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Film Review: The Matrix Resurrections

12:00 December 31, 2021
By: David Vicari

The fourth Matrix movie, The Matrix Resurrections, has a plot that is not the easiest to follow, which is offset by some crazy fun action sequences. Essentially, it's a Matrix movie, and it is totally watchable. I just wish this wasn't such a rehash of the first film.

Resurrections actually acknowledges in the film that it is, in fact, a rehash/reboot, but that doesn't make it okay. It still mimics the original film way too often.

Thomas Anderson, AKA Neo (Keanu Reeves), again finds himself stuck in the Matrix—the fantasy world created by computers that he is deceived into thinking is reality. In this fake world, he is a video game creator and the three previous Matrix movies are the games he has created. Anyway, he is "awakened" or pulled out of the Matrix and into the dystopian reality by Bugs (the best character in this movie, played by Jessica Henwick), who is hoping that Neo will remember his true self, resurrect his super powers, and take down the oppressive machines. At the top of Neo's priority list, however, is to rescue his love, Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), from the Matrix.

Reeves is very good here, playing Anderson/Neo in a different way—as someone dealing with trauma. One of the best scenes in the movie is Neo asking Bugs if the previous events (from the first three films) made any difference, since he seems to be right back where he started.

The Matrix Resurrections is currently in theaters and also streaming on HBO Max.

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