* DuelingMovies: A four-way contest - between ''Film/TheMatrix'', ''Film/TheThirteenthFloor'' and ''Film/{{eXistenZ}}''.
* ExecutiveMeddling: ViewersAreMorons, so we have to explain the plot in an OpeningNarration so they don't get confused and scared. Thankfully excised in the Directors Cut (or just mute the sound for the first few minutes.)
** The movie was given an R rating by the MPAA mostly because it had a "weird" concept (there were a few shots of topless women, but their collective duration is very short).
* FakeAmerican: Rufus Sewell (British) and Melissa George (Australian) both do very good American accents.
* HeyItsThatGuy: After this movie, Dr. Schreber [[MemeticBadass got loose, killed all the Strangers, returned to Earth and became]] ''[[Series/TwentyFour Jack Bauer!]]''
** And John became [[AKnightsTale Count Adhemar]].
** Do you recognize Mr. Hand? Just picture him [[RockyHorrorPictureShow jumping to the left... then stepping to the right!]]
** Mr. Wall was [[MadMax the Gyro Captain... and/or Jedediah the Pilot]].
** [[HomeandAway Angel]] is a [[FanService prostitute]]?!
** And [[Creator/JenniferConnelly Emma]] should already have experience with [[LivingLabyrinth living]] [[Film/{{Labyrinth}} labyrinths]].
* PropRecycling: Several of the sets from this film were reused in ''TheMatrix'', most recognizably the corrugated rooftops seen during Trinity's run from the cops in the opening, and the staircase with the black-and-white tile floor from the SWAT raid and Morpheus' capture.