The Matrix Resurrections – Netflix – almost released on the same day as John Wick 4 but a story that explains the return but doesn’t make it any better

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The Matrix Resurrections has brought the beloved franchise back with one of the Wachowski sisters, Lana, back at the helm as director plus Keanu Reeves as Thomas Anderson (Neo), Carrie-Ann Moss as Trinity and a few more familiar faces. Characters like Morpheus and Agent Smith make a return, but the actors playing them have not. (Although I love Hugo Weaving and he was due to play the role, he didn’t due to scheduling and has been replaced by the capable Jonathan Groff.)

The Matrix Resurrections as The Matrix 4 seems completely at odds with the ending of the last The Matrix Revolutions (Matrix 3) with the death of both Neo and Trinity when they save Zion from the machines. This film does everything it possibly can to explain why Neo and Trinity have been resurrected and importantly why they still remain important characters within this world.

While it is great to see the likes of Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss stand in the light, the other supporting characters/actors don’t seem as interesting or noteworthy. It’s a shame, because many of the supporting cast in the original film are very memorable.

The villains in this film are decent. The Analyst played by Neil Patrick Harris and Agent Smith played by Jonathan Groff are good and play their respective roles really well, but feel like throwaway characters without any importance.

I felt the whole story and the originals take on the philosophical quandaries of what is real/fake was all lacking.

I don’t think there is any point to continuing The Matrix with its current cast as each film seems to have diminishing returns. The first film is still a masterpiece and is worth all the accolades, but this one will only serve as fan-service without any real meaning or depth.

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