When the Matrix hit in 1999, it revolutionized the way we see action films and introduced us to an amazing world that we never would’ve thought was possible. As we already know, The Matrix franchise centers on the remnants of humanity fighting for freedom from the machines that have taken over the world and enslaved them. That fight is renewed in the latest installment in the series. The Matrix Resurrection further expands upon the mythos established by the Wachowskis by touching upon nuances that refer to other Matrix stories such as the anime short films and video games along with callbacks to the previous films. Diehard fans will immediately find these Easter eggs. The film’s pacing may seem slow for some fans however this is needed to tell the story and reconnect us with Neo’s destiny as well as reveal Trinity’s purpose. If anything, it matches the pacing of the first film.
It was a joy to see Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss back on their respective rolls and they showed no signs of slowing down. We all know Reeves has been busy with the “John Wick” films hence why he looked amazing fighting off the Agents. As always, the fight sequences are well choreographed and executed beautifully by the actors, and the “Bullet Time” camera sequences make a triumphant return with a few upgrades. One of the issues fans have had was with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Morpheus, replacing Lawrence Fishburne who had previously held the role. Yahya not only embodies the character set by Fishburne, but he also puts a spin on Morpheus to make him his own. Techno/orchestral music remains the driving force of The Matrix: Resurrections with new composers Johnny Klimek and Tom Tykwer furthering along what Don Davis began in the previous films. For me, the score is a beautiful symphonic mixture of bombastic and subtlety that flowed well with whatever situation the characters were in whether it is a fight scene, a chase or even a quiet moment.
Overall, The Matrix: Resurrections is a return to form in a world where remakes and reboots of have become commonplace. It brings back what makes action grounded action movies enjoyable while reestablishing a beloved franchise to its former glory.