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Subj: Re: The Matrix Resurrections
Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2022 at 11:55:32 am EST (Viewed 60 times)
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Hmmmm, if this movie had been made about 5 to 10 years after the trilogy I might have enjoyed it more.

However this movie to me overall feels like an anniversary/nostalgia attempt like Indiana Jones 4/Crystal Skull was, rather than an epilogue.

I have read complaints on other sites about "too much SJW" but I am going to disagree with those and ask all that gripe about that to rewatch the trilogy.

Many characters of either gender served the plot well. If it weren't for Morpheus, the Oracle and Trinity then Neo would not have arisen as The One in the first movie, and those three were still important in one way or another for the sequels.

Also Trinity was far from helpless in the trilogy and was quite capable of leading and fighting. She took command when Morpheus was captured and told Neo to go to hell if he had a problem with that. She easily fought alongside him when they saved Morpheus and saw him beginning to become the one first on the roof and later when she watched as Neo fought Smith in the subway. Of course it was also her little speech and kiss that helped Neo to revive himself and become The One.

Well in this movie, the men and women again all seemed to share the workload of the plot, which of course was to retrieve Neo and Trinity.

About the only time I would agree that there was an SJW slant was at the end when Neo sat back and watched as Trinity got some payback on the main villain. If you have seen the movie you know of what I speak.

Also about Neo.....with the length of his hair plus beard and mustache and the fact that he is The One returned from the dead.....he seems to look a bit like a certain person from the Bible with the initials J.C.
Coincidence or subtle plot point?

Now for some spoilers, if you haven't seen the movie yet then stop reading this now.
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Okay so here we go:

1. Zion is gone, a new city named IO stands in its place.

2. The machines are again on the warpath

3. IO has machines/AI working with the humans and IO is a major upgrade from Zion.

4. We see stock footage of Morpheus and Smith.

5. Smith is in the movie, but not as Hugo Weaving. Schedule conflicts prohibited his involvement, which is regrettable. Having him back as Smith instead of stock footage cameos would have helped the quality of the film .

6. My theory that Neo and Trinity were cloned from the DNA of their corpses from Revolutions is incorrect. This is indeed Neo and Trinity. It seems the machines have built resurrection pods and spent years repairing and reviving them. Given that Trinity was quite definitely clinically deceased and brain damage from lack of oxygen should have occurred before the machines could have retrieved her body, and that Neo had energy pumped into him from Machine City 01 to fry Smith out of the Matrix which caused energy to erupt from Neo's eyes and mouth.....well perhaps cloning them would have been the better route.

7. A new version of the Matrix is now in place, and many programs like the Oracle and Architect were purged. The Analyst is in charge, and he is a program less obsessed with facts and figures like the Architect but is still the creator/sys admin and he also understands humans like the Oracle did.

8. The new matrix relies more on keeping humans occupied with conflict and emotional stress which in turn causes humans to generate more energy for the machines, especially Neo and Trinity. Keeping them alive and always near yet still apart generated great amounts of power for the machines.

9. The Prime program that Neo has as the One appears to be imprinted or shared with Trinity now. They are both The One. Presumably this is at least in part due to Neo reviving Trinity in the Matrix in Reloaded, and also due to the resurrection process. Another minor bit of SJW could be when it is Trinity that learns to fly before Neo relearns the ability, however I don't count that as SJW just as a "surprise" revelation that she shares the power of the One, which I saw coming miles away.


So was this a good movie? Again to me it feels like it should have come out years ago. Much like Indy 4 and even TRON Legacy this feels like a sequel that just took too long to come out.

For the record I did enjoy Indy 4 and I am a long time fan of TRON, and I did enjoy TRON Legacy despite the amount of years it took for Disney to wake up and make a sequel.

However Resurrections, along with Indy 4 and Tron Legacy are examples of being just a bit too long to have been created.

Does that make it a bad movie? Not necessarily, as always the plot,acting and directing are what make or break a film.

In the end, I consider the original Matrix to be hands down the best of the 4. Resurrections in terms of quality is on par with the sequels. Good but not great.

I thought it was not very good. The wooden acting of Reeves and Moss was noted in the original films but at least they had Laurence Fishburn and Hugo Weaving to offset them. And Joey Pants. This time the new Morpheus and Bugs were not quite enough. I usually like Harris and Groff but they did not have the bite of original Smith.

This movie showed a lot, and I mean A LOT, of clips from the original trilogy. They had no confidence in the audience to connect the dots between what happened in the OT and what's happening now.

There were a few gun-fu action scenes but this was a very talky movie. Forget "show don't tell" this was "tell tell tell."

The plot's a little hard to discern. So after the original trilogy, there was peace between human and machine. You can even redpill a program now and they can leave the Matrix in a nanite body. But they freed too many humans from pods which is why the machines suffered a power loss? So instead of locking the humans back up, the machines created the Analyst who realized that humans generate more power when Neo and Trinity are around, in the Matrix. As long as they aren't together. It's an unrequited love power boost. So the Analyst built two fancy resurrection pods to bring them back from the dead so they could be reinserted into the Matrix but reskinned their avatars so no one would recognize them. But put no additional security on those pods. Let's not forget that Neo, Morpheus, etc. were only allowed to escape their pods in the OT to lead the machines to Zion.

But the legend of Neo has inspired a new generation of kids and they see through the skins and decide to wake Neo and Trinity. Okay but let's not forget that the reason to wake people before was to alert them to the true nature of the world. In this case everyone seems aware and the new Matrix and Io (new Zion) were created by human and machine together. So there's no longer an oppressing force to work against per se. But the new kids didn't know that waking Neo and Trinity would cause them all to lose power and send everyone to war which is I'm guessing what will happen at the end?

I'm not clear on who resurrected Smith or why. Wouldn't he be a liability to either side? He was so dangerous that the humans and machines paused their war to stop him. The new Morpheus already said he was a "combo pack" of original Morpheus and Smith so why did we need another Smith?

My other problem was that there was nothing much new in this one. Say what you will about Matrix 2 and 3, but while they continued the style and visual language of the first, they had new ideas, new locations. The ghosts, Neo flying, the freeway, the back doors and Keymaker, the Architect, the mech suits and dock battle, Smith possessing Bane, the giant baby head. This movie just repeated what we'd already seen. They kept saying "we need a new bullet time" but they didn't give us one.

I didn't find much to like here, sorry. Let's see something more genre-bending like the Animatrix!


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