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SMR 373: The Matrix Resurrections

Rod and Karen review the latest addition to the Matrix franchise, “The Matrix Resurrections.”


  1. ImJustSayin

    I love Rod’s comment about how Lana’s point was to make a movie with a new idea that was free of how other basterdized/laid their personal expectations on the movie in the first place. I would really like to see something that discusses how Lana and Lily work. I think Lana may be more into the high concepts and Lily. Maybe Lily is the partner that grounds Lana.

    I think the fighting could have been stronger especially the whole closing sequence; however, I really liked the movie for what it was, a love story. And we are talking about an EPIC love story. A world altering love story. It so big and grand that it helped to reshape The Matrix itself since the Analyst highlighted that the world is now driven by feeling and emotions like hope and longing. That is pretty beautiful. I think in a lot of sci-fi/fantasy based epic movies, love stories get pushed to the back. I think it was sort of brave for Lana to look at the table, clear everything off of it and then refocus it all on the love story between Neo and Trinity. Everything else, even the quality of the fighting, just took back seat to them being together.

    • ImJustSayin

      Oh one more thing. I understand why people are disappointed. When I finished the movie, I had two thoughts. The first was, “Wow, that is actually a beautiful love story.” And the second was, “I know people about to be big mad.” The series may have had this love story interwoven in it, but that is not what made the original movies memorable, dynamic, etc. SO its wrong to just say, its always been this way, which is one line of thinking on the internet. Yes, it’s been there, but the Wachowski’s definitely leaned in to it being about the action and the special affects, too. You can’t have the choreographed fights and shooting and car chases be as long as they had them in the original trilogy to just say now that none of the action was important. And this may be commentary itself on how Lana has changed and what her motivations in moving making are now.


    Right away, I could tell the fight discipline wasn’t to the level of the first three. Even direction-wise, too. Karen’s right the Wachowski siblings work best as a tandem, in terms of capturing stellar fights & action. Lana Wachowski does a fine job, but if her sister, Lilly, joined her here, things could’ve been different. Yuen Yoo Ping was the fight choreographer for the original trilogy. If they could’ve found a way to bring him back, it would’ve been dope. Shang-Chi laps this film in that category.

    Key reason I kinda dug this film, was Neil Patrick Harris being the antithesis to the Architect, who was responsible for creating The Matrix. His rousing exposition to Neo on feelings, perception & misinformation was where the film turn for me in a positive. This joint reminded me of 1994’s New Nightmare, where the actors from the Freddy Krueger films are playing themselves but there’s clever commentary on the legacy of that world. Resurrection did that pretty well, even if it felt like Keenan Ivory Wayans was gonna deliver “Message” in a envelope.

    The actors did their thing. Jessica Henwick’s Bugs is probably my favorite character here. Really dug her arc. Keanu, Carrie Anne were solid too. Then there’s Yahya’s portrayal of Morpheus…..it didn’t work, y’all. Wanted to like it, disliked the execution. Should’ve retired the character & let him play someone else, like, ya know, The Son of Morpheus. Johnathan Groff is fine as Smith, but I didn’t like that we didn’t get a proper explanation into his return. Just felt like he was back & that’s that.

    I did like this film, but it could’ve been so much more, instead of a “remember us” trip down memory lane.

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