This article contains spoilers for The Matrix trilogy.
The Matrix franchise has been incredibly influential since the release of the first movie in 1999; the film challenged us to think outside the box and challenge what we see, thus creating a whole new frontier for cinema.
There are currently three films in the series, with the last one releasing in 2003. Now, almost 20 years later, the epic trilogy welcomes a fourth instalment: The Matrix: Resurrections.
Keanu Reeves will of course be reprising his role as iconic character, Neo, a man who woke up and saw the world for what it really was. Carrie-Ann Moss will be joining Reeves by playing Trinity once again, setting up for an utterly perfect dynamic duo.
The trailer, released only yesterday (9th September, 2021), reveals little about the plot but showcases how far technology has come since the original trilogy.
The trailer looks rather similar to the 1999 film, with some obvious upgrades. Neo is seen sitting a therapist’s office, wondering if he is crazy.
With a look at him in the real world, fans may wonder if this film is a reboot or a remake; although it does appear to be leaning towards the side of a revamp. Or, it could be that the rewrite of the Matrix creates a whole new atmosphere...
At the end of the third film, Neo was blinded in an attempt to save both the Matrix and the real world, leaving him with some rather nasty scars. However, in the new trailer, Neo seems completely fine, albeit perhaps a little confused about his reality.
While Neo’s fate seemed somewhat blurry at the end of The Matrix: Revolutions, he may have been saved. A clip from the trailer suggests that Neo may still be in Machine City, where he was taken at the end of the third film; it could be, however, that the machines took care of him after the reboot of the Matrix.
Despite the possible minor confusion surrounding the plot, we can’t deny that The Matrix: Resurrections looks incredible. Neo looks wiser and stronger, while Trinity looks softer, yet with hints of memories behind her eyes.
With only a few months to go until release date, it seems all fans can do is cook up theories, reminisce about the original trilogy, and wonder what the franchise has in store for them.
As well as Reeves and Moss, the film also stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Candyman, the Aquaman franchise) Jessica Henwick (TV’s Iron Fist) Jonathan Groff (Hamilton, TV’s Mindhunter), Neil Patrick Harris (Gone Girl), Priyanka Chopra Jonas (TV’s Quantico,), Christina Ricci (TV’s Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story), Telma Hopkins (TV’s Dead to Me,”, Eréndira Ibarra (Sense8), and Jada Pinkett Smith (Angel Has Fallen, TV’s Gotham).
The Matrix: Resurrections will be in cinemas December 22nd, (2021).
Written by Melissa, who you can follow on Twitter @melissajournal
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