Among the major 2021 blockbusters still on the release schedule, there’s one headline that fans know very little about: the long awaited fourth Matrix, currently slated for release on December 22 in theaters and on HBO Max. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are back, accompanied by a some novelties additions, but the name of the film or its appearance has remained a total mystery with just under four months before its release. Until now.
You can’t keep that kind of information for the people who are going to show your movie, which is why Warner Bros. announced at CinemaCon 2021 that the film, written and directed by Lana Wachowski, is called The matrix: resurrections. We also saw the first images.
It starts with a very bright city. A psychiatrist (Neil Patrick Harris) sits with a patient named Thomas. Thomas is Reeves and he’s in trouble. He says he’s having dreams that aren’t quite dreams. We see him walking down the street with the green Matrix coded. “Am I crazy?” he asks. “We are not saying that”, replies the doctor. Thomas is then sitting in a bathtub with a rubber duck on his head. He walks into a cafe and greets Trinity. “Have we met?” she asks as they shake hands.
Thomas is seen to be taking blue pills at home. He looks up into the sky and watches a group of birds fly. He tries to analyze it. Then he’s in an elevator with a group of people on the phone and he’s looking at the reflection of everyone looking at screens. This is about where the song “White Rabbit” starts playing.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II appears as a character who resembles Morpheus (shaved head, tiny sunglasses) and offers Thomas a red pill. He meets a blue haired person who has a bunny tattoo. It all sounds very familiar to us, the audience, because it’s a bit tight … The matrix again?
Neo and the blue haired person cross a mirror. He’s in a cafe. Then he is in a very serene dojo, which is on a lake, with the character of Abdul-Mateen. “The only thing that matters to you is always there,” he says. “You will never give up.” They start to practice martial arts, and when Thomas hits the character of Abdul-Mateen hard in the chest and he flies out of the room.
Thomas and the blue haired person are on a train. A sniper bullet is fired from a distance and it flies through the train towards them. Tons of action scenes are now cut very quickly. We see the fields of people plugged into the matrix. Trinity being disconnected from the matrix. The blue haired person jumping over a car in slow motion. Thomas is holding balls in the air. A helicopter fires a missile at Thomas and Trinity, and Thomas changes direction in the air and fires him at another helicopter. Next, Thomas is in an office with a man in a business suit played by Jonathan Groff. “You are going back to where it all began,” he says. “Back to the matrix.” Then the title: The matrix, which fades, then Resurrections.
You really feel like everything that happened before with Neo, Trinity, and Morpheus is happening again, just with minor changes. Characters doomed to experience the same stories over and over again. Or something like that. We don’t really know. But damn it if he didn’t look as big and action-packed as we expected.
With Jada Pinkett Smith, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick and Jonathan Groff, The matrix: resurrections opens December 22.
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