The Matrix Resurrections – A wasted opportunity

By DMRI | Dippy Frude's Trippy Thoughts | 20 Dec 2021

fdc593893c8c6590c833a4d0c4f222007b4510980fe8632321e5680e2a571a74.jpgThe Matrix Resurrections – the fourth installment of the Matrix franchise, returned to cinemas last week. It will be released in United States theaters and on HBO Max on December 22, 2021. Lana Wachowski returns as director with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity respectively. Hugo Weaving and Laurence Fishburne are not part of the cast as the iconic Agent Smith and Morpheus.

The movie has a ‘meta’ approach referencing the earlier movies, with Neo (or Thomas Anderson in his Matrix avatar) playing the designer for ‘The Matrix’ game. He’s entrenched in the Matrix, relying on blue pills prescribed by the shady ‘Analyst’ to maintain a sense of sanity. His interest in Trinity (or Tiffany in her Matrix avatar) triggers vague memories of her from a possible previous life. Neo’s journey back to reality, his efforts to remind Trinity of their truth and their escape from the Matrix form the key elements of the plot.

The movie reflects the zeitgeist of our reality – our obsession with technology as we are immersed in a digital matrix. There is commentary about the politics of our urban culture and the mental health issues that the younger generation faces. There are some obvious references about the importance of women in government.

I enjoyed some of these elements, especially the corrupt nature of control exerted on our lives by any authority. Some of the action scenes are alright, but they are nothing comparable to the fight choreography of the original. I am trying hard to come up with positives, but the movie makes it very difficult. The acting isn’t groundbreaking, but it’s good to see Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss again on the big screen. There’s a lot of exposition. With a two-and-a-half-hour runtime, the exposition slows down the momentum of the story.

Whilst I can appreciate the upgrade to the Matrix and the real world, these aspects cannot compromise on telling a fulfilling story. I feel that a lot of people will be disappointed with the ending of the movie. It’s good to see that Trinity is as important as Neo, but the ending elevates Trinity at the expense of Neo. There can be female protagonists in a movie, but both male and female protagonists can complement each other. Is it too much to ask for Neo and Trinity fighting back-to-back against the Agents?

The Matrix Resurrections was the last movie that I was looking forward to in 2021. I wanted to see some interesting, philosophical takes. There’s been an overdose of nostalgia over the past five years, and it’s sad that there’s been sub-par recycling of old movies. I hope that there’s something exciting and new in 2022.

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