Is the “Matrix resurrections” a good movie? Review
The announcement of “The Matrix Resurrections” really put everyone in such a good mood that we just could not wait for its release. The reason for this is because it seems like the beginning of a continual renewal in the Matrix installments after the release of “The matrix” (1999), “The Matrix Reloaded” (2003), “The Matrix Revolutions” (2003), and now with the release of “The Matrix Resurrections” (2021) which is 18 years after the release of the last one in The Matrix Franchise.
However, after the world premiere of “The Matrix Resurrections” on December 16, 2021, people’s reactions have been relatively mixed. These reactions are simply based on the fact that some think “The Matrix Resurrections” is not a good movie while others think otherwise.
But is “The Matrix Resurrections” a good movie? Let’s see!
For someone who hasn’t been a fan of the Matrix, or let’s just say, for most of us who have seen the movie since ten years, grasping the entirety of the plot may be a problem. The plot itself is not the major problem. The plot arrangement is.
“The Matrix Resurrection” seems like it was arranged to move in circles before arriving at the original intent of the movie. We get that Neo (Character played by Keanu Reeves) is trying to discover the actuality of his person and escape from his trap, but at a point, it seems like that was not the major intent of the plot, his adversary- Smith was.
However, the tables of the plot begin to turn again when we discover that freeing Trinity(Character played by Carrie-Anne Moss) is now the focus of the plot. We get that there is a major plot and there are sub-plots, but these sub-plots should have been signposted as clear as possible. In a vast developed setting as “The Matrix Resurrections”, one can easily get lost in what is happening and what is not.
The point remains that while the plot, not being perfect, can still work as the backbone for “The Matrix Resurrections”, this hope was reduced when different events and sub-plots began to clash into each other.
it’s no longer news that “The Matrix” originally has a complex movie structure, but this is not a problem at all. The problem is trying to break down this complex structure to people and showing them the simplicity of the complex structure at the end of the story.
However, with “The Matrix Resurrections”, it really doesn’t work like that, you get to a point and you are like “Oh…so this is the purpose of the story”, then you get to another point and you realize you were wrong.
All the convolutions should have been taken care of so it doesn’t become hard to follow the movie.
While still saying the plot is actually a good one (but too meshed), it would have helped if the plot was not stretched too thin. It got to a point that I had to force myself to follow the movie so I could see where it actually ends.
The process of following Neo’s discovery of himself got too monotonous. Even the fighting scenes came too late, and when they did, they no longer retained the power they ought to have.
One thing that would have helped the plot was if Trinity’s life had been explored. I mean, the major part of the plot was about her too, but this part was only narrated from Neo’s point of view; from his own life story.
If anything, her story seemed more intriguing and adventurous than Neo’s own. She had a fake family and children. This was worth exploring, but too much time was spent on Neo and his rediscovery. The consequence of this was that the plot was stretched too thin.
Whoever wrote the script of “The Matrix Resurrections” deserves their applause. While it is easy to get lost in the plot, the dialogue of the characters and their information delivery brings us back to the story and makes us understand what is really going on.
Although the effect wears off gradually, we felt the effect of the “mysterious” storyline and events of “The Matrix Resurrections” for some minutes through the dialogue of the characters. If anything, the scriptwriting is what makes the movie understandable enough.
It acts as a connection between the events and the characters, and inspires viewers to continue seeing the movie.
Meanwhile, the writing suffers some loopholes when we find it hard to feel the effect of dialogues by The General (Character played by Jada Pinkett Smith) and the comedy that was infused into the movie. This attempt is commendable, but the comic relief could not be felt because tension had not be created.
The question of what exactly we should be scared of hangs in the air for a long, long time, that when we actually know what the heroes are up against, we don’t feel the kind of heightened anxiety and worry that we ought to feel.
Keanu Reeves tries to be the hero of the movie, but it’s hard to picture him in such a position because we do not really see him as one no matter how many times the characters try to emphasize his abilities and their respect for him.
Although Keanu’s delivery could have been worked on, he puts in the effort to portray his characterization well and deliver to a certain extent.
We do not really get attached to the other characters as such, although the captain- Bugs seemed to stand out among them, we do not really care about the other characters as such and we do not get awed completely by their performance. We are not too invested in any of them to care what happens to them.
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While Bugs (Character played by Jessica Henwick) and Morpheus (Character played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) seem to capture our attention each time, the same can not be said of the other characters. This does not seem like the fault of the actors themselves but it seems like a characterization problem.
The surprising thing is why anyone would cast Priyanka Chopra as a minor character in a movie such as “The Matrix”. I was actually looking forward to seeing Priyanka in the movie, and although her character came in very late, each moment she took in each scene was felt. She completely delivered.
If anything, she should have been cast in a major role. This would have sustained interest in the movie because the basic truth is that Priyanka knows how to put so much life into the most boring of characters.
“The Matrix Resurrections” does not fall short on setting. The setting is as intriguing and jaw-dropping as it should be. It completely registers the mood and atmosphere of each scene and exalts the relatability of the movie.
The fact that the setting also changes frequently, with each scene registering a different setting, transcends the monotony of the movie and makes it a bearable watch.
So is “The Matrix Resurrections” a good movie? Take away the plot complications and character underdevelopment and it could actually pass for a good enough watch. The setting and scriptwriting is done well, but the characters should have been more developed, the plot could have had a better structure, and the events should have been more connected.
• Keanu Reeves as Thomas Anderson. He was fixed by machines after his death and in order to aid easy control of him, his memories were suppressed.
• Carrie-Anne Moss as Tiffany/Trinity. Her memories were also suppressed through a presentation of the charade that she is a mother of two kids. She is Neo’s love interest.
• Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Morpheus who freed Neo from his suppression
• Jessica Henwick as Bugs. She is the captain of “The Hovercraft” and she strongly encourages her team to fight for Neo and Trinity’s freedom while making sacrifices for her actions.
• Jonathan Groff as Smith. He is Thomas Anderson’s business partner
• Neil Patrick Harris as The Analyst. He is Thomas’ therapist who is the actual creator of The Matrix
• Priyanka Chopra Jonas as Sati who was saved by Neo during the Machine War
• Jada Pinkett Smith as Niobe. She is the General of “The Hovercraft” and reluctantly agrees to free Trinity.
• Lambert Wilson as The Merovingian
• Christina Ricci as Gwyn de Vere
• Toby Onwumere as Sequoia the Operator of the Mnemosyne.
• Max Riemelt as Shepherd
• Brian J. Smith as Berg
• Eréndira Ibarra as Lexy a crew member of the Mnemosyne who idolizes Trinity.
• Telma Hopkins as Freya
• Chad Stahelski as Chad Tiffany’s husband.
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