The Matrix Resurrections is the fourth and final installment in The Matrix film franchise, wrapping the 2021 movie season with somewhat mixed reviews. Reprising their original roles are Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Lambert Wilson, and Jada Pinkett Smith. Laurence Fishburne appears as Morpheus via archive footage; the character was played in this film by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Joining the cast are Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, and Priyanka Chopra Jonas. Written and directed by Lana Wachowski, principal filming began in February 2020 but was halted soon after by the COVID-19 pandemic. The project was nearly shelved, but the cast insisted the film be finished.
Set sixty years after the events of the previous film, Revolutions, Resurrections follows Neo (Reeves), who, as Thomas Anderson, lives a seemingly ordinary life as a video game developer who created The Matrix video game series based on faint memories of his past. A group of rebels in the real world, aided by a programmed version of Morpheus, free Neo from an altered Matrix and fight a new enemy that holds Trinity (Moss) captive.
The Matrix Resurrections premiered in Toronto on December 16, 2021, and was released by Warner Bros. Pictures on December 22, theatrically and streaming via HBO Max. As of late December, Resurrections has grossed over $68 million.
Reviews of the movie have been mixed; Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 64% approval rating with 241 reviews, averaging 6.20/10. The Los Angeles Times gave it a mixed reception with critic Katie Walsh praising the film. The Independent praised the film as well, giving it a 4 out of 5.
Less complimentary were reviews from The Guardian and The Verge, with the former scoring 2 out of 5.
Amelia Emberwing of IGN gave the film one of its most scathing reviews, rating it 4 out of 10 and echoing the sentiments of other critics by praising the visuals and slamming the storyline: “The Matrix Resurrections is the kind of film that will go down in cult history because it is so laughably bad. Truthfully, I can’t even say it’s unenjoyable because I spent so much of its overly long runtime giggling over how jaw-droppingly misguided the majority of it is,” and further expressed, “The Matrix Resurrections is a bunch of really good ideas stacked together to make a bad – and sometimes ugly – film.”
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