The Stream: Boring Storyline with unimaginative action sequences
The Big Screen: Big time action sequences and nostalgia galore
The Final Bill: HBO Max so go watch but don’t chance Omicron with those nighttime prices– S2S: Movie Review
Director: Lana Wachowski
Writers: Lana Wachowski(based on characters created by), David Mitchell, Aleksandar Hemon
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Rating: R (violence and guns)
Runtime: 2 hours 23 minutes
Production Companies: Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Silver Pictures
Platform: Released in theaters December 22, 2021 and HBO Max
Streamers, last week came the long-awaited return of a franchise that changed the way many thought of the world around y2k, The Matrix. This Christmas, 22 years later, the franchise has been resurrected from the John wick depths of movies in the form of The Matrix Resurrections. Of course, we have Keanu Reeves bringing back his classic role of Neo trying to break free of the matrix once again. Let’s see how this 4th installment went.
Now, I know plot wise from the third movie you’re thinking… Didn’t white Jesus die in the last movie? The answer is literally that answer; and so, the action sequences are the only reason to watch this movie. The plot as a whole is whack, uncreative and a waste of time and money. What I will say is that they should’ve combined the third movie and this film because that might have been a better use of entertainment time. This movie felt better as a continuation, ending and hope-for-a-future sequel than third installment of the original Matrix Trilogy, which to me confirms that they wasted time with The Matrix Revolutions. The problem is this movie’s plot feels like a complete retread. It almost feels like The Matrix re-do me-too movement. As a whole there’s nothing wrong with the plot per se, but following a movie like The Matrix which was so iconic and game changing, the payoff with Resurrections just feels weak. If you’re looking for a game changer, this isn’t the one.
Now, as far as action goes, the movie is semi-entertaining, particularly as a streaming option. Why semi you ask? Well, a lot of the action was repetitive and again not as cool as the original film or a lot of new violent films out now. I blame you Johnny-Two-Toes-Wick. I guess what it really comes down to is that the movie has good elements but it’s just not as cool as you want it to be. It’s above average in execution but everything else is just average.
Unfortunately, The Matrix Resurrections just doesn’t live up to the hype of the original Matrix. After 18 years of waiting, you just want a bit more. The movie was actually very crisp and looked very good, but the storyline was just boring and uncreative. If you’re looking for some nostalgia and good action, this is definitely the flick to catch on a streaming service but no need to rush to the theater. Grab the matinee for the theater (or not because omicron is crazy) and a big box for the hell of it on HBO Max (I mean it’s free you can’t not watch it).