There’s so much action—guns, rocket launchers, crashes, Neo (Keanu Reeves) still knowing kung fu—in this trailer it honestly feels like the movie may be just one action scene peppered with the once (and future?) One stuck in a “strange, repeating loop” where he’s haunted by moments from the original movies. The way Resurrections literally repeats scenes from The Matrix, even implying that old Neo might interact in some way with young Neo, is fascinating to behold. I’d be worried that the film will end up being too repetitive, except Bugs (Jessica Henwick) says, “Maybe this isn’t the story we think it is.” She might as well be talking to the audience, promising Resurrections will build off The Matrix, not just ape it.
Bugs’ line “The most important choice in Neo’s life… is not his to make” is also tantalizingly vague. The most important choice the character made in the original movie was pointedly his own: Taking the red pill that freed him from the Matrix, instead of the blue pill that would have allowed him to remain inside the virtual world. Since Resurrections seems to be putting Neo through the same paces, and previous trailers have made it clear he doesn’t remember anything about his previous life/incarnation, it stands to reason that he’d face the same choice again. And since we also saw him taking mountains of blue pills in the first trailer, I can easily see members of the human rebellion feeling the need to shove the red pill down his throat, rather than asking politely.
Directed by Lana Wachowski, The Matrix Resurrections stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Christina Ricci. The movie arrives in theaters and on HBO Max on December 22.
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