The Matrix 4: Resurrections. Hollywood has repeatedly made the latest sequel to a film title that, in fact, ended satisfactorily many years ago, such as Star Wars and Jurassic Park. Apart from the fact that a formula like this can bring back sweet memories for the audience, it cannot denied that these sequels often have storylines that are too forced and, in the end, destroy the majesty of the film’s title. The Matrix Resurrections is one such film.
Review Matrix 4: Resurrections
Released on December 22, The Matrix Resurrections is the fourth installment in the Matrix franchise that premiered in 1999. The next two sequels, namely The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, appeared four years later, in 2003.
Nearly two decades have passed, and director Lana Wachowski seems to have ambitions to bring audiences back into the world of The Matrix with Neo and his friends. The Matrix Resurrections finally released 18 years later.
For those who followed the first three films of The Matrix, it’s hard to deny that The Matrix Resurrections is a forced sequel. The reason is that the figure of Neo, played by Keanu Reeves as the main character of this franchise, has died in The Matrix Revolutions after he sacrificed himself for eternal peace in the Matrix world.
Not only Neo, but the second protagonist, who is also his lover, namely Trinity (Carrie Anne-Moss), also told to have killed in their mission to save the world in the previous film. The big question for everyone who is curious about this film is, of course, the same: How did Neo and Trinity come back to life? In fact, the two names, who are also lovers, are actually not dead.
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Review Matrix 4: Resurrections
In The Matrix Resurrections, Neo said to have lived a normal life in a simulation world as a famous game maker named Thomas Anderson, the name he used before he got to know the world of the Matrix in the first film.
Even though he often remembers a number of events that he has been through in the three previous films, Neo always returns to thinking of this as de javu. This is also continuously confirmed and convinced by his psychiatrist, played by Neil Patrick Harris.
Meanwhile, Trinity, who lives under the identity of a woman named Tiffany, is a motorcycle repair mechanic who is married and has two children. Neither Neo nor Trinity know each other in this simulated world. Neo’s ‘normal’ life then changed after he visited by a young girl named Bugs (Jessica Henwick) and his former partner, Morpheus (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), who asked him to return to the real world.
Through a series of fast processes, Neo finally remembers his true identity. By taking the red pill, Neo agrees to Bugs and Morpheus’ invitation to return to the real world, with one request: Trinity must also ‘revived’.
Exciting Fight Scenes
In terms of action, The Matrix Resurrections presents exciting battle scenes while still maintaining the slow-motion formula a la The Matrix. Almost 150 minutes long, this film also displays flashback sequences many times to help the audience remember what happened in the previous The Matrix trilogy. Without the need to re-watch the previous trilogy, the presence of this flashback sequence is arguably enough to help the audience understand the outline of The Matrix’s plot.
The presence of Neo and Trinity is clearly the main antidote to homesickness. The appearance of Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, who are aging, does not eliminate their feasibility of continuing to play the two lovebirds. However, this nostalgia feels lacking due to the absence of the original Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) and Neo’s nemesis, Agent Smith, who is very synonymous with veteran actor Hugo Weaving.
Even though it offers entertaining action scenes, the story plot is the main weakness of this film. From a personal perspective, The Matrix Resurrections is a film about how Neo reunited with Trinity. There is no more important and noble goal for Neo than being able to embrace Trinity intimately again in this film. Other conflicts in this film can considered shallow, and the fact that Neo still alive too far-fetched for even a sci-fi film.
Overall, The Matrix Resurrections is a film worth enjoying at the end of the year, especially for viewers who love this franchise. Just focus on action scenes and nostalgic elements in this film, because in terms of plot and story strength, this fourth sequel really doesn’t need to exist.