I really enjoyed The Matrix Resurrections. I don’t think it was wholly necessary to have rewatched the entire franchise before watching it, but I feel like I appreciated it so much more. I had avoided any trailers past the first one, as is the way I do for a movie that I want to watch. I do that because sometimes trailers show too much of movies, and certain movies don’t need to do much to win me over. This was one of those movies.
The Matrix Resurrections was directed by Lana Wachowski. It was written by Wachowski, David Mitchell, and Aleksandar Hemon. I had no idea who Mitchell and Hemon were before looking at the credits. They had worked with The Wachowskis previously, with Mitchell having written the novel Cloud Atlas which the movie was based on. Hemon had worked on Sense8, the Netflix series they had created. I’m glad that Lana returned to the world of The Matrix, and I enjoyed her take on the how the world evolved since Revolutions.
The cast of Resurrections is interesting. There are returning characters as well as new versions of old characters as well as new characters. It stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathon Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Jada Pinkett Smith. I was completely unaware that Jada Pinkett Smith would be in the movie until a couple of weeks before the movie was released, but it was spoiled because it was talked about on social media. I thought that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II was so much fun as this version of Morpheus. Jessica Henwick was also a lot of fun, because she’s the first of the new characters that is introduced.
The Matrix Resurrections is a take on a world that has kind of moved on since the end of the last movie. I don’t really want to say all that much about the plot because I don’t want to spoil anything. I do want to talk about how this kind of continues a concept that I noticed on my rewatch of The Matrix franchise. There has always been a circular nature of The Matrix as well as everything connected to it. This continued the concept while also altering it in some ways. The ending leaves everything up in the air, kind of like Revolutions did, whether the franchise will continue or not.
The visuals for the movie is one of the strongest things about it, if I may say so. The improvements in CG are felt greatly in Resurrections. The fight scenes while not being anything mind-blowing are good. They’re on par with the other fights from the franchise. There was use of music from the other movies by Don Davis while also including new music by Johnny Klimek and Tom Tykwer. I do want to mention the cover of Wake Up the ends the movie sounds terrible. I did think it was funny that it was a cover by Brass Against, with the news story about what happened this year.
The Matrix Resurrections is a fun continuation of a story that I wouldn’t have expected. I took advantage of this being one of the last at home premieres on HBO Max, but I plan on trying to see it in theaters. I don’t know what is planned for The Matrix after this, but I think it’ll go in much more interesting places now. I give The Matrix Resurrections 9 cappuccinos out of 10.