The Matrix Resurrections (2021)

Plagued by strange memories, Neo’s (Keanu Reeves) life takes an unexpected turn when he finds himself back inside the Matrix.

THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS is a movie that didn’t need to be made. But it sounds like there was pressure on the Wachowskis and Lana Wachowski has risen to the challenge. There’s some great self-referencing to this situation at the start of the movie which means the movie makers have not taken the task too seriously. The story of THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS introduces some new characters, effectively connects with some of the key moments of the old movies and provides a fast-paced action story with a few mind-bending moments. Keanu Reeves (playing Thomas A Anderson) and Carrie-Anne Moss (playing Tiffany/Trinity) return and are great on screen. The dialogue is cheesy at times with splashes of humour that are a welcome relief. The cinematography is the best feature of the movie, and the soundtrack does a decent job of supporting it. I have a few issues with the movie. It feels too long and drags a bit somewhere in the middle. And most of the action and fight sequences, while done well, seem to repeat what we’ve seen from the first three movies. And the movie is clearly set up so the franchise can be continued. A shame, in my view, given the Wachowskis never wanted more than the initial trilogy to be made. If you are a Matrix fanatic, you’ll want to see the movie. If you have seen the first three, it’s worth a look. But unfortunately, it doesn’t do much in adding to the originality of the first three movies.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

(In cinemas in Australia – check your movie guide for your local show times.)