The Matrix: Resurrections Movie Review - Goof-up, or the work of a strategic genius?

Tom and Tiffany. Or Neo and Trinity. Only one answer is correct.

Tom and Tiffany. Or Neo and Trinity. Only one answer is correct.

I’m going to say this: it’s better to leave some things unresolved.

Pet Cemetery taught us that.

The desire to find peace from what is still lost motivates us – again and again – to find strange ways to breathe life back into it. Until we encounter a bloodthirsty, bloodthirsty version of a previously beloved pet cat.

The Matrix: Resurrections is a zombie cat, but you can see where I’m going with this.

At the end of its more than two-hour runtime (before and during the film’s screening, the Batman trailer’s repeated plays, one after the censorship certificate, resurrected. [which – can you have an aside within an aside? – made the audience collectively “ooh” and then groan when the Riddler being detained at a diner by Gotham’s finest came onto the screen yet again]. Yes, Robert Pattinson makes a very interesting Dark Knight, but do I really * want to see the same trailer for the fifth time, or do I have no other choice on the subject … or … is that what I meant? A meta node to the movie we actually had to watch ?! Was it a deliberate move to arouse Dejavu’s feelings? Either it was a real fool or a genius marketing move, maybe there’s a lesson here at another time about how the two meet.) –

Well, I lost my thread there. Rewind to “the end of its two-hour runtime” … I wondered what the benefit of it was: Fan service? An open end for Neo and Trinity, or in other words, a new beginning? Is there a chance to earn hundreds of millions of dollars? The benevolent intention of allowing the world to see more of Keenu Reeves (which, I would admit, is the most worthy inspiration when the intentions go)? all of the above? none of the above?

Since we are apparently on the train of these never-ending questions, how much of a meta commentary is a meta commentary? At what point does breaking down the fourth wall begin to seem like a narrative device and more of a gimmick? How much self-awareness can free a job from the major sin of boredom? (I’m talking about the movie, not this review you are reading. We’re clear.)

Well, the above paragraphs were a version of your pre-screening trailers – all the clutter you need to get to the real movie. Now, to reward your patience, dear mythological reader, I turn to a happy, spoiler-free summary of the altar to which I worship, even though Google Analytics taught me so well:

Riddler once again spread to wheat. Commissioner Gordon –

Sorry sorry. Now back to the real-real thing:

Tom (Thomas Anderson) is a famous game designer. The game he created – The Matrix (for the purpose: what we know to be the real world is actually an imaginary construct, set up by machines that cultivate / power humans) – is a global phenomenon.

But Tom (surprise, surprise) is not happy; He feels like he is in a meaningless job of visiting and working with his therapist. He observes – but never approaches – a striking woman in a coffee shop (called “simulate” because we want to be smart) and they both come regularly; The woman is accompanied by her children and husband from time to time. At work, his business partner, Warner Bros., told Tom that his parent company, Warner Bros., was planning to reboot the matrix, a game Tom had made clear that he had finished. They have no choice but to either take part in making the game or lose their rights to it and allow the company to move on to other creators.

(Yes. Hints to the Matrix games, bonus points for this resurgence of the franchise and Keenu Reeves’ participation in Cyberpunk 2077.)

Anyway, when he had to revisit a game, he said he would never cause Tom any more irritation. After a suicide attempt a few years ago, he was on medication – coming down from a building in the belief that he would fly – and he felt his light grip on reality slip back, as if his current atmosphere were a simulation and the world he had created. Because the Matrix game is confirming its truth.

I’m glad that Tom soon finds out what he suspects is a simulation, and that he’s reporting through a model he’s programmed into, a Matrix game, a band of young rebels in the real world searching for Neo. Over the years, they were finally able to reach out to him and dispense the red pill. Rebels have long suspected that Neo (Trinity) was resurrected by the Matrix after death (can you get some of those bonus points here for the meta hints? Thanks.) Plugged back into the system. They lay there for decades until Tom’s awakening.

You know what happens next.

Here are some new and interesting ideas and characters you might want to discover (Yahya Abdul-Matin II as a Morpheus fan). However, there are plenty of throwbacks to previous Matrix movies. Like, real throwbacks: footage from a projected trilogy where Neo can see his transition to a world outside the matrix as smooth and familiar as possible. In the description, it is explained that this footage is from the games created by Tom. In addition to helping Tom rediscover his identity as Neo, the quality and purpose of these callbacks are also an unfortunate reminder of how far this new installation in the franchise is from its predecessors.

Two scenes from The Matrix: Resurrections best illustrate the film. (Beloved Apocryphal Reader If you’ve stayed with me for so long, you may be wondering why I did not start this in the name of Oracle. Google Analytics taught me to be on the go – within seconds – friendship, what if I hadn’t run?

Well, I lost my thread (again!) For a moment there. I feel a pattern, a loop. That’s right, the scene. Go back to that. So: after being told that a reboot of the Matrix game needs to be delivered, Tom and his team of developers are thinking about which direction to take it. How to capture the original game hit and re-package it for those who are thirsty Mass? Everyone has different ideas about what ticked the first game: maybe it was the intellectual ideas contained in it. Maybe it’s a philosophical foundation. Industrial dystopian aesthetics and slick function? Its depiction of “Bullllllet Timmmme”?

Of course, it was such things that tickled the first Matrix movie. Or, at the time, it might have had something real to say – and a new language to say it. Here that originality or novelty is lacking – not in the message or the technology – and all the bad calls that resurrections make. It is almost not enough to cover this at its own expense.

When Tom tells his therapist that he’s struggling again to distinguish between the real-world and the fake-real-world, the second tells him that it is natural for Tom to slip back into his former character when confronted with a threatening situation. In times of anxiety we seek solace in nostalgia, he tells Tom.

Yes, homelessness is comforting. Although very, very rare (and only if your name is George Miller), is it really rewarding? That is its paradox: time is a flat circle, but as Heraclitus responded, “You cannot go down the same river twice.” Whatever we long for in the past, we know it is in the past. Our view of it, its desirability, lies in its impossibility. If you try to recreate it, you’ll get a frustrating faximile. Nostalgia is a blue pill. (So ​​take the red pill. Now! Take it!)

Dear readers Genius. All I know is this: whatever our personal conclusions may be, they are the color of nostalgia.

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