The Matrix Resurrections

The Matrix Resurrections ★★★★★

Let me get something out of the way first. Whatever the fuck this movie is supposed to function as I greatly admire the fact that it absolutely owns Revolutions and Reloaded, as in Wachowski clearly respects those two films as part of the story despite mixed audience reception and doesn’t try to ignore them or retcon them. As I got older I came to really find something special in the sequel films, and I’m glad to see them relevant here. 

Throughout I thought of this film as a stunt of some sorts that I don’t think can ever truly be appreciated as a true work of art especially in a world where a reality TV game show host was elected President of the United States. That was literally the plot of a Philip K. Dick novel. The real world is so absurd that art, or maybe more specifically cinema isn’t capable anymore of satirizing, or commenting on it (as evidenced by the post credit scene). And I couldn’t help but ask, does this not look like a Matrix movie because it was made during a pandemic or because it’s not supposed to be a Matrix movie? To me it felt like this was really a movie about movie making, but at the end it’s simply, ultimately, a movie about creativity— or lack there of in contemporary entertainment and everyone’s complacencies in that system— and that ties into the whole Neo/Trinity as god thing etc etc etc…. Blah blah blah. 

Oh, and Lana Wachowski is more talented than Rian Johnson btw. ;) 

I wondered if The Matrix could be philosophically relevant in 2021 and I must say I genuinely do think this film is big on ideas, but way more micro on to the times it was produced as opposed to the original which was way more macro and visionary and apocalyptic. Not a bad thing necessarily. 

And yes I’m the kind of person who’d rather live like a Buddha mind in the wasteland world as a Mad Max freedom fighter. 

So now we get to it. Why I think this film earns 5 stars from me. (First, a bonus reason: her name is Jessica Henwick.) 

I think this film works and belongs next to the other three because Wachowski believes in the love story between Neo and Trinity. There is something real there. Human emotion beautifully evolved across 4 films. The archival footage shown throughout isn’t a nostalgia cock tease, it really is a middle finger, (and what it did to me was just remind of how stunning a film shot on film is compared to this digital shit) but the flashes of Neo and Trinity, their love, that’s real, something deeper there. It’s not the Matrix, not the machine one and certainly not the one Wachowski attempts to plug you into as a goof. 

The love story allows me to be excited, it’s what urges me to write at length about the film. If it wasn’t present here or lacked development and focus my assessment of this film simply would have read: 

“Let’s be real, this film isn’t necessary.”