18 years later, a little recap is in order.
Matrix Revolutions, released in 2003, was to be the conclusion of the saga. Yes but here it is, the circumstances of the life made that Lana Wachowski had the desire to extend the story, by taking a good part of the original cast with her (including Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Jada Pinkett Smith). 18 years later, many fans have therefore reviewed the first three films to refresh their memory and clarify certain gray areas. You didn’t have the time or the inclination? Don’t panic, we’ll give you an update on what you need to know before diving back into the Matrix to Matrix Resurrections.
Matrix Resurrections: a surprising and cheering middle finger to the industry [critique]
Matrix : no Neo without Trinity
The first opus is clearly the most cult, the most transparent, and the most appreciated. The one that fans know by heart and which always makes us vibrate so much with each viewing. Matrix, it is the birth of a hero, a gentleman everyone who embraces his destiny after realizing that the world he lived in was completely fictitious. Often compared to Jesus, the elected Neo (anagram of “one”) is also akin to Moses in taking on the role of the liberator of an oppressed people.
Perhaps the only misconception surrounding the film concerns the character of Trinity, whose importance is often understated, with some even daring to say that she does not pass the Bechdel test. It is forgotten that it is she who opens the film, multiplies the fight scenes and bad ass lines (“dodge this!“), pushes Neo to surpass himself and saves him with his kiss at the end of the film, before he does the same to her in the sequel. It is not for nothing that Lana Wachoski has resurrected the character for the new Matrix.
Matrix Reloaded : Neo is not unique
Less popular than the original, Reloaded is yet a sequel largely up to the task. Packed with cult footage (Neo vs. the hundreds of Agents Smith, the motorcycle chase of Trinity and the Key Master, the Merovingian, etc.), the feature avoids repetition and really pushes the schmilblick forward. We discover Sion, Agent Smith changes status, the Matrix gradually reveals its secrets, and Neo the extent of his powers, which even allow him to restart Trinity’s heart.
At the heart of the critics, the scene between Neo and the Architect is however very instructive and not as convoluted as we want to say it. The program that founded the Matrix explains to Neo that it is actually part of his “natural” cycle. He is not there to free men but simply to help the Matrix start from scratch, which has happened on several occasions. Neo is therefore not unique. He who was already put off by the concept of the chosen one from the first film, refuses to participate in this little game.
Matrix Revolutions : the sequel was already announced
Considered a failed and confused film, a last unworthy part, Revolutions is however an essential chapter of the saga. The confrontation between Neo and Smith reaches its climax there, the emotion (the death of Trinity) and the spectacle (the daunting battle of Zion) are at the rendezvous. But, above all, it ends with an open end which makes even more sense since we learned that a 4th film was going to be released.
As a reminder, Neo defeats Agent Smith (eliminated as a malicious virus) after negotiating a truce with the machines that retrieve his lifeless (and cross-shaped) body. “How long do you think the peace will last?“, quipped the Architect.”As long as possible“Replies the Oracle. Little Sati arrives in her turn, asking him if we will see Neo again.” I have a feeling, one day … “, answers the program, suggesting a sequel which will therefore have seen the day, 18 years later Neo’s Christlike journey necessarily called for a resurrection, right?