April 8, 2014

Mano-A-Mano: Agent Smith vs. Neo – The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix has so many iconic moments and remains one of the most innovative action movies of all time.

In this climactic scene Agent Smith, (played to perfection by Hugo Weaving) has an epic martial arts fight with Neo (Keanu Reeves). The fights look so well done because they are choreographed by one other than Yuen Woo-ping (director of Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow & Drunken Master).

Neo is beginning to believe that just maybe he could be “The One” who can save mankind from enslavement to machines… because we aren’t already.

I love how the scene opens like an old Western; the gunslingers staring each other down with the random newspaper blowing past.

Then the action starts with guns, bullet-time and kung-fu… and a legendary scene was born.

The cast trained for six months to prepare for this movie and you can see it on the screen.

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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