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Watched The Matrix Resurrections

Watched The Matrix Resurrections from

Return to a world of two realities: one, everyday life; the other, what lies behind it. To find out if his reality is a construct, to truly know himself, Mr. Anderson will have to choose to follow the white rabbit once more.

There were definitely things I liked about this movie, though it wasn’t very good, and didn’t make a lot of sense. I have a soft spot for Keanu and like most of his work (even if I don’t like the movie). It was fun that they brought back so many actors from the original — too bad Hugo Weaving couldn’t return (although he may be relieved not to be in it since the writing wasn’t very good). I appreciated that they kept Carrie-Anne Moss as the love interest.

The movie was extremely meta about being a reboot, weirdly so, and self-referential to the point of “quoting” the first movie by inserting scenes and clips. The plot often felt like an excuse to go down memory lane for the sake of seeing some actors from the previous movies, almost like a fan movie of itself. I feel like Lana Wachowski didn’t really want to make an action flick, and sandwiched some exciting action around the meta discussion and commentary she wanted. Unfortunately, the fight choreography wasn’t up to the standards of the first movie, and the final plot was so nonsensical my husband and I kept asking each other if the other was making any more sense of it. The sound mixing also made it hard to understand anything the actors were saying. I wish she could have made the movie she wanted instead of the movie the studios expected — or that they’d handed it over to a different director. This movie had a lot of interesting ideas that were sadly underdeveloped and overstuffed into something trying to mash together the highlight moments from the previous trilogy.

Loved the outfits of Morpheus 2.0. He was underused IMO. Overall there were too many characters, so you couldn’t spend enough time with any of them.

The prosthetics / makeup / whatever they used to age up a character from the first movie were uncanny valley bad.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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