The Matrix Resurrections is finally here, after countless hype-inducing previews.
What should we anticipate?
The Matrix had been spared from a similar fate for two decades. The legendary and ground-breaking sci-fi film series has become the latest property to receive the reboot treatment, albeit of the’soft overhaul’ sort, with studios eager to tap into fan nostalgia by whatever means possible.
The Matrix Resurrections is a mostly engaging and nostalgic re-telling of the franchise’s previous installments, but it isn’t without flaws. The latest installment in the classic sci-fi film series is action-packed, poignant, and artistically spectacular, but with its flashbacks and meta approach, it sometimes gets caught in a middle ground between trying to propel the franchise forward and appeasing loyal fans. It’s better than The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions, but it’s no match for the original from 1999.
Recurring characters and newcomers to The Matrix
With this fourth installment – the first since 2003’s The Matrix Revolutions – Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss return to the renowned sci-fi genre, which sees Neo reopen his consciousness to the perilous and complex world of the Matrix.
Lambert Wilson and Jada Pinkett Smith are among the returning cast members, who are joined by newcomers Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (who plays a new version of Morpheus), Jonathan Groff, Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, and Priyanka Chopra in this eagerly anticipated revival.
For the next 30 days, ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ will be available to stream on HBO Max.