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In the beginning of the movie, Neo follows the "white rabbit" to a club. There Trinity tells him that he already knows "the question".

He does, it is "What's the matrix?" and this is indeed what he answers.

But how does he know this question already? Did somebody tell him? Was it a rumour on the web?

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In terms of the theatrical movie, it's not really apparent what Neo does (or doesn't) know about The Matrix at the start of the film. Certainly he's been trying to get into contact with Morpheus, a known cyber-criminal, for reasons that aren't really clear and he seems to have some idea that the world isn't right, but can't find any way to vocalise it. He has what Morpheus refers to as a 'splinter in his mind'.

Trinity tells him that...

The Matrix has you...

...shortly before Choi and DuJour turn up at his apartment and take him to the nightclub, so we know he's heard about the Matrix at least once before his conversation with her.


In earlier versions of the script, Neo is watching other hackers discussing rumours about something called the Matrix. None of them have a clue what it is, but they do know it's something shady.

We are on-line, inside a chat room called "The Matrix." It is an exklusive web-site where hackers hang out.

[SCREEN]
JACKON: I heard Morpheus has been on this board.
SUPERASTIC: Morpheus doesn't even exist and the Matrix is nothing but an advertising gimmick 4 a new game.
TIMAXE: All I want to know is Trinity really a girl?
LODIII: 87% of all women on line are really men.
QUARK: The Matrix is a euphemism for the government.
SUPERASTIC: No, The Matrix is the system controlling our lives.
TIMAXE: You mean MTV.
SUPERASTIC: I mean Sega.
FOS4: ALL HAIL SEGA!!!

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    "The Matrix has you..." that indeed explains it, thanks! – Ytsen de Boer Sep 9 '20 at 10:11
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    I can confirm this chat exchange is realistic. – David Tonhofer Sep 9 '20 at 17:40
  • "gimmick 4 a new game" I guess the hackers are so 7331 that it shows up even in their speech. – Acccumulation Sep 10 '20 at 23:55

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