Harry Situation Reviews: The Matrix Resurrections
A fourth Matrix film? Whoa.
The Matrix Resurrections is the fourth film in The Matrix series, this time solely directed by Lana Wachowski. It features the return of Keanu Reeves, Carrie Anne-Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith as Neo, Trinity, and Niobe. It also stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Morpheus, Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Ricci, and Jonathan Groff as Smith.
Having saved humanity and brought an end to the war with machines in The Matrix Revolutions, Neo lives once more. However it seems he and Trinity find themselves back inside the Matrix, with no memory of their previous lives. Jessica Henwick and a new Morpheus comes in to bring their cyber Jesus out of the Matrix for reasons and I guess we have our fourth Matrix movie.
I was surprised to see that there was in fact a fourth Matrix movie being released. This was a movie that I thought never would be made. It's been eighteen years since the last The Matrix Revolutions, which was set to end the trilogy. There have been rumors that a fourth film was in development but was stuck in development hell. Eventually, everybody had just given up, until now. So was this film worth waiting eighteen years for? Um, not really, if I'm being honest here.
So the stuff I like first. I like seeing Keanu and Anne-Moss come back as Neo and Trinity. They had such a dynamic in the trilogy that it's hard to have a Matrix film without them. And they're still fantastic together. They still have amazing chemistry and play off each other really well.
I do like the concepts this film does introduce. They don't willfully ignore what happened in Revolutions. Humanity and machines have found a way to coexist together. Sure I guess the Sentinels are still a threat in this sequel but there are machines and programs that live peacefully with humans. And there interactions together are a sight to behold. This, however, led to civil war among the machines. Again, it's an interesting concept that can be expanded and explored.
And visually, the film looks really nice. This is the best visual looking Matrix movie since the first movie. Some of the machines look incredible with a mix of practical and visual effects.
Sadly, that's where all the positives end because, as I mentioned earlier, this movie isn't great. One of the problems I had is that while watching the movie I felt like not much really progressed. Not a lot happens in this sequel. There's not a lot of action, only more talking. Hell, there really isn't many Kung Fu scenes in this sequel. Can you imagine that? If there's one thing that comes to mind about The Matrix it's the incredible Kung Fu action scenes. This film only had one Kung Fu scene that I could think that had any significance and that was the fight between Neo and the new Smith.
Let's talk about that real quick. I'm not down with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II replacing Lawrence Fishburne and Jonathan Groff replacing Hugo Weaving. They don't quite offer the same charm or personality as the previous actors. I mean how can you have a Matrix movie without two stars who also helped make up the Matrix along with Keanu and Carrie? To be fair, they weren't bad in this movie. Unfortunately, I just didn't see them as the characters they're meant to be, and I couldn't help but compare them to the actors who had played those characters. They just seem subpar in comparison.
This film goes way too meta. Now I enjoy when a movie or show goes meta on itself, but the way this movie took it was to an extreme. It's revealed that Neo made a successful video game franchise coincidentally called The Matrix. In fact it was a trilogy of video games, most likely based on the three films. And then there's a scene where Neo and this one guy are talking and the guy mentions that Warner Bros. is moving forward with a sequel to the trilogy with or without them. I mean that's way too on the nose right there. I felt like the movie kept winking at me to let me know how meta and self aware it was, but instead of me thinking it was being cute and clever it just gave me a headache. I'm wondering if this was an actual conversation between Warner Bros. and the Wachowskis.
Ultimately, this film suffers the same fate as the other Matrix sequels. It tries to be so much more and so deep and philosophical that it gets its head stuck up its own ass. It's cool to return to the Matrix with our favorite characters but it really doesn't have anything to offer other than nostalgia, which tells be that was what Warner Bros. was banking on. Sadly, the film felt five to ten years too late. It suffers that same fate as the other Matrix sequels: trying to be so much more while falling flat.
-Keanu & Carrie
-Some cool new concepts
-Great visual effects
-Not much happens
-Lack of Kung Fu
-Way too meta
Final Grade: C-
So those are my thoughts on The Matrix Resurrections. Have you seen it? What were your thoughts on it? What is your favorite scene from The Matrix? Please be kind, leave a like and comment, and check out more reviews on Prose in 2022!
Neo: "I still know Kung Fu."
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