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.