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The Matrix Resurrections is the latest film from The Matrix franchise. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss return as Neo and Trinity. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II takes over Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus. Jonathan Groff replaces Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith. It has been 18 years since a Matrix film was released, the real question is: Does it live up to the hype?
The Matrix Resurrections was a film that many fans have been anticipating since it was announced. Seeing Keanu Reeves back as Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity in their legendary roles had fans excited to see where the franchise was headed. Fans were confused how Neo and Trinity would be resurrected because they both died in The Matrix Revolutions. The Analyst (Neil Patrick Harris) stores Neo and Trinity in a pod where there were recovered and revived. Now they are living as different versions of themselves. Neo lives as Thomas Anderson, a video game designer who created a game called The Matrix. Trinity lives as Tiffany, a married woman who has 3 children. This all changes when a woman named Bugs (Jessica Henwick) sees Thomas/Neo trying to kill himself by jumping off a building. The machines were forced to freeze the simulation and she sees Neo floating in mid-air in his original form. This leads Bugs to search for him.
Bugs first finds a young Morpheus (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) who is also trying to find Neo. They decide to team up together and find Neo. The find Neo and present him with the red pill and blue pill. Thomas has been taking the blue pill as prescribed by his therapist aka The Analyst. Neo decides to take the red pill and be extracted from The Matrix.
The whole film is a search for Trinity. Trinity's true form is stuck in the pod where Neo was. The film suffers from a story that is unoriginal. The story makes it feel like it's not a Matrix movie. The reason why fans loved The Matrix franchise because it was something that was never seen before in cinema. The Matrix Resurrections is a simple story about being with the one you love. The story is certainly not bad, but it is a story that fails to live up to the storied franchise.
The film also made me feel that there was no risk or stakes. I never thought Neo or Trinity were going to die. I never thought Trinity was never going to get out of the pod and become her true self again. Even during the last fight scene Neo and Trinity seemed to take no damage. With this, there's no unpredictability in the film which can make the film very boring. Some scenes drag on and the action seems to be less in this film compared to the previous three. If the story was great I wouldn't mind but it falls flat.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Jonathan Groff replace two legendary actors in their respective roles. They did good as Morpheus and Agent Smith but I can't help but wanting to see Laurence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving in their roles again. It took away from the film a little bit but certainly wasn't the worst part.
A positive from the film is Keanu Reeves. Reeves is a badass as Neo and his role as the legendary protagonist was awesome to see again. Carrie-Anne Moss was good as Tiffany/Trinity. I wish we saw her more as Trinity instead of Tiffany but we might see that in future films.
The Matrix Resurrections suffers from an unoriginal story and ordinary action that makes the film feel like it's not a Matrix film. As an action film alone, it's not bad. It has good action but for a Matrix film, it falls flat.
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