Like a slow-mo roundhouse kick to the noggin, The Matrix totally rocked the cinematic landscape when it released back in 1999. Blending hyper-stylish Hong Kong martial arts cinema with the heady, philosophical cyberpunk literature of Philip K. Dick and William Gibson et al, the Wachowskis’ sci-fi action epic was, in essence, a ‘Thinking Person’s Star Wars’. Fast-forward 21 years and not only do we have an animated series, three video games, a bunch of books and comics, as well as two sequels (more on these later), we also have an upcoming fourth installment from the original writer-director, Lana Wachowski, – titled The Matrix Resurrections – that is all set to launch on December 22 in theaters and on HBO Max.
While many fans are champing at the bit to return to the simulated reality of the titular computer program later this year, a subsection of enthusiasts are understandably a little cautious about how Warner Bros. will handle the much anticipated project. So, without further ado, here are four things we want to see in The Matrix Resurrections. Let’s get into it, shall we?
It Needs to Connect Itself With Our Modern World in a Meaningful Way
4 Things We Want to See in The Matrix Resurrections
When The Matrix launched back in 1999, it was a cutting edge sci-fi film that felt surprisingly grounded: the Y2K bug was on the horizon, the internet as we know it was starting to become more ubiquitous, and cell phones were exponentially growing in popularity. Not only did the Wachowskis’ hacker espionage action-thriller tap into these feelings in a really relevant, inventive and resonant way, but it would also go on to popularize the complex high-concept notion of a simulated reality amongst a mainstream audience. No small feat, indeed.
In other words, the original movie struck at a perfect point in time, just as we were at the precipice of ushering in an entirely new millennium, and looking back, The Matrix capitalized on that. The thing is, our world has changed a lot since the late ’90s and hopefully the upcoming sequel can reflect these changes. Essentially, The Matrix Resurrections needs to connect to our new, modern world in a meaningful way – just like the first pic did – and make the bullet-dodging action and metaphysical rambling relevant again in 2021.
Frankly, this will all come down entirely to the writing team, but thankfully, with one of the original writer-directors attached to the project, there’s a good chance that The Matrix Resurrections will be more than just a shiny piece of fan service.