“The Matrix Resurrections”: the Future is Now!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 23 December 2021 > What's On

Eighteen years after The Matrix Revolutions, which we thought was the third and final Matrix film, Lana Wachowski has directed a fourth: The Matrix Resurrections. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are back in black in the iconic roles they made famous: Neo and Trinity.

The Matrix franchise primarily consists of a trilogy of science-fiction films written and directed by the Wachowski siblings. The first film The Matrix was released in March 1999; after its success, two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded  and The Matrix Revolutions, were released in 2003.

The Matrix is a cyberpunk story incorporating many references to hacker subcultures, philosophical and religious ideas but also mythology, Japanese animation, Hong Kong action films, spaghetti westerns and homages to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

The series depicts a future in which reality perceived by humans is actually the Matrix.

Sentient machines simulate reality, in order to pacify and subdue the human population. The machines use the humans’ bodies as an energy source for all their activities. Upon learning this, Neo is drawn into a rebellion against the Machines.

The Matrix Resurrections begins with Neo, operating under his normal name Thomas Anderson. He is an award-winning game programmer and famous for having developed a successful trilogy of games called "The Matrix". But Neo’s life isn’t that simple. He has strange visions and is depressed, close to burn out.

He needs to see a therapist and has to take medication to control these "visions" and keep himself grounded in reality.

But what is reality?

As Morpheus said in the first film :  "… what is real? How do you define real? If you're talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.”

And now, you just have to see the film to know if Neo will find again an answer to this question.