THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS (2021) Reviews and overview



‘The choice is yours’

The Matrix Resurrections is a 2021 science fiction action thriller film and a belated sequel to The Matrix trilogy of films (1999 to 2003).

Directed by Lana Wachowski (Jupiter Ascending; Cloud Atlas; Speed Racer; Bound) from a screenplay co-written with David Mitchell and Aleksandar Hemon, based on characters co-created with Lilly Wachowski.


The movie stars Keanu Reeves, Jessica Henwick, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Christina Ricci, Carrie-Anne Moss, Ellen Hollman, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Daniel Bernhardt, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lambert Wilson, Max Riemelt, Brian J. Smith, Eréndira Ibarra and Telma Hopkins.


Twenty years after the events of The Matrix Revolutions, Neo lives a seemingly ordinary life under his original identity as Thomas A. Anderson in San Francisco, with a therapist who prescribes him blue pills to counteract the strange and unnatural things he occasionally glimpses. He also meets a woman who appears to be Trinity, but neither of them recognizes the other.

However, when a new version of Morpheus offers him the red pill and reopens his mind to the world of the Matrix, which has become more secure and dangerous in the years since the Smith infection, Neo joins a group of rebels to fight a new enemy…


“It’s fine, pretty good, serviceable […] There are moments that really work, and when it’s stunningly beautiful, it is stunning, but it’s so clear that Warner Bros. wanted to make another genre-defining movie, and this just isn’t that. There isn’t anything to hate, and the things that you can like are enough to get you through a good first watch.” Bleeding Cool

“Thanks to an endearing and entertaining reunion with old friends and new ones, the two-and-a-half-hour runtime breezes by. While it relies heavily on the past, it’s more interested in examining it from a current, lived-in perspective […] This isn’t the Matrix that we met just over twenty years ago, but a modern update that builds on its legacy with surprising and often funny tenderness.” Bloody Disgusting

“While there are a lot of familiar beats in The Matrix Resurrections that harkened back to the original trilogy, I think my favorite aspect is how it examines the concept of legacy and how we consume art in general. The questions that Wachowski, Mitchell and Hemon posit throughout this sequel are thought-provoking and intriguing and left me pondering my own feelings about life, work, my creative output, the choices I’ve made and just what all of that means…” Daily Dead

” …even though the movie doesn’t have revolutionary action scenes or filmmaking this time, it still does have a revolutionary concept. The way it addresses the meta-question of what the original trilogy means and its importance, how it’s being used to control many still in the Matrix and even bigger concerns of how we’ve turned storytelling into something that is primarily used to satiate and entertain rather than to encourage and stimulate, are revolutionary ideas worked into the context of this kind of Hollywood blockbuster sequel.” First Showing

“Reeves and Moss’s chemistry is as scorching-hot as it has always been – when they talk, the actors perfectly modulate their slightly too long-held glances and micro-smiles, so that these supposed strangers still act as if they’ve known each other since the dawn of time. The Matrix Resurrections ends with a literal call to the powers of sentimentality, empowerment and freedom…” The Independent (UK)

“The performances within The Matrix Resurrections were stellar across the board despite the exposition-heavy script with Reeves and Moss and their dynamite chemistry leading the way, not losing a beat as they returned to their iconic roles of Neo and Trinity […] Seeing each put different takes on their characters made for a compelling watch while their star power still shines through.” Keith Loves Movies

“The film looks good. It’s too long, but all of them are. (All of the Matrix films, or all films in general? Both.) The action doesn’t entirely live up to the originals, but how could it? Carrie-Anne Moss is still a force of nature, Reeves is better at being confused than any actor working today, and the balance of new faces, old faces, and younger replacements for familiar faces works.” Maddwolf

“The film’s virtues lie in its earnest desire to reclaim The Matrix as a work of humanistic intent, subverting the conventions of tentpole cinema to create one of the most sensitive and kind-hearted sci-fi romance films to date. In the end, Resurrections is the best Matrix film purely because it displays what the original trilogy has always stood for – the choice of holding the hand and never letting go.” Movie Marker

“As a piece of entertainment, The Matrix Resurrections falls short… it doesn’t have enough wow moments and disappointingly does not contain any innovative visuals or new characters […] It’s hard to generate sparks when for too much of the movie, the things we’ve come to love about The Matrix feel like they’ve been left unplugged.” Movie Show Plus

“It’s a pugnacious remix of the story that is ready to fistfight with the audience’s expectations. At the same time, the film allows itself to be vulnerable and lighthearted which is one of its greatest strengths. The sturm and drang of the first film in the series are gone. Love and cooperation are big parts of themes of the film as is the strength of women.” Nightmarish Conjurings

The Matrix Resurrections doubles up with certain scenes that combine two different slow-motion speeds in the same frame, painting some exhilarating, big-budget frescos with dozens of flying extras and hundreds of bullets. The film’s grand finale is an action gem, as it thrives on how much adrenaline you can get from layering multiple big explosions as things suddenly crash into frame, all during a high-speed chase.”

“As a story about Neo and Trinity, the fourth Matrix installment works, all while attempting to reference the past and move forward at the same time. It may linger too long in said past, sometimes showcasing too much of what made the franchise so good to begin with, but it’s hopeful in its exploration of making choices and the fear of leaving comfort and complacency behind. The action may not be at all what it once was, but the franchise has still got a whole lot of heart.” Screen Rant

“Where the love story was a means-to-an-end afterthought in the first Matrix, it’s now the crux of the tale, and the emotional undercurrents are so intoxicating that it more than makes up for the relative inelegance of the action scenes. The absence of fight choreographer Yuen Woo-ping is deeply felt whenever Resurrections goes in for close hand-to-hand combat…” Slant

“While there’s plenty to chew on in Resurrections, it still doesn’t measure up against the first Matrix as a movie. In that picture, every frame really does look like a comic book panel, and there’s never a dull moment. That’s not the case here […] Still, considering how poorly this project could have been (it’s only got one Wachowski sibling involved) I think most will be pleased with the result.” TV Guide

“While it can’t be all things to all fans of the franchise, The Matrix Resurrections is a damn good film and a much better sequel than there was any reason to expect it to be. Given the time that’s passed since the original trilogy, the behind-the-scenes drama and the fact only one of the creators returned to write and direct it I had my doubts it wouldn’t be anything but a bland rehash. Instead, it’s an enjoyable film…” Voices from the Balcony

Release date:

The Matrix Resurrections was released in France on December 15, 2021, with various countries soon following (the UK and USA releases are on December 22nd).

Main cast and characters:

Keanu Reeves … Neo / Thomas Anderson
Carrie-Anne Moss … Trinity / Tiffany
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II … Morpheus / Agent Smith
Jonathan Groff … Smith
Jessica Henwick … Bugs
Neil Patrick Harris … The Analyst
Jada Pinkett Smith … Niobe
Priyanka Chopra Jonas … Sati
Christina Ricci … Gwyn de Vere
Lambert Wilson … The Merovingian
Andrew Caldwell … Jude (as Andrew Lewis Caldwell)
Toby Onwumere … Sequoia
Max Riemelt … Sheperd
Joshua Grothe … FunktIøn
Brian J. Smith … Berg
Eréndira Ibarra … Lexy
Michael X. Sommers … Skroce
L. Trey Wilson … Hanno
Mumbi Maina … Ellster
Max Mauff … Quillion
Purab Kohli … Zen
Freema Agyeman … Astra
Sabrina Strehl … Fiona
Andrew Rothney … Scott
Cooper Rivers … GJ

Technical details:

2 hours 28 minutes
Audio: Dolby Atmos
Aspect ratio: 2.39: 1

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