The Matrix Resurrections (2021) REVIEW | I Really Wanted to Love This!

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My Review of The Matrix Resurrections (2021) starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jada Pinkett Smith & more. The Video Review below is “Spoiler-Free” until 09:40.

Brief Thoughts with No Spoilers

I went into this feeling very hopeful. I know, I know, I’m a naΓ―ve optimist. I love the first Matrix, so I was hoping for the best. But I came out disappointed. It was great to see Keanu and Carrie-Anne together again. Their chemistry is really good and they carry the movie. There are some good performances by the new characters, especially Jessica Henwick as blue-haired “Bugs”. (I didn’t realize she is the actress who played Colleen Wing in Marvel’s very average Iron Fist TV Series.)

There is a lot of talking in the film, too. A lot! There’s also Doogie Howser M.D.! That was a surprise to me when I saw the first trailer. The film is very self-referential and contains some nice ideas with a few cool action scenes, but overall left me feeling disappointed. πŸ‘ΊπŸ•ΆοΈ

Are you planning to watch it?

Thanks for reading!

-Wakizashi, *freezing cold this morning. It snowed last night, luckily after I got home from seeing the movie.*

33 thoughts on “The Matrix Resurrections (2021) REVIEW | I Really Wanted to Love This!

  1. Yeah, we’re supposed to have our first real snowstorm of the season tomorrow. 3-8inches of the blasted stuff.

    I too want to like this movie. But I don’t see how it can be. So I am not very hopeful. By the time it comes out on bluray I should have enough info to know if it’s going to be worth my time to watch or not.

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      • Ha! Remember, this is YOUR blog. Your opinions are as law here. More universal and constant than gravity itself πŸ˜‰

        But seriously though, I just watched the video. I think your sum up makes it seem like it is closer to the sequels than the original. My one question would be, is this a standalone or the start of a new trilogy? I consider the Matrix to be a standalone.

        And congrats on all the likes and comments on your youtube post! You definitely tapped into a popular vein πŸ˜€

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        • The new film works as a standalone. But it could be continued. I guess it depends on the financial box office, which will be dented by the decision to release it on HBO Max at the same time.

          The spike in views and comments on my video is just a glitch in the matrix 😎 What made me laugh was my review calling the film “average & disappointing” seems to have upset a few folk. And most of them haven’t even seen it yet! Bizarro World, right? It’s just a movie, guys! Get some perspective in your lives. πŸ˜‚

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          • Glad to hear it can be a standalone. I’m tired of multi movie stories.

            I was that way about the phantom menace. It was Star wars so if course it was automatically awesome, w/o me even needing to see it πŸ™‚
            So I think they’re younger people w/o enough experience yet.

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  2. I absolutely loved Matrix 1, but was disappointed by the next ones. No, Iβ€˜ll give this a pass and stay with my fond memories of the first one. Trinity can’t be hot enough to lure me back (she’s also legacy code now, so many years after)

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  3. I’m planning on seeing it … I enjoyed the trailer, so I hope to like the full movie. Like many people, I was blown away by the first Matrix. Then I heard the sequels weren’t very good, so I never saw them. I don’t think this new Matrix will capture the magic of the first one for me, since the concept and styled action were already introduced back then. You mentioning that the new film is self-referential sounds like a let-down. But I hope the movie has at least something different to say.

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    • I enjoyed the sequels despite their flaws. But the original Matrix blew my mind, like a lot of people. The first film works as a standalone and didn’t need sequels, but money, right? I started re-watching Matrix Reloaded last night and got pulled back into it. Maybe it was after watching the new movie, but Reloaded looked and felt so much better. The fight choreography in the new Matrix pales in comparison to the first 3 films. At least the story is interesting but I wasn’t sure if it was being played for ironic laughs or being serious(ish). I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for your comment.

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  4. Like so many people, I loved the first Matrix movie and hated the rest of them… this is supposed to be less serious (at least that’s what I heard…) which might be a good thing, at least compared to parts 2 and 3… I think I will see it, with no great hopes the disappointment will not be huge πŸ˜‰

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  5. My expectations were already pretty low for this. I absolutely loved the first movie. In fact, I think I went to the theater to watch that more times than any other movie I’ve ever seen. Just couldn’t get enough. I was disappointed with movies 2 and 3, thinking perhaps they should have just left well enough alone and stopped at the first one. So this one has me very skeptical. Thankfully, though, none of this has in any way lessened either my memory or enjoyment of that first film. πŸ™‚

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    • As I’ve said in other comments, at least this film tries something new. There are good ideas in it and the performances are mostly very good. It felt too long and too filled with ideas. Maybe they should’ve made a TV series instead?

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    • Me too. I put on Reloaded for the first time in years and was surprised by how much it holds up, especially the first half. Pretty much until the Architect scene which I think is where the film lost its way. I enjoyed it when it first came out but haven’t re-watched it as much as the Matrix. After watching the new film, it was interesting to compare them. Reloaded “feels” like a Matrix movie. The new one is something different. But a lot of people are saying it’s great, so there you go. I hope you enjoy it. 😎


  6. Just watched the film and I enjoyed it. I wasn’t expecting it to be 1999 again and I really enjoyed my time in the cinema. It’s a good science-fiction film and had some great new characters. Plus, I really enjoyed visiting the Machine City, so all in all 8/10 for me. Just watching your YouTube video 😎

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