The Matrix Resurrections: A movie that shouldn't have been made

Henry Aung / 2 years ago

If you are a software developer, architect or your job relates to tech in someway, and born in the 80s, The Matrix would be one of the top films that you will like (along with the Terminator series).

The Matrix is one of my favorite films since when I was a teenager, not only because of it's ground-breaking visuals (particularly bullet-time effect) and deep philosophical underpinnings that impacted me for years to come.

So naturally, I have a soft-spot for anything to do with The Matrix; from sunglasses to the Matrix code-rain screensaver on my computers and laptops.

However, when The Matrix Resurrections was announced around mid 2021, I was less than excited to be honest (after so many good film franchises ruined by various remakes and reboots), and especially after I saw the trailer.

The Trailer

The trailer looks almost exactly like The Matrix part 1 with older and alternate actors; such as..

Neo waking-up from the pod (again):

the "Alice in the Wonderland" book,

Morpheus giving Neo Blue-pill / Red-pill (again):

Neo following the lady with the "White Rabbit" (again):

And Morpheus training Neo in the construct (again):

 

IMPORTANT

SPOILERS AHEAD.

 

The Film

However, against my better judgement, I went ahead and watch it at the theaters. It was disappointing to say the least; 30 mins in, I almost fell asleep!

The story goes like this; the movie opened with almost exactly the same opening as the Matrix where the Trinity is being traced by agents. However, before long, we found out it is actually inside a computer game being developed by a Thomas Anderson (i.e. Neo) called The Matrix..

Yes, they made all three previous Matrix films into a nothing more than a virtual-reality "game" that is inside another computer program (i.e. Matrix within a Matrix fan-made theory!).

Luckily, the movie progressed into a less "deus ex machina" plot by revealing that it was just a "psyop" by the Matrix "handlers" to gaslight Neo's past memory; Neo and Trinity are actually resurrected by the machines and their bodies are inserted back into the Matrix and asleep.

So almost the entire movie revolves around people from the real-world trying to unplug Neo (and Trinity) from the Matrix and back into the real world; with Morpheus being nothing more than a digital clone (as the real Morpheus was murdered in the Matrix Online game storyline, but not before his digital-copy was saved).

Neo being "guided" by Morpheus (again)

Not only was I right about The Matrix Resurrections being just a rehash of the The Matrix part 1, every 15 mins or so, the director decided to cut-in actual scenes from the previous Matrix movies, making almost a quarter of The Matrix Resurrections just copy-paste of scenes from the previous Matrix movies.

The film "attempts" to address (or update) the commentary of the "sleeping masses":

Unfortunately, it was a "hit and miss" exercise at best..

The visuals are maybe one of the most redeemable part of the film I would say, as the film appears to favor realistic looking stunt-work more than fake CGI characters in action scenes:

The ending is not only cringe worthy; the ending-credits are accompanied by the song Rage Against the Machines - Wake Up; the same ending song from the Matrix part 1, while Neo and Trinity flew away hand-in-hand.

Déjà vu! (kind of)

The Matrix Resurrection is just a fan-fiction quality and just a "cash-in" from vulnerable hard-core fans by the Whachowskis.

It should have never been made as there is no new stories to add, no new special effects to showcase, and there have already been many more films made in the past 20 years that have addressed the reality / virtual-reality topic (such as Inception, various Black Mirror episodes, and of course The Altered Carbon).

However, it could have been worse; it could have been as bad as The Terminator Dark Fate, but it is only as bad as The Terminator Genisys.

For that, it is a watchable film just for the nostalgia value, nothing more.

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