Review: The Matrix Resurrections

Review: The Matrix Resurrections

By Rafa Carrillo (@RafaDDM)

Title: The Matrix Resurrections

Year: 2021

Running time: 148 min.

Country: Estados Unidos

Directed by: Lana Wachowski

Written by: Lana Wachowski, David Mitchell, Aleksandar Hemon

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Jada Pinkett Smith

The Matrix Resurrections has a running time of 148 minutes. 148 minutes that feel like a huge and boring waste of time. So to avoid wasting your precious time, I'll start the review by saying this: Don't watch this movie. If you just can't wait to watch it and you just can't believe it could be that bad, watch it on HBO Max, but my humble recommendation is that you just avoid it at all costs.

Nothing really happens during these 148 minutes. It's just 2 and a half hours of people talking and making little Marvel-style meta-jokes. There's no real conflict, the characters never appear to be under any sort of risk or challenge, and I'm talking about both the protagonists and the antagonists. This saga is primarily known for its spectacular action scenes and special effects, which they make a point to mention directly, and at the same time in complete defiance they avoid the inclusion of almost any action or fight scenes during the whole movie. The far and few ones that are featured are very short and not really interesting... it's my polite way of saying they completely suck. There's better action in even the worst MCU series like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Almost every line of dialogue is exposition, which is when the characters openly explain in boring monologues what's going in the movie instead of showing it. Think of a movie comprised mostly of scenes with the Architect from Reloaded... it's a complete snoozefest. Well, those types of scenes and also clips from the first movie to remind you of each thing that you've seen done better before. There's also now cute machines with kawaii eyes and shaped like manta rays and butterflies who cheer when the good guys are winning. It's the worst possible nightmare for people who hated ewoks, porgs and Jar Jars.

Ok, but what is the movie about? Apart from nothing really, to explain it I would have to go into "spoilers". Though this is a philosophical debate that this film incited in me: Can you really spoil something that doesn't have anything to spoil?

“spoilers” ahead…

Thomas Anderson is a celebrated videogame developer responsible for games like The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Warner Bros wants Thomas to now develop Matrix 4, so he and his team of developers start working on it but they don't have the slightest clue about what this franchise could still offer (and it shows). So they start brainstorming ideas, they even mention "bullet time" by its name, they go so far as to crudely imitate it in front of Mr. Anderson. The whole first act of the film people are coming over to the developer to remind him of everything they enjoyed about the first 3 movies... I mean, "videogames". Now Agent Smith is simply Smith and he's Thomas Anderson's boss, to whom he lovingly refers to as Tom. Because it wasn't enough that he's not played by the original actor Hugo Weaving but by Jonathan Groff (Mindhunter), now he doesn't even try to act like Agent Smith. And this is the biggest issue with this movie, it doesn't even try or if it does it fails miserably at every turn. There's a scene where Smith shamelessly almost breaks the fourth wall to say "Warner wanted to make a sequel and they were going to make it with us or without us". That's the spirit of the whole movie. I wonder if Lana Wachowski and company are aware that just because they're making meta commentary about the dumb stuff they are doing doesn't make it any less dumb.

Anyways, Anderson keeps his everyday life as a developer and frequently visits his therapist, The Analyst (Neil Patrick Harris), who despite being a great actor, here it appears as if they asked him to just be a version of Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother that lives inside the Matrix. The Analyst, accompanied by his cat Déjà Vu (remember this???), keeps on giving Neo an endless dose of blue pills (remember this too???) to keep him docile inside the Matrix. That's until this movie's version of the white rabbit shows up. A girl called Bugs (Warner Bros... wink wink), played by Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist), convinces Neo to take the red pill and wake up in the real world once again. To convince him, she takes him to a movie theater that's showing the original Matrix film because there's a running time that needs to be filled with content and clearly this movie didn't have enough steampunk to keep this leather-clad train going by itself. So Neo wakes up in the real world and he's like “Whoa… it was all true

So he asks his new friends to help him go and wake up Trinity as well. She lives inside the Matrix as Tiffany and she now has a husband and kids, who look like they're going to have something to do with the plot for all of maybe 5 seconds. So they go "rescue" Trinity, and I'm putting rescue in quotes because there are a couple of action scenes to get there where nobody gets hurt and nothing really major happens, it's mostly another excuse to pad out the running time.

So they get Trinity and the movie abruptly ends.

How is it that so few things happen in two and a half hours is a very valid question to which I have no answer. Yes, there are some corny and silly things that I omitted like how Neo isn't "The One" anymore, it's his love and union with Trinity that makes them both "The One", but for stuff like this you'd be better off watching The Lake House (and that isn't really a movie I would recommend either, sorry Keanu).

This is the laziest, most boring and stupid film I've seen in ages, I don't really know if there was any sincere intention behind it or if Lana Wachowski simply wanted to see if by delivering a piece of steaming bull like this she could get Warner off her back and stop the possibility of more Matrix movies coming in the future.

Veredict: 0.0001/7 Maharkystars

Instead of this film we recommend: The Matrix, The Thirteenth Floor, Dark City, Free Guy, John Wick, A Scanner Darkly, Ghost in the Shell.