The Matrix Resurrections Explained: What’s Up With the Ending?

The Matrix Resurrections is the last big theatrical premiere of 2021, which leaves a very mixed impression. Nearly twenty years ago, the return of Neo and Trinity seemed impossible. However, Lana Wachowski revived the franchise by dedicating the fourth film to the unbeatable power of love between the characters of Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss.

“Matrix: Resurrection” / The Matrix Resurrections

Genre science fiction
Directed by Lana Wachowski
Cast Keanu Reeves (Thomas Anderson / Neo), Carrie-Anne Moss (Tiffany / Trinity), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Morpheus), Jessica Henwick (Bugs), Jada Pinkett Smith (Niobe), Lambert Wilson (Merovingian), Jonathan Groff (Agent Smith), Daniel Bernhardt (Agent Johnson), Priyanka Chopra Jonas (Sati) ), Neil Patrick Harris (psychoanalyst), etc.
Компании Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Silver Pictures, Warner Bros.
Release year 2021
IMDb website
Where to watch cinemas

In 1999, the Wachowski brothers released The Matrix, which changed the way science fiction was seen in cinema. Of course, this is not the first story about the confrontation between people and machines, and cyberpunk was already held in high esteem by that time (film critics immediately noticed that ideas from Ghost in the Shell slipped into Wachowski’s work). Despite this, the picture was innovative – viewers from all over the world were delighted with slow-motion action scenes, watching the main character dodge flying bullets. Since then, bullet time has been associated with Neo, who learned to bypass the system (although the technique of combined filming, with which to achieve the effect of freezing time, appeared long before the release of the film).

In May 2003, the second part of The Matrix was released, and in November the third picture arrived – they were not received as welcome as the first film, in which there were neither rebels from Zion, nor numerous contacts with the characters who became the embodiment of programs. By the way, in the same year, The Animatrix appeared – an animated anthology that expands knowledge about the world where artificial intelligence created a simulation of reality.

The finale of The Matrix divided Wachowski fans into two camps. Some were delighted with the philosophy of the franchise, others praised only the first part, refusing to accept the continuation. Obviously, The Matrix: Resurrection will cause even more controversy and will probably confuse even those who were able to love the entire trilogy.

In the early 2000s, it seemed that the issue with The Matrix was finally closed – talking to the press, the brothers said that they did not plan to shoot a sequel. The Wachowskis moved on to other subjects, writing the scripts for V for Vendetta and The Invasion. They then adapted the anime Speed ​​Racer, conceived and directed Cloud Atlas, Jupiter Ascending. And don’t forget that the Wachowskis created the fantasy series Sense8.

During this time, both filmmakers made a transgender transition, becoming the Wachowski sisters. Also in their lives there was a sad event that influenced the return of the “Matrix”. The directors’ parents died, and personal grief prompted Lana Wachowski to find solace in the resurrection of her favorite characters. Speaking at the Berlin International Literary Festival, Lana admitted: “I didn’t have a mom and dad anymore, but suddenly there was Neo and Trinity, perhaps the two most important characters in my life.”

The idea was supported by the producers of Warner Bros., but Lilly Wachowski did not join the revival of the franchise. But Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss responded to the offer, agreeing to participate in the project.

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Here’s another thing that is very important – before watching the movie “The Matrix: Resurrection” it would be nice to remember the events from previous tapes. A large number of visual references will appear in the new picture (especially to iconic scenes from the first part), and in the course of the plot development, the names of characters who played an important role in resisting the machines will sound. And, of course, it is worth starting from the fact that we all believed in the death of Neo and Trinity.

And now briefly about the plot of the new film, in which the familiar Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) appears. He is the developer of the Matrix game, and his product is very popular. It seems that Anderson has everything for a comfortable life, but he is experiencing an existential crisis. The hero feels intense sadness and sees something that does not exist. Thomas visits a psychoanalyst (Neil Patrick Harris) who helps him return to normal. But the blue pills no longer help, and reality is mixed with inexplicable visions.

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What immediately catches the eye are the bright colors of the film, which are different from the dark green frames from previous films. The tone of the narration also changes – jokes appear in the script that flirt with the audience, guessing their comments after the session. One of the key characters, allegedly discussing the game, tells Anderson that Warner Bros. wants a continuation of the trilogy, and it will certainly happen – with or without the creators of the story. And the programmers, analyzing the release, guess what made it so successful: action, intricate plot or punk aesthetics from the late 90s.

If we talk about the new characters from The Matrix: Resurrection, then everything is pretty bad here. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick and Jonathan Groff get important roles, but their characters become hostages of associations that have remained after watching previous films (familiar faces that played a key role in the development of the story cannot be replaced).

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As for the secondary characters, they remain indistinct extras. And Jada Pinkett Smith, returning to the role of Niobe, dissolves under a thick layer of makeup that does not add credibility to her actions.

It is clear that no one can be more important than the heroes of Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, who will meet each other again. Even if there is absolutely nothing to like about the new “Matrix”, at the sight of Neo and Trinity the level of skepticism drops sharply – it’s still very joyful to watch their reunion. Obviously, in the fourth film, Lana Wachowski relies on a sense of nostalgia, as well as a belief in the love of the characters – this feeling, as before, becomes the main driving force in the distorted reality.

Alas, the love of the characters is not enough to cover the controversial points in the plot (and there are plenty of them). In addition, in the “Matrix” we want to see exciting action, but instead we get uninteresting fights, mounted not in the best way (we have something to compare with – before, the franchise delighted the audience with the staging of fights from Yuan Heping, who taught the actors the art of martial arts).

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As expected, Lana Wachowski uses the legendary bullet time, but even this technique, as well as stills from old films, cannot smooth out the ambiguous impression that remains after the session ends.

Perhaps the fourth “Matrix” is designed only for those who just want to see familiar characters, not paying attention to the circumstances of the meeting. Or everything is not so bad, just for a powerful production there was not enough one more Wachowski sister, who previously made her significant contribution to the franchise.

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Pros: Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are back in their roles; tie-in with Thomas Anderson; triggers a sense of nostalgia; jokes that are voiced in advance by the comments of the audience Cons: new characters fade against the background of old heroes, and minor figures remain just extras; uninteresting fights; controversial moments in the plot Conclusion:

after watching the fourth “Matrix” there is an extremely ambiguous aftertaste. On the one hand, seeing Neo and Trinity return is very exciting. On the other hand, the key moments of the franchise no longer work.

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