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The Matrix Resurrections (2021) - Movie Review

⁶To find out if his reality is a physical or mental construct, Mr. Anderson, aka Neo, will have to choose to follow the white rabbit once more. If he’s learned anything, it’s that choice, while an illusion, is still the only way out of — or into — the Matrix. Neo already knows what he has to do, but what he doesn’t yet know is that the Matrix is stronger, more secure and far more hazardous than ever before.

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To be precise, The Matrix Resurrections is the point where everything makes sense from the start. It’s a reboot of the original Matrix trilogy into more advanced and high-tech tunnel of hidden mysteries where nearly sixty years have passed since the truce between humans and machines was formed. The name itself has the word, “Resurrections”, the clarification is true that Neo was never dead, he was in fact brought back to Life and was taken care of by machines all these years. But this time being imprisoned in the “unreal” world of reconstructed Matrix, Neo has to fight his mental abilities to get out and discover the buried truth that’s happening with him in present.

Directed by Lana Wachowski, The Matrix Resurrections is an outright masterpiece that continues the Matrix trilogy in it’s fourth position by describing the trilogy within the film, as if it was all planned out accordingly and made into an actual Virtual Reality subject. Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) showcased as an elite Interactive Game Designer working for a company called Deus Machina is a sign that how he is detained within the artificial world from the reality after being resurrected. The company highlights the previous matrix trilogy as a game created by Thomas and now the entire team discusses about taking a step ahead with the story, and all this is happening within the film in the first half, for the company Matrix is all about dodging bullets, lots of guns, cool action fights, the  ultimate storyline of the game, how amazing! And let’s just not forget how Reeves has performed in more than an excellent manner, the expressions and feelings that he portrays in the film shows how well versed he still is with the story of trilogy. It’s as if he has worked recently in The Matrix Revolutions.

The Matrix Resurrections (2021) - Movie Review

The most reality-shifting proposal of the movie is to frame “The Matrix” as a new type of simulation, one that was created by Thomas inside the actual Matrix, as taken from his dreams that come from consuming a blue pill daily, instead of the eye-opening red pill he took in the original 1999 Matrix film. And yet like many of the Warner Bros.-related meta redirections, it all ends up adding so very little to the bigger picture.

“The Matrix Resurrections” brings back the love story of Trinity (Carrie Anne Moss) and Neo, our two cyber heroes whose romantic bond gave the earlier films a sense of pessimism larger than the apocalypse at hand. But here, they are strangers to each other, even though the video game character Trinity created by Thomas looks almost like Moss. In this world, she’s a customer named Tiffany in a synthetic coffee shop that he’s hesitant to talk to, in particular because she has kids and a husband named Chad (Chad Stahelski), who are indeed none other than the bots created within the unreal world. Reeves and Moss are both invested in this quirky curve about destined lovers, but the movie dives more into this nostalgia from the past movies to create an idea about why they should be together.

The Matrix Resurrections (2021) - Movie Review
Agent Smith (Jonathan Groff)

Apparently, the surprising thing about the movie is how some new actors have taken over the roles of some characters, it’s a pretty smooth transition of faces with same and slightly entertaining expressions. A new version of evil Smith, played by Jonathan Groff, trying to imitate Hugo Weaving’s slithering line-delivering that comes from a tightly clenched jaw is just something that can’t be explained. If Weaving did the job like a sharpened Katana in previous films of Matrix, Groff delivers the same idea in more like “Go with the flow”, who admires Thomas and speaks with deep emotions and expressions. At times it might also feel like he’s trying to give Thomas more opportunities to escape and save his life in the artificial world. The therapist/Analyst (Neil Patrick Harris) is one of the new characters that we come to know who plays a main role in manipulating the scenarios in the whole film, holding Thomas in the unreal world and kinda controlling him. His blue spectacles and the cat (Deja-Vu)would explain a lot of things throughout the film.

The Matrix Resurrections (2021) - Movie Review
Morpheus (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II)

The most wanted person to the agents other than Neo is none other than Morpheus. But this time we get to see Yahya Abdul-Mateen II playing the role as Lawrence Fishburne no longer plays the wise man in the Matrix. The updated version of Morpheus is pretty bold and dynamic in different coloured suits, cool machine guns and crazy behaviour at some moments. But with a confused mind and not knowing the purpose for being in the Matrix, it’s good to have Bugs (Jessica Henwick) to lead the whole mission while keeping everyone together.

There are hell lot of new things to learn in the new Matrix to be honest. From the relations of Synthients and Humans, History of Zion and IO, telephone booths to real time portals, experiencing from Nebuchadnezzar to Mark III No 19 Mnemosyne (Made in the EU Year 2274) to the relations between all the old and new characters. How some little big scene are actually taken forward here with a new objective and precise missions. The storytelling is just at next level, afterall it’s the ground-breaking ideology of Lana Wachowski.

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