The Matrix


Maybe no movie demonstrates the political murkiness of dystopian storytelling more than The Matrix from 1999, it is probably one of the most influential movies and franchises of the genre. The Matrix follows the story of Neo, a hacker who wakes up from a false reality to find that human beings are kept asleep by the anesthetizing pleasures of life as we think we know it by an A.I. that harvest humans for energy.

As Neo fights to destroy the Matrix and return liberation to humanity, but the leader of the human phantom security team designed to guard the Matric, Agent Smith, would not make it easy for him. For the rest of the Matrix franchise, our literally woke heroes fight in bullet time to wake the sleeping masses and hopefully save the future of humanity.

The Matrix series was written and directed by The Wachowskis. The first movie in the series was a massive hit when it was released in 1999. It starred Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano.

“I know Kung Fu”

Soon after Neo is freed from the Matrix, he and Morpheus decide to do some epic training. Neo needs level up and learn that what is real isn’t really real. When in virtual reality, the reality of the Matrix itself is all in your brain. It is simply a matter of bending matter (and reality).

“Do you believe that my being stronger or faster has anything to do with my muscles in this place? Do you think that’s air you’re breathing now?”

– Morpheus

The saying ‘I know Kung Fu’ and many similar sayings have also been used in other movies and series. This scene is, without doubt, one of the most memorable scenes in history and it’s one of my favorites for being so awesome.

“I know kung fu.”

– Neo

This article is part of the series Iconic Scenes from Science Fiction