“The Matrix Resurrections” Early Reactions: A Bold, Irreverent, Vividly Personal Head Trip

The first reactions for Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix Resurrections are hitting our very own Matrix and multiplying rapidly online. While there are quibbles here and there, the consensus that’s building is that Wachowski has created something vividly personal in Resurrections that has surpassed the previous two films in the installment, Reloaded and Revolutions, by every conceivable margin. Many early reactions cite the joyous irreverence of this film, the way it both honors the past trilogy and comments on it, and the state of modern blockbusters, all at the same time. Oh, and embedded inside the head trip meta-commentary and metaphysics of it all is a love story between Neo and Trinity. Combining all of this into a single, coherent film is a nifty trick if you can pull it off. Sounds like Wachowski did.

What’s also interesting is how many reviewers have noted just how firey this film is, made by a filmmaker with a lot to say. In fact, IndieWire‘s chief film critic David Ehrlich made an interesting comparison:

The plot specifics for Resurrections have been kept largely under wraps, but it’s obvious that Neo (Keanu Reeves) is recruited to once again return, via a red pill, to the Matrix to fight the malicious A.I. that has enslaved the human population. His quest seems largely centered on Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), the other main hero from the original trilogy. A new (or young) Morpheus, played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will be on hand to guide him, while the film’s main villain, taking over for Hugo Weaving’s Agent Smith in the original, is the always game Jonathan Groff.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at those spoiler-free early reactions:

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Featured image: Caption: Caption: KEANU REEVES as Neo/ Thomas Anderson in Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and Venus Castina Productions’ “THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures


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