“The Matrix Resurrections” is a 2021 American science fiction action movie directed by Lana Wachowski who also co-wrote and co-produced the film.
The fourth film in the Matrix series is the sequel to The Matrix Revolutions 2003. All of the actors who appeared in the previous films, as well as newcomers Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, and Priyanka Chopra Jonas, are back in this installment.
The story takes place sixty years after Revolutions and follows Neo, a video game developer who has difficulty telling the difference between fantasy and reality.
Neo is freed from a new Matrix by a group of rebels, with the help of Morpheus, a programmed version of the character.
It was soon after the release of Revolutions that the Wachowskis stated that there would be no further Matrix films. A new screenplay by Zak Penn was commissioned by Warner Bros.
After the Wachowskis flatly refused to make any more sequels to The Matrix. With Lana Wachowski returning as director and Reeves and Moss reprising their roles, the news of a fourth Matrix film was finally announced in late 2019.
The COVID-19 pandemic halted production in March of the following year after it had begun in February. The cast persuaded Wachowski to finish the film, which he had considered abandoning.
In August, production got back on track and was completed three months later. It premiered at the Castro Theater in San Francisco on December 16, 2021, and was released theatrically and on HBO Max on December 22, 2021, by Warner Bros Pictures.
On a $190 million budget, the film flopped at the box office, grossing just $157 million worldwide.
Criticism was generally positive, with praise given to actors Laurence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving for their work, but there were some complaints about the film’s visuals and the decision to recast several other actors in the lead roles.
It was nominated for the 75th British Academy Film Awards for Best Visual Effects.
Based on his hazy recollections of his time as Neo, Thomas Anderson created The Matrix video game series. A married mother who has no memory of her past is the inspiration for Anderson’s character Trinity in the game.
He can’t tell the difference between what he sees and what he imagines. His therapist prescribed him blue pills, which he stopped taking. The characters in video games are created through the use of a computer simulation created by Anderson.
A young woman named Bugs discovers that the simulation is reenacting the moment when Trinity first discovered Neo in the Matrix by running old code in a loop.
Morpheus is freed by Bugs after he discovers a program that mimics him. Agent Smith, Neo’s former adversary, resurfaces as Anderson’s business partner Smith, who is freed from the Matrix by Morpheus and Bugs.
Before being transported to Bugs’ hovercraft Mnemosyne, Neo awakens in a pod and notices Trinity confined in another one nearby. As soon as he arrives in the human city of Io, Neo meets an elderly version of his former mentor, Niobe.
As she explains, sixty years have passed since the end of the Machine War, and all of Neo’s allies, including the original Morpheus, have perished in the interim.
After Neo’s death, the Matrix was at peace for a long time, but the massive exodus of humans caused a severe power shortage, leading to a turf war between the machines over scarce resources.
Although Zion was destroyed, the majority of its inhabitants were able to escape to Io thanks to sympathetic machines. She has Io sequestered in his quarters because she says she won’t put her life in danger by assisting him in freeing Trinity.
To contact Trinity, Bugs and her crewmates break free of Neo and enter the Matrix, where Smith and other exile programs, including the Merovingian, are waiting to capture them.
The Mnemosyne crew defeats them as Neo’s abilities return and they launch an attack.
Neo’s therapist appears and uses time manipulation to keep him from communicating with Trinity. As the Analyst, he reveals himself to be the person he claims to be.
It was his job to convince his superiors to revive Neo and Trinity after their deaths, and he did so by studying Neo’s body and his anomalous powers as The One, which he did.
In the Matrix, he discovered that manipulating Neo could actually increase the Matrix’s energy production. The code anomaly in Neo was also found to be shared in Trinity’s bond.
The Matrix was able to generate more power because it suppressed their memories while also keeping them close but always apart.
After solving the energy crisis, the Analyst was able to seize power from the Architect and rebuild the Matrix to use emotional manipulation to control humans, citing that humans generally believe what they want to believe.
However, Neo’s liberation triggered a fail-safe to restart the Matrix, which destabilized the system.
Asserting to his superiors that threatening to kill Trinity would induce Neo to return to his pod, the Analyst slowed down the reboot process.
Neo and Bugs return to Io, where they meet up with Sati, an exile program they previously encountered. To avenge the deaths of her parents, Sati helps to devise a plan to free Trinity from the machines.
Back in the Matrix, Neo strikes a deal with the Analyst: if he can’t persuade Trinity to leave the Matrix, he’ll return to his pod. While speaking with Neo, Tiffany affirms her status as Trinity once more.
But Smith appears and brutally attacks the Analyst in revenge for his own imprisonment as the Analyst realizes he’s lost.
After escaping in their vehicles, Neo, Trinity, and the others are pursued by hordes of “bot” programs and attack helicopters through the streets.
Neo and Trinity are trapped atop a skyscraper as the last ones to be rescued. They leap off together, and Trinity takes them to safety as she soars through the air.
They return to confront the Analyst with Trinity’s new control over the Matrix.
Resurrecting them, they mockingly thank him for the opportunity to remake the Matrix in their own image. Neo and Trinity then take to the skies in a state of triumph.
Keanu Reeves as Neo / Thomas Anderson
the machines has repaired Neo and reinserted him into a new version of the Matrix, where his memories have been suppressed to prevent him from becoming the prophesied “One.”
Since his sacrifice, Neo has only aged twenty years, thanks to the machines’ modifications of his body. Steven Roy portrays the original Neo in various scenes, including reflections.
Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity / Tiffany
Neo’s love interest in the first film was killed by Morpheus at the end of the Machine War. A new version of the Matrix is created for her by the machines, which repair, modify, and re-insert her into the system.
Because of the same technology that altered Neo’s past, the machines also altered Tiffany’s present life.
She now goes by the name Tiffany and enjoys riding motorcycles. Because of the machines’ modifications to Trinity’s body, she has only aged twenty years in the sixty years since her death.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen Ii as Morpheus / Agent Smith
In the role of Morpheus/Agent Smith, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II takes on the personas of both Neo’s nemesis, Agent Smith, and the hacker who first liberated him from the Matrix.
Films featuring Laurence Fishburne’s interpretation of the character have been preserved through the use of archival footage.