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It's been 18 years since we last saw Neo in The Matrix Revolutions. He made a deal with the machines, sacrificing himself in order to defeat Agent Smith. The last thing we heard was the Oracle stating we'd see Neo again. From then on, fans speculated when, if, and how Neo would return. Well, Lana and Lilly Wachowski have finally brought their vision for the fourth Matrix film to life. Will that lead to a new trilogy? I hope so. But if not, that's okay. It's just good to finally have some semblance of resolution to the Oracle's words.
The film follows Thomas Anderson who works for a game company. He's garnered fame and status after inventing a trilogy of video games called The Matrix. While the world sees Thomas as a visionary, Thomas himself feels like his games were memories rather than just a story. His therapist assures Thomas that his dreams and feelings are just a result of a fractured mind trying to heal. But a young woman named Bugs teams up with Morpheus to help Thomas realize his true identity is Neo and he needs to be reawakened to bring down a new threat to the next iteration of the Matrix.
Resurrections had a ton of nostalgic callbacks to the original trilogy and brilliantly weaves a story that explains what actually happened after Revolutions and how Neo survived. I loved the psychological PTSD angle the story took in its prologue and how brilliantly Keanu Reeves was able to portray it. It seems that this new villain that has emerged has been watching from the shadows for quite some time, waiting for his opportunity to take over. It's pretty obvious who it is before the big reveal, however, the way the villain's revealed is fantastic and beautifully choreographed.
The Wachowskis have incredible, visionary minds. Their sense of direction and writing-style is unparalleled. They have an amazing talent that can draw you in and keep you invested from start to finish. The Matrix series has been the Wachowskis most successful property and hopefully continues to be.
One thing that was particularly endearing about this entry was seeing Keanu and Carrie-Ann reunite on-screen. They meet inside the Matrix as Thomas and Tiffany, feeling the familiarity between themselves but not yet remembering their past together. It was a sweet moment in itself, feeling like it was literally how Keanu and Carrie-Ann must have reunited off-screen. When they finally truly reunite as Neo and Trinity, the love in their eyes is so beautiful that it's near-impossible to not feel some form of nostalgia as you're suddenly reminded of their very first kiss in the first Matrix film.
In conclusion, Matrix Resurrections is everything I could have ever wanted in a sequel and I look forward to the future of the franchise in hopes that the Wachowskis continue their story. I give the film a 4 out of 4.
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