RESURRECTIONS does not live up to the previous films in the franchise.


Matrix Resurrection (English) Review {2.0/5} and Review Rating

20 years after the release of the first film in the franchise moldIn this article, we see the release of The Matrix: Research. Continuing the story of Neo AK Thomas Anderson, the film begins with the character of Keanu Reeves leading a normal everyday mundane life as Thomas Anderson. However, he is plagued by dreams and visions of alternate lives. Her doctor prescribed her some blue pills which help to ease the condition. But the matter comes to the fore when he is given the red pill. Do the visions they have glimpsed an alternate reality? Or are these just dreams or unfulfilled wishes? Will Mr. Anderson understand what they are? Will he dive down the rabbit hole to better understand what Matrix: Resurrection is? With Lana Wachowski back on the project, hope for great things. But will the new film live up to the legacy left by the previous three or will it be just another cash-grab attempt that will ultimately ruin a franchise, which we analyze.

Matrix Resurrection (English)

The film begins with Mr. Anderson’s Morpheus (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) giving him a red pill to open his mind. From here, he first drops headlong into the Matrix, returning to his long-forgotten self, Neo. However, there is nothing new to expect. Given that the film takes the story of Neo and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) forward, it’s essentially a love story set against the backdrop of a somewhat changing world with plenty of action. Sadly, The Matrix: Resurrection is a far cry from the 1999 film. Along with new footage from segments from each of the last three parts, the film doesn’t make for a compelling watch. In fact, the long drawn out action and drama sequences make it difficult for the audience to sit still. Unlike the first film, don’t expect extraordinary scenes that will leave a lasting impression. Furthermore, the chemistry between Neo and Trinity seems to be lost, although both actors, Reeves and Moss do their best to ‘revive’ the chemistry, it remains a lost cause. On the other hand, the film’s ability to use its story in an ironic fashion is worth watching.

However, what really impresses the film is that it is too complicated, even for those who have seen The Matrix trilogy. The last part of the series came out about 18 years ago. Not many people may have refreshed their memory and watched the three parts before heading out for The Matrix: Resurrection. The film is sure to be a bouncer for such audiences. It would not be wrong to say that even those who have seen the earlier parts will find it difficult to understand what is happening. The complex jargon in the dialogues adds to the effect even more. On the other hand, the release period of the film is also quite wrong.

Talking about the performances, Keanu Reeves has done a good job, giving it his all. Returning as Neo/Thomas Anderson, Reeves falls back into the mold we’ve seen in previous films. Same goes for Carrie-Anne Moss, essaying her role as Trinity/Tiffany Moss is equally good enough to fit into her character. However, the same cannot be said for Yahya Abdul-Mateen II who takes over from Lawrence Fishburne as hacker Morpheus. Despite having limited screen time, Mateen fails to impress, with appearances from archive footage of the character of Fishburne. On the other hand, Neil Patrick Harris as The Analyst, and Jonathan Groff as Smith, both of whom have handled characters repeated by others in the past, have excelled. In fact, the rendering of their given roles takes their characters to another level. Priyanka Chopra Jonas as Sati is wasted and is barely there for about 8-10 minutes. Though she plays an important role in the film, her acting skills have been little used.

Speaking of visuals, a lot is to be expected when talking about the fourth film in the Matrix franchise. Going by what we saw in The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions, it is expected that Matrix: Resurrection will take things up a notch. However, here again the audience gets disappointed. Although the CGI is well executed and seamless, expect a lot. In fact, the 1999 release was far ahead in terms of the technology used, given its timeline. For a film made in 2021, Matrix: Resurrection could have been so much better visually. As far as the music of Johnny Klimek and Tom Tykwer go, there’s not much to expect. Drawing inspiration from previous films, the music of Matrix: Resurrection is on more or less the same scale. Don’t expect anything to stand out.

The cinematography by Daniele Massey and John Toll is on point. With stunning visuals, both have done a good job. But, Joseph Jett Sally’s editing leaves out a lot. At 2 hours 28 minutes, the film is very long, with some scenes being dragged for no reason. Same goes for action. Though the actors have put on their best, but at times it seems that the action sequences never end, leaving the audience disillusioned.

Overall, Matrix: Resurrection is not in line with the previous films in the franchise. A movie that didn’t need to be made doesn’t warrant ruining a franchise. The film has a complex and intricate plot that will captivate the audience. At the Indian box office, it will face a tough time considering the release between last week’s hits, Spider-Man: No Way Home and Pushpa and the much-awaited upcoming film, 83.