January 27, 2022

The Matrix Resurrections- “Where originality mattered.”


The Matrix…A computer simulated world designed for one purpose and one purpose only. To keep humanity in check while the machines use humans bio electricity and body warmth to feed off of as a power supply.

When you think of all the action films that have come out from the late nineties to present day there still isn’t one that comes close to that concept. A franchise so action filled, so dramatic that it would make you question your own sanity. A franchise everyone knows as The Matrix.

Now i cant speak for everyone but It was all pretty much a shock when i found out that Neo and Trinity will be returning to the big screen for a fourth addition to the Matrix franchise. It almost seemed like a dream that these beloved characters would be coming back with a brand new story filled with crazy bullet time sequences, insane kung fu fighting and gun fights only navy seals get wet dreams over.

And I’m not gonna lie. I had a lot riding on this movie. I thought “this is it” I’m finally going to get the answers of what happened to Neo after his battle with Agent smith or smith as he became for the last two movies movies and the rest of the awakened humanity at Zion.

keanu reeves and Carrie Anne Moss as Neo and Trinity

Streaming on HBO max on December 22nd at 3am eastern standard time I spent the entirety of the movie glued to my screen my eyes only blinking so that they were lubricated enough to watch. I was amazed and horrified, thrilled and full of anxiety i couldn’t believe it. And then suddenly the credits rolled out and i couldn’t help but feel a sense of…disappointment.

Now let me clarify i wasn’t disappointed at any of the actors performance, i felt that Neo was still beautifully portrayed by Keanu Reeves and its as if Carrie-Anne Moss never even left the set and waited for this movie. Even Yahya Abdul-Mateen II who plays Morpheus or is at least Morpheus’s essence that was coded inside of the matrix even gave a surprising performance that made me think i was watching Laurence fishburn on the screen.

Morpheus played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

I felt dissapointed because while the characters were great i felt the plot was severely lacking. I mean Neo is back in the matrix and his cover story that was concocted for him is that he’s a big game designer that created a game called the Matrix. That every action in the past three movies was just a game to him and not real at all. Not only that but Neal Patrick Harris is his therapist who turns out to be the machine that created this new version of the matrix and has almost the same narcissistic traits as smith? And that’s another thing, Smith was destroyed by Neo so that the humans and the machines could live together in peace yet there he is essentially playing as his best friend.

Now what is funny about all this is that they did address the fact that Hollywood cant help but remake movies instead of bringing new and innovative ideas to the big screen. This was done when Neo and his new crew came across an old advisory the Frenchman or The Merovingian played by Lambert Wilson. Stating that ” We had grace. We had style.We had conversation. Not this…[mimics text message sound] Art, films, books were all better. Originality mattered!”

That line while funny and true it still brought me to a standstill because i couldn’t help but think “that son of a bitch is right”. Maybe this movie shouldn’t have come out. Maybe it is a little to much of a reboot. But that’s just one persons opinion and something tells me that this may not be the last we hear of the matrix franchise.

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