merovingian who are believed to be an old version of Agents in a previous iteration of the Matrix before becoming "Exiles", or rogue programs. [3]

The Twins have the power of intangibility: they can take on a translucent state in which they pass through physical objects such as floors or gunfire, float through the air, and instantly reset any physical damage to their bodies or clothing. They are also the 'ghosts' the Oracle explains while talking to Neo before the 'Burly Brawl'. In other words, their abilities as programs were still usable in exile.

Story[edit]

The Twins are first seen with the Merovingian smoking a hookah in his restaurant in The Matrix Reloaded. They smirk at the fact that neither Trinity, nor Morpheus, nor Neo appear to have the same intellect as does the Merovingian. The Twins rarely speak, but when they do so, it is with a slow paced English accent, and when one speaks to the other, they usually say "we", as opposed to "I".

Later, when Morpheus and crew free the Keymaker, the Merovingian sends the Twins to kill the 'Redpills' and recapture the Keymaker. They encounter Morpheus and Trinity in a parking garage and quickly demonstrate both their skill in hand-to-hand combat (using a straight razor) and their ability to become incorporeal, passing through bullets and walls harmlessly and healing injuries that they sustain while in corporeal form. Morpheus, Trinity, and the Keymaker flee in a car, but they are pursued first by the Twins, then by police and by agents.

Eventually, after a long chase along the freeway and firing upon Morpheus and company with an HK UMP, the Twins are dispatched by Morpheus when he causes their vehicle to overturn and explode. The explosion sends them into the air and they are last seen turning intangible. They are not seen in The Matrix Revolutions.

Video game[edit]

In the Enter the Matrix video game, which chronicles the events leading up to The Matrix Reloaded, the twins are shown attempting to stop Niobe and Ghost from escaping the Merovingian's mansion via a car chase in the multi-leveled garage. In this incarnation of the characters they do not wear their trademark glasses. Their smoking, overturned vehicle can be briefly seen on an overpass at one point during the highway chase level.

Online[edit]

In The Matrix Online, synthesised cheat codes based on those drunk by the Unlimit officer Beirn allowed the Merovingian to retrieve and reforge the fragmented and heavily dissipated RSIs of the Twins. His operatives were tasked with finding the partially reconstructed pieces, which were successfully secured and combined, returning the Twins to fully functional states.

Controversy[edit]

At the time of the release of The Matrix Reloaded, there was some controversy from people who saw the Twins as emblematic of Hollywood's negative portrayal of characters with albinism.[4][5] Several major media outlets (e.g. USA Today, MSNBC) reported on the story, and it was mentioned in a joke by late-night talk show host Jay Leno: "When is the establishment going to give the really white man a break?"[5] Film studio Warner Bros. responded to the controversy, with a spokesperson saying, "It's not our intention to single out any group of people as villains", and "It was never our intention to position these characters as albinos", noting that the Twins have black eyebrows.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Macdonald, Marianne (2003). "Matrix squared". Evening Standard. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Relative values: Adrian and Neil Rayment". The Sunday Times. 18 May 2003. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Matrix Twins Revealed". IGN.com. 3 October 2002. 
  4. ^ "Pale Riders Who Wear Black Hats". Wired. April 2003. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Furor over The Matrix albino twins 2". Skinema. Retrieved 2014-07-28. 
  6. ^ "A white minority". Fairfax Digital. The Age Company Ltd. 6 January 2004. Retrieved 9 December 2014.