The Reel Review


18 years after the third film in the Matrix sci-fi franchise, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss resurrect their iconic roles as Neo and Trinity in this sequel, where most humans still are brainwashed slaves in a robot-controlled universe where reality is merely a construct.

Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss in The Matrix Resurrections.

For Matrix fans, seeing Reeves and Moss back together onscreen is a sheer delight, even if the sequel’s overly self referential premise is a little dubious. Reinserted into the Matrix, Neo is now designer of the Matrix video game (really?!) while ass-kicking Trinity is now a wife and mom named Tiffany (um, ok). An amazing looking Moss, who appears as though she hasn’t aged a single day in 18 years, is mesmerizing, really shining in the third act. Jessica Henwick (Love and Monsters, Game of Thrones) is Bugs, the leader of a ragtag crew that locates Neo, and a convincing Neal Patrick Harris is Neo’s therapist. But not all of the casting additions are so solid. Yahya Abdul-Mateen and Jonathan Groff feel more like stand-ins for Lawrence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving, who were way more compelling as Morpheus and Agent Smith in the prior films.

Jessica Hardwick, Keanu Reeves and Yahya Abdul-Mateen in The Matrix Resurrections.

At two and a half hours long, The Matrix Resurrections drags way more than it should, with way too many boring, overly-choreographed fight scenes. But the eye-popping visual effects – the dark and brooding computer AI world in particular – are out of this world amazing. If only there had been more of that, to help offset a story that, while fun for hardcore fans, is only mildly interesting for everyone else, and lacks the cool, mind-bending elements of the original.


• Lana Wachowski says writing this sequel was her way of coping with the deaths of her parents (who died just five weeks apart) and a close friend.

• The original Morpheus, Lawrence Fishburne, was not asked to join this sequel and Hugo Weaving, the original Agent Smith, was unable to join due to scheduling conflicts.

Steven Roy and Carrie-Anne Moss have been married since 1998 and have two children.

• While she’s been busy in television (Tell Me a Story, Wisting), Carrie-Anne Moss’ last film role prior to The Matrix Resurrections was 2017’s The Bye Bye Man, which topped The Reelness’ 10 Worst Films of 2017 list.


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