When The Matrix was published in 1999, it revolutionised the game. Despite the fact that the first two sequels failed to live up to fans’ expectations, excitement for the fourth film in the action franchise, The Matrix Resurrections, has skyrocketed.
Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Ann Moss, and Laurence Fishburne played Neo, Trinity, and Morpheus, respectively, in the original trilogy. They fought against robots in an apocalyptic world that had imprisoned much of mankind in a virtual reality known as the Matrix. The franchise’s signature was a slow-motion technique termed “bullet time,” which subsequent filmmakers sought to imitate but few were able to replicate to the same impact.
What can we expect from another journey into the Matrix? Here’s all we know so far about The Matrix Resurrections.
What is the plot of ‘The Matrix Resurrections’?
There are no official narrative details for The Matrix Resurrections, but Warner Bros. presented the first footage from the sequel at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, the annual gathering for movie theatre owners. The trailer has not been made accessible to the public, but what was shown has been published in a number of newspapers.
The clip depicts Keanu Reeves’ Neo/Thomas Anderson discussing nightmares with a therapist (played by Neil Patrick Harris) and believing that something is wrong with the world. Then, in a coffee shop, he encounters Carrie-Ann Moss’ character, although the two are strangers. Neo takes blue pills every day until he encounters a guy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) who offers him a red pill. The film then reveals Neo’s abilities and action sequences familiar to fans of The Matrix trilogy.
Clearly, what we can deduce from this is that Neo and Trinity have lost all recollection of the Matrix and must be reawakened. We don’t know what’s in store for them after that, but we’re looking forward to finding out.
Who is in ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ cast?
Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss, who played Neo and Trinity in the original trilogy, are back to reprise their roles. While Laurence Fishburne is tragically missing from the picture, Abdul-Mateen II bears a strong similarity to a young Morpheus, according to trailer rumours. Jada Pinkett Smith (Niobe), Daniel Bernhardt (Agent Johnson), and Lambert Wilson (The Merovingian) are also returning for the latest instalment.
The previously mentioned Neil Patrick Harris, as well as Christina Ricci, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Jonathan Groff, Jessica Henwick, and Ellen Hollman, have joined the cast of The Matrix Resurrections.
Who is ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ director?
Lana and Lilly Wachowski, the Wachowski siblings, directed the first Matrix trilogy. Only Lana Wachowski will return to helm The Matrix Resurrections.
Lilly Wachowski recently stated why she did not return for the sequel, stating that with everything going on with her throughout her transition, she was not interested in retreading prior material.
This will be the Wachowskis’ first feature picture that they have not directed as a team.
When is ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ release date?
The Matrix Resurrections will be released on December 22 by Warner Bros. As with other Warner Bros. films in 2021, the release date will include both a theatrical release and a streaming release on HBO Max.
The hybrid release strategy for films has been and will continue to be a hot subject in Hollywood during the previous year and a half. However, Warner Bros. has previously stated that it would revert to exclusively releasing its films in cinemas for a specified period of time (currently 45 days) before putting them on streaming.
The final film to receive a day-and-date release in cinemas and on streaming will be The Matrix Resurrections. It will be accessible on HBO Max for 30 days following its debut and is exclusively available to $14.99 HBO Max customers.
Is there a ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ trailer?
The long-awaited debut trailer for The Matrix Resurrections has come for fans to view, following a little of preparation with summaries of the film shown at the CinemaCon event in August and a creative marketing technique with the teaser trailer.
How to watch ‘The Matrix’ movies
Before seeing The Matrix: Resurrections, you may watch the original trilogy of films on Netflix.
On HBO Max, you may watch the whole Matrix trilogy (The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions). This implies that whenever The Matrix: Resurrections is available on the streaming site, you will be able to watch all four movies back-to-back-to-back if you so choose.
What’s the Story?
That is still a difficult topic to answer because the trailer conceals much of the actual narrative. What we do know is that Neo, now known as Thomas Anderson, and Trinity appear to be back in the Matrix programme, but they have no recollection of each other or their previous lives. Anderson is being given a continuous supply of blue tablets, most likely by his doctor, whose blue-rimmed spectacles are a dead giveaway.
Neo discontinues the tablets and begins to observe that things are not as they appear. The Alice in Wonderland metaphor makes a strong reappearance here, not just in the trailer’s choice of Jefferson Airplane music, but also in the real Lewis Carroll book, presented to Anderson by a lady in glasses (Priyanka Chopra), who may be the Oracle’s most recent update (so memorably played by Gloria Foster and Mary Alice in the trilogy).
There’s a lot of activity, but there’s no distinct feeling of danger. Instead of the typical black-suited operatives, we witness a SWAT-team-style militia fighting Anderson, Trinity, and several of the film’s new characters. The film also features new powers when the protagonists manage to defy the Matrix’s restrictions. But for what purpose? There are brief views of the Sentinel or “Squidy” machines, as well as the Power Plant, where humans are still utilised as batteries. Unless, of course, the peace between humans and machines has been broken.
Easter Eggs in the Resurrections Trailer
There are a few more Easter eggs and references to the original film in the trailer.
Neo sees a black cat again, repeating the event in which he discovers the true meaning of déjà vu.
There are various Alice in Wonderland allusions throughout the film, including the usage of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” on the soundtrack and Henwick’s character having a rabbit tattoo.
And what about Neo’s lone buddy, the rubber ducky? This might be a reference to a computer programming method known as Rubber duck debugging, in which a programmer evaluates their own code by describing it to a rubber ducky, line by line, in the most basic terms possible. Remember that Thomas Anderson was a computer programmer and hacker before becoming a techno-superhero. No one can be informed what the Matrix is, as Morpheus once remarked, and this is a mystery Neo must solve for himself.
Finally, it’s worth noting what’s noticeably missing from the trailer. While we see snippets of the film’s various action scenes, there are no slow-motion Bullet Time moments. Are those scenes being kept for the final film, or has Lana Wachowski decided Bullet Time’s time has come to an end?
That’s all we learned from the new trailer.
Is This the End… Or a Fresh Start?
The Matrix trilogy altered cinematic language. It even altered the lexicon of our social discourse, with terms such as “red pill” and “blue pill” now having laden connotations. Is it possible for Resurrections to do it again, especially after so many films, television programmes, video games, novels, and comics have stolen from The Matrix’s vocabulary and aesthetic? Most likely not, because this planet is no longer brand new. However, there is still meaning to be discovered, especially considering the advances in technology since the Wachowskis initially thought of the film’s concept. The human race’s interaction with technology, as well as their own belief systems, will always be significant.
The teaser also hints that The Matrix Resurrections might be the start of a new trilogy rather than a conclusion to the current one. We don’t know for sure yet, but it appears like Neo and Trinity’s reawakening will play a significant role in this film. And, with a slew of new characters and an unknown threat coming, it appears that viewers are on the verge of a far greater drama. The Matrix Resurrections may or may not conclude with Neo flying again, but we’re starting to believe.
Please let us know if we missed anything in the comments section below! On December 22, The Matrix Resurrections will be released in theatres and on HBO Max.