The Matrix Resurrections is a film which is lifted by the nostalgia factor. The Keanu Reeves and Priyanka Chopra starrer is set to hit the theaters this Wednesday and the jury is out for the film already. Most prominent reviewing platforms have given the film an above average review. Interestingly enough, some reviewers have praised the film’s self-awareness in its intentions, while others have panned the same thing.
On reviewing aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has received a 70% certified fresh rating. On Metacritic, the film has received a 65% rating meaning it has received ‘generally favorable reviews’. The film is set 60 years after the incidents showed in the third installment of the film titled Matrix Revolutions.
With its groundbreaking special effects and a plot driven by philosophy on consciousness, nature of reality, and the doom AI can bring us to, The Matrix revolutionized the film industry. Since its first installment that was released in 1999, several Hollywood and other film industries in the world have taken the action sequences of the film and added to their own films as “inspiration”. Who can forget the airport action scene, or the bullet-time action sequences of the film.
The film went on to win four Oscars and spawned two follow up installments – Matrix Revolutions and Matrix Reloaded. After a long wait of about 2 decades, the fourth installments is about to hit the theaters this week.
The Facts of the Matter
In the first installment of Matrix, protagonist Neo was given the choice of consuming the Red Pill or the Blue Pill. The Red Pill gave Neo a chance to know the real “truth” behind every seemingly true situation, while The Blue Pill would’ve let him continue living his life with ignorance.
We all know which pill Neo swallowed. Unfortunately for the viewers of Matrix Resurrections, they are only given the choice of one pill – one that tastes of nostalgia first and leaves behind a bitter taste in the mouth later.
Fans of The Matrix would know that explaining the plot of any of its franchise films is not an easy task. The film is filled with themes such as mortality, nature of reality, states of consciousness and more. We would take a step back and tell our readers the basic outline of the film.
The film follows Thomas Anderson, who’s not Neo anymore, and thus, a shell of his former conscious shell. Due to the blue pill, he doesn’t remember his past “self”. It’s the responsibility of an all new Morpheus who tries to bring Neo to his former self.
Keanu Reeves stars in and as Neo/Thomas. Fresh from the success of the John Wick franchise, Reeves does what he does best – kick some butt and steal the show. Alongside him stars the familiar Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity, the not-so-humble companion of Neo. The star cast also includes new faces such as Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris and more.
Review Round Up
Reviews have the film have so far been underwhelming. While they are certainly not as bad as The Matrix Revolutions, it certainly doesn’t come close to the original film. IGN said that the good ideas of the film are met with “shoddy execution”. IGN also panned the film’s desire to be self aware. The Verge wrote, “The Matrix Resurrections is, to its credit, a fairly weird film — but one that’s often more concerned with being self-aware than being good or enjoyable.” The Guardian also claimed that the film is “drained of life by the Hollywood machine.”