Whether you’ve seen the original Matrix trilogy or not, everyone has heard of the franchise or at least seen the memes everywhere on the Internet. Even though the two sequels weren’t as good as the first one, what made the trilogy great and successful is the concept they introduced with the film, the meaning of it, how it relates to the reality we live, and the questions that popped up after watching it. Not to mention the spiraling storyline where your mind just spun with everything that was to be absorbed and the fantastic performances from the original trio, Neo (Keanu Reeves), Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), and Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne).
So, when after all these years, there were talks of a fourth film in the franchise, a continuation and not a reboot of some kind, I was super excited for this one and that excitement only peaked when the trailer was launched. Now that it’s here, did it deliver?
(Here’s the official synopsis of the film: To 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 dangerous than ever before.)
The fans were curious about The Matrix Resurrections, released after 18 years since the last one came out, and how are they going to continue the storyline after everything that unfolded in the third part, The Matrix Revolutions. But, alas, this one plays heavily on nostalgia and that’s it. It felt more of the repackaging of the first one, other than unpacking a few elements that explain why this is the fourth part, but other than that, there’s nothing new.
The thing about the Matrix is, people complained a lot when the second and third ones were out, and over time there was acceptance with the flaws of it, and there’s a chance the same could happen with this one too. This conclusion isn’t the same for all, who are quite delighted with what The Matrix Resurrections turned out to be.
Sure, there are some really cool moments in the film, which makes you realize why you love this franchise so much. Another aspect that I really appreciated was the meta-ness of the film and the entire approach towards it. While the new cast members, in particular, Jessica Henwick and Jonathan Groff were excellent to watch, and Groff’s take on the iconic Agent Smith role was fabulous to watch, I felt the performances of all others was kind of a let-down.
Maybe it was the heavy expectations with how we approached the film, and maybe with another watch, there could be more to appreciate, but right now, apart from some of the cool moments, and the meta approach, there was nothing more to like in this. Talking about those cool moments, there was definite nostalgia with some of the iconic moves and dialogues and moments in general, and it was great to watch them, after all these years, but that still doesn’t make it the only factor to like this one. Hopefully, if there’s ever a fifth one, we can actually move ahead with the storyline, if there’s ever a way to do so.