For those of you who enjoyed The Matrix as a movie, but don't necessarily subscribe to all the complicated, elusive mumbo-jumbo that goes along with it, don't worry. We've got you covered with a basic definition of The Matrix Code — "Matrix digital rain, Matrix code or sometimes green rain, is the computer code featured in the Matrix series. The falling green code is a way of representing the activity of the virtual reality environment of the Matrix on screen."
You'd think that with a description like "representing the activity of the virtual reality environment" that the code itself would be super complex. Turns out, it's not complex at all! In fact, it's sort of a joke. During an interview with CNET, Simon Whiteley, creator of the code, reveals his inspiration for the digital rain and let's just say, it's definitely a head-scratcher:
"I like to tell everybody that The Matrix's code is made out of Japanese sushi recipes,' says Whiteley, a production designer from England who's now based at the Animal Logic animation and visual-effects studio in Sydney. He scanned the characters from his wife's Japanese cookbooks. 'Without that code, there is no Matrix.'"
The next time someone tries to discuss the intricacies of The Matrix with you, possibly making you feel dumb for not understanding the blue pill, the red pill, and all that pseudo-existentialist BS, you can go ahead and say, "Yeah, well, The Matrix Code is basically just a recipe for a California Roll". Of course, you can go swap out California Roll for your preferred sushi choice. Whatever you see fit, y'all!