The Matrix: Resurrections review: Love it, hate it, but you can't ignore this Keanu Reeves movie

    The Matrix: Resurrections review: Love it, hate it, but you can't ignore this Keanu Reeves movie

    2.5

    Movie Name: The Matrix Resurrections

    Genre: Sci-Fi

    Cast: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra, Purav Kohli

    Director: Lana Wachowski

    The Matrix: Resurrections review: Love it, hate it, but you can't ignore this Keanu Reeves movie
    Updated : December 22, 2021 04:17 PM IST

    If there's one thing that all 90s kids would be proud of, it has to be Matrix. The film that released in 1999 changed the way the generation looked at sci-fi and became a definition of 'cool'. No points for guessing that I wasn't this cool kid on the block and therefore I found my way to The Matrix only recently. But, that being added, there's no taking away that I found even this movie relevant at every time, and it also gave had a whole new meaning and layer. Creating a masterpiece is a matter of chance, and to be maintaining that consistency with that baggage is one of the biggest challenges. And when the Matrix returned after 18 years since the release of its third film- The Matrix Revolutions, the one question that I had, and probably most fans would have is that- can that level be reached again, or that pace and consistency maintained. 

    Well, for me, Matrix resurrection felt thanda. The film began with a great premise, and a huge promise. Much like Spiderman- this one played with nostalgia and brought back the memories that people would have with Matrix. The plot took some time to unravel itself, but this was once again the journey of choosing between the blue and the red pill, and as you must have guessed from the trailer- of reuniting with Trinity. What goes on, what happens, why is Keanu Reeves back again as Thomas Anderson- this review isn't going to give out any of it. Trust me, it is more fun unraveling the mystery than reading about it here. In fact, if I give that away, I might be giving away some of the best parts about the film.

    Apart from nostalgia, there's one thing the film brilliantly plays at- the meta. There's a reference to the Matrix trilogy and Warner Bros. that will make you chuckle when you watch it. In fact, the start of the film and the first part of the first half is brilliant. But as you prepare to see some action, it pace slows down a bit. These are parts where the director wants to awaken the memories and the nostalgia attached to the film. However, it gets on for a bit too long.

    The second half manages to catch the pace in bits and parts, but where is the dhamakedaar action sequences, or the thrill and suspense we had in the The Matrix, even in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. What's going on with Trinity and whether she'll reunite with Neo and stay forever is a good part. In fact, there's a sequence in the second half that will hook you. But from there, the film takes a plunge and sadly, unlike Trinity, the film couldn't fly.

    The film does have some humour that will crack you up, and déjà vu gets a whole new meaning altogether here (you'll have to watch it to know guys), but all in all, fans would be a tad bit disappointed with the treatment of the film. 

    Coming to the performances, Keanu Reeves essays the role with the ease that he had. But here, he seems to have stopped trying. He is just sailing through and as a fan, I was a bit disappointed looking at how little effort he was putting to make the bullet-stopping episodes look real. He was there, acting but somewhere stopping that in between. Neil Patrick Harris was the surprise factor in this one, and no he doesn't play agent Smith. Whatever he does, he will mess with your head. Carrie-Ann Moss has scenes only in the second part of the second half and she easily sails through her parts, just with those emotive eyes! Bollywood fans have not just Priyanka Chopra to look at, but also Purav Kohli. Priyanka plays Sati and even though she has limited presence, her role is pivotal. Purab plays a colleague of Reeves' and he just has a few minutes to himself. We can only hope this will open the gate to bigger opportunities for the talented actor in the West.

    I will be nuetral to this one and say that every Matrix fan should watch it, not thinking about whether they would be happy or disappointed. However, looks like the post mobile phone and technologically advanced era took a lot of sheen away from the movie. However, whether you choose to take the blue pill and remain in this world, or swallow the red one and be transported away from the Matrix, you won't be able to ignore it altogether. So, give it a watch, and please go without the high hopes.