Review in Brief: The Matrix Resurrections (2021)

Well this is about as good as a really meta belated follow-up to THE MATRIX was ever going to be, which given Lana Wachowski’s return to direct the project means, pretty damn good. Decades after the events of the Matrix Trilogy, Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) find themselves trapped in a new and more sophisticated version of the Matrix simulation awaiting liberation by human freedom fighters lead by Bugs (Jessica Henwick). Wachowski comments on, and takes full advantage of how the real world’s society, culture and technology has changed over 20 years and, perhaps uniquely for a distinctive cinematic auteur, fully acknowledges that the preeminent art form today is video games, not film. As with all of the Matrix sequels, the philosophising in RESURRECTIONS can be laboured and tedious, but the dazzling presentation, flow of the action and the wealth of new ideas on show makes it well worth another trip down the rabbit hole. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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