Matrix Resurrections Review: 2022| Dried up by the Hollywood Machine!
There isn’t much time left before we’re back in The Matrix. The fourth film’s title, The Matrix Resurrections, was officially announced in August 2021 (as a leak had claimed), and the first trailer for the film premiered on September 9, 2021.
Lana Wachowski has been attached to write and direct The Matrix 4, which was announced all the way back in August of this year. The idea of coming back to the franchise was “expressly unappealing” to Lilly Wachowski, so she opted out.
We’ll get into why Laurence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving probably won’t be returning along with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss. As promised, without further ado, here is everything you need to know about The Matrix Resurrections.
Due to production delays, the original May 21, 2021 release date for The Matrix 4 in the United Kingdom and the United States has been pushed back to April 1, 2022. The original date of early November was pushed back to late December, and then again.
All of Warner Bros.’ 2021 films will premiere in theatres and on HBO Max simultaneously in the United States, so on the same day that Neo returns to the big screen, December 22, 2021, subscribers to the streaming service will also be able to watch the film at home.
The first trailer premiered on August 24 at CinemaCon and was made available to the public on September 9 via online streaming.
You can rewatch it up top or down below, and we’ve solved all the trailer’s mysteries right here. We don’t claim to have found all of the solutions, but we have made some headway.
Review Average: 3.0/5.0
Story: The Matrix is back for its fourth instalment, stirring up the sci-fi world twenty years after its initial success with a Meta-resurrection tale that packs a punch.
Following the “epic reunion” (wink wink) of the cast of the newest Spider-Man film, we now have the return of the Matrix. The Matrix universe has arrived, so dust off your leather jackets, vinyl pants, motorcycle boots, bikes, and futuristic sunglasses.
What else can we say? For movie buffs, December 2017 is jam-packed with throwbacks. Linda Hamilton’s return to the Terminator franchise was the last time anything like this occurred, and that was two years ago. Is it going to be worth it to see the Matrix resurrected, though?
Red pill blue pill existed before the Red light, green light of Squid Game. Isn’t that what life is all about? It’s been over 20 years since the Wachowskis left you gloriously lost in their complex virtual reality world as they explored the human vs. AI conflict. Neo (Keanu Reeves) made us question our own existence and whether or not we actually lead two lives.
The story’s relevance and impact are amplified in the age of artificial intelligence and supercomputers. Once again, Lana Wachowski sends Thomas/Neo on a dreamlike journey, where he loses touch with reality and finds himself in a surreal place. The Wachowskis’ unique creativity is required to weave such a stimulating and intricate tale.
Despite the Matrix trilogy’s cult status (bullet time), its central theme was overshadowed by the impressive action choreography and groundbreaking visual effects. This time, Lana guides the film more toward philosophy than action, with love in the Neo-Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) at its centre. This is both a blessing and a curse, as the lack of more iconic action is a disappointment. While the scenes are often very moving, they can also be extremely drawn out.
What works very well are the humorous references to the work itself. The movie makes fun of itself, which will likely make you laugh. The creators of the shows all seem to agree: “Reboots sell, don’t they?” In and of itself, this rebirth lacks the drama of the original, but it serves as a strong setup for future instalments.
When you watch Keanu Reeves, you might get the impression that he has some serious doubts about his abilities. You have to wonder if, after two decades, he is still completely sold on this cult character. Even after all these years, Carrie-Anne Moss seems more at ease in her role. Agent Smith (Jonathan Groff) is excellent, and Priyanka Chopra, in a small but significant role, exudes bravery and composure.
This is a trippy reboot that is both thrilling and taxing. A familiarity with the series’ canon is also helpful. If you haven’t seen the first two films in the trilogy, you should do so before watching this one.
The official synopsis is, predictably, hazy, only hinting at Neo’s potential return to the Matrix. The trailer has provided us with the information we need.
The twenty years that have passed since The Matrix Revolutions have found Neo leading a normal life under the name Thomas A. Anderson and medicating away his “hallucinations” with blue pills.
However, things take a bizarre turn when he encounters a woman he thinks he recognises (it’s Trinity!), but neither of them can place the other. When he finally runs into Morpheus, he’ll be offered a red pill to take that will restore his memories of The Matrix. Apparently, Bugs is among the rebels he joins up with to take on this new foe.
The film, says Yahya Madul-Abteen II, who plays one of the leads, is “so relevant” because it “touches on themes people should be talking about in 2020, 2021, 2022.” The director, Keanu Reeves, has hinted at the film’s “I think it’s a beautiful script for a love story, and it’s another version of a call to wake up. This stuff is funny… It’s packed with exciting moments. Eventually, the truth will come out.”
There will be groundbreaking special effects, as is customary for a Matrix film. In the same way that, you know, she created a style back then, Lana is doing some really interesting things on a technical level,” said Henwick, gushing with excitement.
Both Neo and Trinity, played by Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, return despite dying at the end of The Matrix Revolutions, as we’ve already mentioned. Reeves gave this reason for his return: “The script and story that Lana Wachowski wrote touched me deeply. There is no other justification for it.”
Likewise, Jada Pinkett Smith, who played Niobe in both The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, will be making a return to the franchise.
Though Monica Bellucci returns as the Merovingian’s wife, Persephone, she has been conspicuously absent from promotional materials.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, known for his roles in Aquaman and Watchmen, joins the cast in an exciting new role as a “alternate version” of Morpheus.
The original Morpheus, Laurence Fishburne, said he was “not invited” to be in the fourth film. Later, he admitted that he didn’t know the reason he hadn’t returned: “You’d have to ask Lana Wachowski why, ’cause I don’t have an answer to that.”
Marvel and Game of Thrones star Jessica Henwick plays the pivotal role of Bugs, and Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) has praised the cosy set up for filming.
Jonathan Groff, of Mindhunter and Frozen fame, joined Priyanka Chopra and the rest of the cast as Smith. Cast: Spartacus’ Ellen Hollman, iZombie’s Andrew Caldwell, and Jonas as Sati (the role was originated by Tanveer K Atwal in The Matrix Revolutions).
In addition to Brian J. Smith as Berg, Toby Onwumere as Sequoia, and Eréndira Ibarra as Lexy, fans of Sense8 will recognise a few other actors. Christina Ricci was announced as a co-star in June 2021, long after filming had finished.
Hugo Weaving, another original trilogy star, confirmed in January 2020 that he would not be returning because “they’re pushing on ahead without me.” Gina Torres, who played Cas in the first three films but won’t be in the fourth, has said she isn’t “bitter” about not being in it. She also noted that there are cast members who “died” in the first three films.
Frequently Asked Questions
Did Audiences Reject Matrix: Resurrection?
So far, The Matrix Resurrections has only earned $427.3 million worldwide, a far cry from the $466.6 million that the first The Matrix film made, as well as the even more impressive amount made by the more recent The Matrix Reloaded.
Will There Soon Be a Matrix 5?
Warner Bros. has yet to announce The Matrix 5 as of September 2022. Even so, the conclusion of the fourth film teased future instalments, raising fan anticipation. After watching so many films in the Matrix series, we know there are no true happy endings.