A review of the new blockbuster “The Matrix Resurrections”

“The Matrix” (1999) was a brilliantly original movie; “The Matrix Reloaded” (mid 2003) was enjoyable but lacked the originality of the first segment; “The Matrix Revolutions” (late 2003) was a disappointment with much of the same and no satisfactory explanation of what it was all about. Now 18 years later we have “The Matrix Resurrections”.

So did we need a fourth component of the franchise? Not really, but it’s enjoyable fun even if it adds nothing significant to the narrative.

Of course, things change in two decades. The directors of the first three films, Larry and Andy Wachowski, have now transgendered and are known as Lana and Lilly Wachowski (only the first directed this time). Keeanu Reeves has had recent success in the “John Wick” franchise, but Carrie-Anne Moss has been very much under the radar.

Both the characters they played – Neo and Trinity – died in “The Matrix Revolutions” but have been resurrected – hence the title – for this film. Both the actors who play them are now almost two decades older but look great. Other roles, however, are now played by different actors which can be a bit confusing, as if these films were not confusing enough. 

In short, there’s nothing really new here but it all looks so good (especially on the big screen which is where you should see it). At a time when the global pandemic is still running its course, “Nothing comforts anxiety like a little nostalgia” (to quote the new Morpheus). 


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