After 18 years we’re finally re-entering The Matrix. Almost two decades on from the hugely disappointing The Matrix Revolutions comes The Matrix Resurrections. Directed by Lana Wachowski, this fourth film in the franchise once again sees Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss return as Neo and Trinity.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Christina Ricci co-star, while Jada Pinkett Smith also returns as Niobe.
This is a hugely impressive trailer with striking visuals – but will the film pack the same world-changing punch as The Matrix did back in 1999? It’s doubtful, but it does seem to echo a lot of the visual motifs from the first movie – but with a 21st Century update. The Matrix Resurrections looks good but is it leaning too heavily on nostalgia for the 1999 original? I think it might be. That’s okay if it’s good.
Just one qualm – oculdn’t they have given Keanu Reeves a wee bit of a haircut so that he doesn’t look so much like John Wick? Having said that – he does appear to get a buzzcut once he’s ‘unplugged
The Matrix is one of the defining movies in cinema history. It came from nowhere back in 1999 and changed the face of how science fiction and action movies were made. The Wachowskis tapped into something that Hollywood didn’t know audiences wanted and it gave the world ‘bullet time’, ‘wire-fu’ and manga influenced sci-fi action philosophy. Simply put, nobody had seen anything like The Matrix when it was released in March 1999.
The first film grossed $171 million in the US and over $463 million globally. The Matrix Reloaded scored $281 million domestically and $742 million worldwide, while The Matrix Revolutions saw the heat cool, but it still banked $139 million domestically and $427 million on a global level. These are still serious numbers that hold up – so it’s easy to see why Warner Bros wanted to try and get back into the Matrix business.
The Matrix Resurrections will hit cinemas and HBO Max on December 22 2021.