After a weekend of wasting my time rewatching the original MATRIX trilogy, I was ready to take the red pill and see RESURRECTIONS. As the digital numbers appeared on the screen, I stood up and cheered in my living room. I have waited a LONG time to be plugged back into this universe. Sadly, that cheer quickly turned to boredom in what’s mostly a misfire sequel that had me questioning, “Why do they use old code to make something new?”
There are so many things that do not work in this film. Here’s a top-five list of what keeps THE MATRIX and Neo from flying.
5. The Pacing – Despite having Deju Vu seeing the cat in RESURRECTIONS, it’s as though the filmmakers have never read SAVE THE CAT to learn about pacing. Everything is drawn out, and Lana Wachowski is obsessed with telling instead of showing us essential plot points.
4. The Plot – Whatever happens in this film doesn’t matter. There’s not much progression from the previous trilogy. Or, as one character puts it, “That’s the thing about stories, they never really end, do they?”
3. The Fight scenes – The original fight choreographer, Yuen Woo-ping, was not involved in the new film, and it’s noticeable.
2. The Catrix – Really? SMH 🤦♂️
1. The Second Act – The first act is a meta gold mine of fun. After that, the film gets stuck in world-building that’s less pleasant than taking the blue pill. The film slightly redeems itself in act three, but not enough to erase the memory of the sloppy mid-section.
Even though all of these things do not work in RESURRECTIONS, I still occasionally liked it. Look, if you grew up with the original films, there isn’t anything I can say about the new movie that will stop you from going down the rabbit hole and watching the sequel. For me, this is THE DARK KNIGHT RISES of THE MATRIX world. That means it’s a bad movie that happens to be a guilty pleasure that I unfortunately enjoyed.
You can do a lot worse than THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS. And hey, it’s not as bad as MATRIX REVOLUTIONS.
It’s available theatrically and on HBO Max.