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Very few things get me quite this excited. The Matrix films are hands down some of the best films ever made in my opinion. To hear there is going to be a fourth film makes me ultra excited - I really hope that justice is done to the film.

If you haven't watched it already, go watch the new Matrix Resurrections trailer 1. As of writing, it is #5 on Youtube trending and has over 11 million views, 440k upvotes in just 10 hours.

So some things off the bat:

Scenes Review

I'll go through some of the most important scenes of the trailer as I see them.

Opening Scene

So first things first, is the very first scene we are presented with:

Opening scene

Opening scene

I'm not sure if it's supposed to be, but it looks CGI. As you can see there is no green tint, there is tonnes of colour and this is supposed to represent the non-machine controlled world (i.e. people are "free"). It does appear to be in the Matrix.

Psychiatrist

The trailer opens up the dialogue by showing Neo being interviewed by a Psychiatrist.

Psychiatrist: "Thomas..."

Black cat meows.

Psychiatrist: "You seem particularly triggered right now - can you tell me what happened?"

Neo: "I've had... Dreams that weren't just dreams."

In the original films, before Neo is Neo, he is Thomas A. Anderson. It appears that at least for part of this film, he has been reinserted into the Matrix and his memory is somewhat changed. I assume that after the last film, the machines took him away and reinserted him into the fields.

Black cat

Black cat

The black cat itself is significant to any watcher as a black cat meowing (twice) was how Neo accidentally noticed that the agents had changed the Matrix as part of a trap. This appears to be a nod to older fans that the machines are up to something and changing stuff.

Next we have the Psychiatrist say the word 'triggered', something that concerns me deeply. I hope it is just clinical terminology, but it also could be woke-speak making its way into the film. Only time will tell of course.

Source Visuals

I'm not particularly impressed initially with the source visuals - they appear to be sharper of course, but the glyphs originally used don't actually seem to be present 1.

World source visual

World source visual

The world doesn't appear to be made of glyphs as it was in the original films. Contrast that to the original film:

Matrix 1 corridor source scene

Matrix 1 corridor source scene

And again with the digits:

Digit source visual

Digit source visual

You might be saying 'What's the deal, this isn't important?' - but part of the nostalgia were the iconic glyphs used. I remember at times seeing every low-key hacker running a Matrix screensaver to show how cool they were.

Matrix screensaver

Matrix screensaver

Imagine for example this setup running the Matrix screensaver across all of the displays - doesn't get much more hacker than that. It doesn't matter how jank your setup was, we were united by this film series.

Old desktop setup

Old desktop setup

What made the Matrix iconic and cool was that we were all hackers. You would see this screensaver running on a desktop or laptop and instantly recognize a fellow person of taste.

Machine City Visuals

I'm not gonna lie, the machine city visuals look insanely cool:

Machine performing some kind of surgery

Machine performing some kind of surgery

One criticism of the original Matrix trilogy was that it actually failed to explore how insanely dark the idea of the machines actually were. They literally liquefied the dead to feed to the living. There was zero compassion, it was just pure calculation.

Possible Matrix reinsertion?

Possible Matrix reinsertion?

I really like the idea of them really showing in graphic detail how truly horrifying the farms are.

Machine city

Machine city

I believe this last part is an image from the machine city itself - again, pretty cool. I hope they bring back some kind of sentinel, but also feel free to create some new stuff we haven't yet seen.

Actors

A few people have criticized Reeves for not shaving his beard - in all honesty I think it's absolutely fine. He has aged after all and it could even be used to show his lack of control over the world he is in - after all, in the Matrix they are able to project their self-image.

Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves

It would be great for example if by the end of the film, he once again is able to take control of his self-image and project the version of himself he sees. This could be quite an interesting contrast.

Next up is Trinity, who has aged exceptionally well:

Trinity

Trinity

I am really glad to see her back, as his motivation for fighting the system of the Matrix was almost entirely for her. I think without her it would have been somewhat awkward to clearly define Neo's motivation.

Blue Pill

Of course there is a not so subtle reference to Neo having taken the blue pill, i.e. chosen not to question his current reality, or at least is being encouraged to not question it.

Blue pills

Blue pills

Again, there is also the class reference to Alice in Wonderland:

Alice in Wonderland reference

Alice in Wonderland reference

Morpheus 2.0

I believe we are then introduced to a Morpheus replacement who appears to offer Neo some kind of choice between a red pill and blue pill:

New Morpheus?

New Morpheus?

It's hardly a spoiler that Neo would choose to reject the current reality (the film would be really boring otherwise). Expect some subversion of expectations though, he may initially choose the blue pill or something.

Pill choice

Pill choice

Trinity Source

Interestingly there appears to be a scene with Trinity with source mixed in with her face, like she's not real or something. I wouldn't be half surprised if the original her was killed and returned to the source - possibly being used as a system of control to keep Neo subdued in the Matrix.

Trinity with source on her face

Trinity with source on her face

Either way, I really look forward to finding out what is going on here!

Human Farm

What's the Matrix if there isn't some humans being actively farmed?

Human farm

Human farm

I think this supports the idea that Neo has been reinserted into the Matrix by the machines. Given that the peace agreement dictated that anybody who wanted to be released from the Matrix would be - does this mean the machines lied, or that the peace agreement was broken?

Ships

Hopefully we get to see some more ships! The ships were possibly one of my favourite places in the entire Matrix films.

Ship floating in open space

Ship floating in open space

EDIT: I was so distracted by the ships initially that I missed the fact that this is possibly the destroyed remains of Zion - the last human city! If so, that's absolutely awesome! Tat would have massive ramifications if so!

Agents

It appears the agents are not the original actors, but that's okay:

Human becoming an agent

Human becoming an agent

I imagine they can simply say that they have been upgraded or modified. What is interesting is the way they change is completely different, I'm not actually a fan of that.

Trinity Insertion

So from this scene we can see that at least some form of Trinity appears to be alive and also reinserted into the Matrix:

Trinity plugged in

Trinity plugged in

Concerns

One thing that does concern me is that Lana Wachowski, formerly Larry Wachowski, and Lilly Wachowski, formerly Andy Wachowski, have openly said that their transition from male to female directly influenced the previous Matrix trilogy. Apparently the entire story was an analogy of their experience in 2006.

So now I question how they have changed since their transition, what effect this will have on the story telling of the film, how the current trans climate will effect Lana's story telling of the Matrix. I really hope that she is able to capture the original ideas we knew and loved.

Initial Conclusion

I predict that if they even live up to half the hype of the previous three films, this will be the biggest film of 2021/2022 hands down. The fan base to the original three films are large and loyal - they will for sure be going to the cinemas to see this and they will for sure be highly critical.

Generally I am cautiously optimistic. I absolutely want to see this new Matrix film be a raging success and true continuation of the original film series. Absolutely worst case, if it doesn't live up to the original films it can just be ignored and they original films can continued to be enjoyed as is. I really hope this is the sequel we all hope it is.


  1. Maybe this is intentional to indicate that the Matrix is not as it once was - perhaps that source itself is entirely different.