The Matrix occupies an odd place in cinematic history, in that the mixed reception to the later installments tend to overshadow just how influential and groundbreaking that original 1999 movie was. Nearly twenty years after its original release, The Matrix remains one of the most engrossing, thought-provoking pieces of action/sci-fi storytelling in cinema, with a central plot that plays on cultural fears of rapidly advancing technology and a whole lot of Kung fu fighting for good measure. While The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions failed to live up to their predecessor — which, in retrospect, was a pretty overwhelming task the Wachowskis probably would have had a difficult time accomplishing regardless — they’re still worthy and essential additions to the series, warts and all.
If it’s been a while since you’ve watched the Matrix trilogy, there’s a good chance you’ve forgotten just how jam-packed these movies are with Easter eggs and other fascinating secrets; a byproduct, no doubt, of the wide-ranging influences the Wachowskis were working with. Here are 20 hidden details you may not have noticed across all three Matrix films.