The Matrix Resurrections is an American science fiction action film produced, co-written, and directed by Lana Wachowski. It is the fourth installment in The Matrix film series. Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith reprise their roles from previous films in the series, where they are joined by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Christina Ricci.
The wait is over and did it live up to the hype and anticipation. In a word…Ugh. So much character development so much visual awesomeness in the trilogy to draw from and all I kept thinking was this was not really a sequel. Felt to me like a tv adaption that was playing off the hype of the films to get some eyeballs to watch. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed watching KungFu. I enjoyed the Sci-Fi aspects of this movie. What I did not like was the deviation from the original storylines. Things inserted just to make something work in the moment while not looking at how that might destroy certain elements of the original movies. How rules changed, and how things in this movie could have just ended the original story before it ever began. Storytelling is an art form. Sadly I have felt like the pitch of an idea, has now become the whole movie, wherein in all great movies from the past the story was the key, and the pitch was just the hook to want to know more. All too often I feel that we have hollow stories and with a few targeted questions, the whole illusion comes crashing down. My last plea to Hollywood. Please stop eliminating our favorite villains. We need evil to balance heroes. Everyone does not need to be redeemed. All the best villains are truly evil, and we want to see them beat, not turned...at least I do. Like other frustrating movies this year if you watch the trailer you have pretty much seen the whole movie.
Ranking 7/10 only for the franchise's sake.