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The Matrix: Resurrections Movie Review: a wacky reboot that’s both thrilling and tiresome

Review of The Matrix Resurrections: The Matrix wants us to wonder whether choice is really an illusion. Studio demands undoubtedly influenced the choice to relaunch Neo. But it is choice, not illusion, that triumphs.

The Matrix: Resurrections Movie Review: a wacky reboot that’s both thrilling and tiresome
Photo Credit: Warner Bros

Story: The Matrix: Resurrections, the fourth installment in the franchise, returns two decades after it first rocked the sci-fi world with a strong and timely Meta resurrection storyline.

Review: The spectacular reunion (wink wink) in the most recent Spider-man film came first, and now the Matrix is back. The Matrix universe has returned, so dust out your leather jackets, vinyl pants, motorcycle boots, bicycles, and futuristic eyewear. Is there anything else we could say? This December will bring back a lot of memories for movie buffs. Linda Hamilton’s return to the Terminator franchise two years ago was the last time this happened. Is it, however, worth the wait for the Matrix to be resurrected?

The Matrix: Resurrections Official Trailer

The Matrix Resurrections – Official Trailer 1, by Warner Bros. Pictures

There was a red pill and a blue pill before the red light, the green light of Squid Game. Isn’t it true that everything in life boils down to a series of decisions? It’s been more than two decades since the Wachowskis examined the human-AI struggle and left you blissfully entangled in their complicated realm of virtual reality. We were forced to rethink our own existence and two lives through Neo (Keanu Reeves). The storyline is all the more pertinent and thought-provoking in this day and age of super-intelligent machines. Lana Wachowski takes Thomas/Neo on another surreal journey, this time to a place where he has lost his hold on reality. Only Wachowski brilliance can create such a complicated and engaging plot.

Photo Credit: Warner Bros’s The Matrix Resurrections (2021), IMDb

While the Matrix trilogy’s action choreography and creative visual effects garnered its cult status (bullet time), the film’s essential idea was overshadowed by these aspects. This time, Lana takes the movie in a philosophical rather than action-oriented path, with Neo-Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) love at its centerpiece. This is a two-edged blade, as the iconic action isn’t as strong as you’d like, which is a drawback. Scenes are long and dismal in places, despite the fact that they are moving.

The amusing self-references are quite effective. To your satisfaction, the movie makes fun of its own. “Reboots sell, don’t they?” say the show’s creators. This resurrection isn’t as thrilling as the others, but it provides a solid foundation for the successors.

Keanu Reeves exudes a sense of insecurity. You have to question if he’s sure he wants to return to this cult persona after two decades. Even after all these years, Carrie-Anne Moss seems more at ease in her role. Agent Smith is played superbly by Jonathan Groff, and Priyanka Chopra oozes courage and calm in her little but pivotal part.

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This is a trippy reboot that is both thrilling and exhausting. It also necessitates familiarity with the series. We recommend that you watch the first two films in the trilogy before watching this one.


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