The Matrix Resurrections 2021 Movie Review
This R-rating shouldn’t come as a surprise to fans of The Matrix as all three previous instalments – The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions – were also rated R for “brief sexuality” and “sci-fi violence.” With all four films in the franchise receiving this age rating, it’s safe to assume The Matrix Resurrections will also feature the series’ signature violent gunfights and hand-to-hand combat sequences.
The Matrix Resurrections is a continuation of the story established in the first MATRIX film. It reunites Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss as cinematic icons Neo & Trinity in an expansion of their story that ventures back into the Matrix and even deeper down the rabbit hole.
A mind-bending new adventure with action and epic scale, it’s set in a familiar yet even more provocative world where reality is more subjective than ever and all that’s required to see the truth is to free your mind.
Twenty years after the first film, the franchise that helped define pop culture at the turn of the century is back for a continuation and extension of the original movie. The Matrix remains in the zeitgeist as a film that has changed the way we look at cinema and reality itself. With its game-changing action and visual effects, The Matrix helped pave the way for films to follow.”
The Matrix Resurrections reunites original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss alongside Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman), Jessica Henwick (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens), Jonathan Groff (Mindhunter), Neil Patrick Harris (Gone Girl), Priyanka Chopra Jonas (Quantico), Christina Ricci (The Addams Family), Telma Hopkins (Dead to Me), Eréndira Ibarra (Sense8), Toby Onwumere (Empire), Max Riemelt (Sense8), Brian J. Smith (Treadstone), and Jada Pinkett Smith (Angel Has Fallen).
Warner Bros. has revealed this morning what we first saw at CinemaCon, the trailer for The Matrix Resurrections. Why the more-than-two week delay? Because the studio’s James Wan movie Malignant is opening this weekend in cinemas (and on HBO Max). In recent years, Warners has typically debuted a fresh trailer for a hot film on top of another hot title that’s opening; i.e. the Birds of Prey trailer timed to It: Chapter Two exactly two years ago, and the Tenet 40-second teaser which ran with Hobbs & Shaw during the first weekend of August, 2019.
If you read our previous post below, you’ll finally be able to match all the words with images and understand what we’re talking about. The Matrix Resurrections, co-produced by the franchise’s long-time financier Village Roadshow, is a reboot and sequel of sorts: Keanu Reeves’ Neo and Carrie Anne Moss’ Trinity live in a near future San Francisco, and it’s though their memories have been swiped. They’ve been reset and the movie looks to be about how they regain their power. Neo is taking the blue pills, which keep in line with the reality around him. But then there’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s Morpheus-like character who lures Neo to live a life on the red pill, complete with a return to Kung-fu training. Jessica Henwick looks to be a fighter on the alternative reality side of life much in the way that Jada Pinkett Smith’s Niobe was in the earlier movies.
The Matrix Resurrections is set for release on Dec. 22 in theaters and on HBO Max and in a clever marketing spin, the tag line in posters is “The Choice is Yours”.