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The Matrix Resurrections is a American Australian science fiction action film produced, co-written and directed by Lana Wachowski. It is the fourth installment in The Matrix film series. Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lambert Wilson, and Daniel Bernhardt reprise their roles from previous films in the series. New cast introduced in this film are Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (replacing Laurence Fishburne), Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Toby Onwumere, Max Riemelt, Eréndira Ibarra, Priyanka Chopra, Andrew Caldwell, Brian J. Smith, Ellen Hollman, and Christina Ricci. It is the sequel to The Matrix Revolutions, but it can also be interpreted sequel to The Matrix Online.
The film is a joint production by Village Roadshow Pictures and Venus Castina Productions. The Matrix Resurrections had its world premiere in Toronto, Canada on December 16, 2021 and was released by Warner Bros. Pictures theatrically on December 22, 2021; it will also stream digitally on the ad-free tier of HBO Max in the United States for a month beginning on that same date.
The Matrix Resurrections takes place for sixty years, after the events of The Matrix Revolutions. 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 modal Morpheus and new Agent Smith are loaded with potential and one would think that the recasting would lend itself to the film's Meta Fiction themes, but instead they do virtually nothing of note and just serve as plot devices with little-to-no character development. They seem to mostly just be there because it's obligatory for a Morpheus and Smith to be there.
- The initial reaction to the recasting of Morpheus (formerly played by Laurence Fishburne, now played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and Smith (formerly played by Hugo Weaving, now played by Jonathan Groff). While both of the new actors are popular in their own right, and many had praise for their performances as their respective characters, the absence of their predecessors is felt.
A trailer was screened as part of Warner Bros.' panel at CinemaCon that day, featuring a meeting between Neo and Trinity. On September 7, 2021, the teaser was released on YouTube, and the official website was update, the teaser was met with praised by the fans of The Matrix. Additionally, two teasers from red pill and blue pill have been later revealed, presenting random clips of the trailer to the user and narration based on their time of day, it was later met with positive reviews as well. Two days later, the first full trailer was released online on September 9, 2021. The trailer received widely critical acclaim by fans alike, who praised the return of Neo and Trinity and the use of background song "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane. A second trailer was released on
The Matrix Resurrections received generally positive reviews from critics. However, it was not well received by audiences and fans alike. It was praised the performances of the cast and the film's ambition in storytelling, though criticism was aimed at its visuals and the recasting of several actors, particularly Laurence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 70%, with an average score of 6.50/10, based on 127 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads, "If it lacks the original's bracingly original craft, The Matrix Resurrections revisits the world of the franchise with wit, a timely perspective, and heart.". On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 65 out of 100, based on 37 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
- While making The Matrix films, the Wachowskis told their close collaborators that they, at the time, had no intention of making another film in the series after The Matrix Revolutions. Instead, they gave their blessing to the notion of gamers "inherit[ing] the storyline", and The Matrix Online video game was billed as the official continuation. Rumors of a new installment began to circulate online in 2012 when it was reported that the Wachowskis had been planning two additional films in the series and had discussions with Keanu Reeves about reprising his role as Neo. Another rumor in 2014 claimed that the siblings had submitted a story treatment for a new Matrix trilogy to Warner Bros. These were later confirmed to be false. In February 2015, in interviews promoting Jupiter Ascending, Lilly Wachowski called a return to The Matrix a "particularly repelling idea in these times" when studios preferred to green-light sequels, reboots, and adaptations over original material, while Lana Wachowski, addressing rumors about a potential reboot, said they had not heard anything but believed the studio might be looking to replace them.
- The real reason why the original director, Lilly Wachowski (former known as Andy Wachowski), didn't want to direct this movie is because of her work on the Showtime series Work in Progress, but gave her blessing to those involved to come up with a story even "better than the original". Lilly further elaborated later on that she also declined to return due to being emotionally affected by the passing of her parents, which also affected Lana, who got the inspiration to make this film by bringing back two of the most important characters in her life to compensate the passing of her parents and a friend of hers.
- Hugo Weaving, who starred in the original Matrix trilogy as Agent Smith, was originally approached to play Smith again in the film, but was unable to do so due to scheduling conflicts with Tony Kurshner's theatrical adaptation of The Visit. Ultimately, the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily halted production of both projects, but when Weaving's schedule cleared out, Lana Wachowski concluded that the dates would not work and wrote Weaving's inclusion out.
- Laurence Fishburne will not reprise his role in this film. He stated that, "I am not in the next Matrix movie, and you’d have to ask Lana Wachowski why, because I don’t have an answer for that". Both Vulture and Polygon highlighted that the recasting of Morpheus might imply that Matrix transmedia (such as The Matrix Online) remains part of the canon. Vulture commented that "some speculate that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is playing a younger version of Morpheus, or a reboot, in other terms. [...] When the idea of a fourth Matrix film first began percolating in 2017, without the Wachowskis’ involvement and under the purview screenwriter Zak Penn, Michael B. Jordan was reportedly being looked at to play either a younger version of Morpheus or his descendant. It’s unclear if any of those concepts remained and carried over to Lana’s film".
- Tom Hardy filmed an uncredited background cameo appearance, due to The Matrix Resurrections filming in San Francisco simultaneously with Venom: Let There Be Carnage, in which Hardy starred as Eddie Brock and Venom. However, Henwick speculates whether Hardy's appearance remained in the final cut or not.
- To prepare for the role, Jonathan Groff watched YouTube clips featuring Weaving's performance, rewatched the original trilogy and read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, works of Philip K. Dick and Christopher Isherwood's The Berlin Stories, though he didn't want to do an impression of Weaving, feeling more connected to the role during the fight sequences. As a result, Groff was nicknamed "The Savage" by a member of the stunt team on set.
- This was the first film to use the animated version of current Village Roadshow Pictures logo, albeit the variant.
- The film's press release states that The Matrix Resurrections is a direct sequel to the story established in the first film. This has led to some confusion among fans, who wonder if this means that Resurrections is still a sequel to the original Matrix trilogy or if it works as a sequel to only the first film, ignoring the events of Reloaded and Revolutions. Despite this, the first official trailer briefly shows Neo's human body is still blinded from the events of Revolutions, with Mitchell confirming shortly afterwards that Resurrections takes place twenty years after that film. Mitchell also elaborated that the film isn't "yet another sequel" and subverts the rules of Hollywood's blocksbusters, yet contains references to the original Matrix trilogy.
- This was the final film to release the same day for theaters and HBO Max, as Warner Bros. will discontinue the release model in 2022 in favor of a 45-day exclusive theatrical window as part of new agreements the studio reached with Cineworld (which owns Regal Cinemas) and AMC Theatres.