From Neo’s awakening to Agent Smith’s omniscience: how well do you know The Matrix?

The Matrix is returning! But how much do you remember about the original films? Take our quiz to find out how plugged-in you really are

The Matrix is more than a blockbuster movie franchise, more than a cultural touchstone, more than an epic sizzle reel for philosophical speeches delivered by a dude in a trenchcoat with nose-clip sunglasses. With the first instalment arriving in 1999, positioned at the edge of the good old 90s and the impending doom of the 21st century, The Matrix became a credible(ish) way of explaining the universe (pre-empting the simulation theory, which arrived soon after) and even spawned its own quasi-religion, “Matrixism”.

Written and directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski, much of the original trilogy was filmed in a computer simulation known as Australia: not the most advanced program in the world, but it did the job. With the trailer for the belated fourth instalment, The Matrix Resurrections, having arrived last week ahead of the film’s release in Australian cinemas on 1 January, the world is poised to once again see through the veneer of existence and accept that our lives are merely bits of code engineered by aliens.

So, how well do you know The Matrix? How many times have you stared at a silver spoon and tried to bend it with your mind? Put your knowledge to the test below and remember: we can only show you the door; you’re the one that has to walk through it.


Luke Buckmaster

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Hugo Weaving on revisiting The Matrix: 'They would start again with different actors'
On the press circuit for ABC TV’s Seven Types of Ambiguity, Weaving talks blockbusters, passion projects and why he’s ‘a bit of a luddite’

Luke Buckmaster

17, Apr, 2017 @8:22 PM

Article image
Licorice Pizza, The Matrix and Macbeth: new films to watch in Australia over the holidays
Oscar potentials, indie gems and blockbuster revivals: here’s our guide to what to watch on Boxing Day 2021 and beyond

Michael Sun

16, Dec, 2021 @4:30 PM

Article image
From Pure Heroine to Solar Power: how well do you know Lorde? | Shaad d'Souza
The New Zealand star has a dedicated fanbase – some of whom were thrown by her latest album’s aesthetic shift. How devoted are you? Take our quiz

Shaad D'Souza

27, Aug, 2021 @8:00 PM

Article image
Down periscope! How well do you know submarines?
Was a royal family member once stuck in a manhole? Where is Australia’s first submarine? Test your nautical knowledge with our quick quiz

Tory Shepherd

08, Oct, 2021 @7:00 PM

Article image
Why I'd like to be … Hugo Weaving in The Matrix

My Indiana Jones period is over – these days, I identify more with the ultimate middle-management jobsworth: Agent Smith, writes Phil Hoad

Phil Hoad

09, Jul, 2014 @6:30 AM

Article image
From fruit salad to hot potato: how well do you know the Wiggles?
It is time for the slog of early parenthood to pay off. Get your pointer fingers ready and test your Wiggles knowledge in our quick quiz

Andrew P Street

22, Oct, 2021 @7:00 PM

Article image
Keanu Reeves set to return for The Matrix 4
The $1.6bn sci-fi franchise is returning with Lana Wachowski at the helm and the original stars back in front of the camera

Benjamin Lee

20, Aug, 2019 @8:41 PM

Article image
The Matrix at 20: how the sci-fi gamechanger remains influential
In 1999, the sci-fi thriller became an instant pop culture phenomenon and in the years since, its influence on the industry and audiences has endured

Scott Tobias

28, Mar, 2019 @7:00 AM

Article image
The Matrix Resurrections trailer: Neo disappears back down the rabbit hole
Is that Morpheus? What are those blue pills for? And will this be the same old story told for a fourth different time?

Ben Child

09, Sep, 2021 @3:39 PM

Article image
Matrix party ‘disguised as film shoot’ to bypass German Covid rules
Keanu Reeves among 200 people at studio party where guests came as extras, say report

Kate Connolly in Berlin and Chris Michael

13, Nov, 2020 @3:23 PM