In 1999, The Matrix took the world by storm. From it’s complex story, it’s gripping action sequences, and the fact that it may just be the most parodied movie of all time, there’s no denying that the film is truly something special.
Quickly following the success of the first one, Warner Bros. released two sequels helmed by original directors Larry and Andy Wachowski (now Lana and Lilly) – The Matrix Reloaded & The Matrix Revolutions. Both films continued the story in a way that was interesting enough, but the franchise ultimately declined in quality with each entry.
While it’s true that the final Revolutions ends with an open-ended question and the potential for more story to be told, there hasn’t been a big internet out-cry for a sequel for quite some time. This makes us wonder why they decided we needed one…
I like the trilogy as much as the next guy, but I am certainly no fanatic. When the new film was announced, I was intrigued… I guess? To be honest, I had moved on along with everyone else. Having said that, a good movie is a good movie. So, if they were going to deliver us something worthy of the wait and price of admission, I was game. Once the first trailer dropped? I was hooked. The marketing for this film was amazing and filled me with questions that I needed to have answered.
Honestly? Half the time, it feels like this movie isn’t even trying. The Matrix has always been confusing, but that’s because it’s so complex and requires a closer look to understand. In newest film, it’s confusing because a lot of the time, they don’t bother to explain it. The film is overflowing with decisions that make little sense narratively and ultimate serve the goal of making the film feel less and less like an installment in The Matrix franchise.
Several actors are gone and replaced this time around – some are explained and make sense in the story, others do not. Most noticeably missing from the line-up is Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith. Don’t get me wrong – I love me some Johnathon Groff and I think they could have made it work… if they tried.
All in all, The Matrix Resurrections is a horrible attempt at nostalgia. The studio has no current plans to make a 5th, and that’s a good thing.
The Movie Men Podcast
This week on The Movie Men Podcast, Pete and I sit and discuss our great disappointment in further detail.