The first reactions to Keanu Reeves’ The Matrix Resurrections are mixed, leaning to positive.
After nearly two decades, we’re going back to The Matrix. One of the most beloved sci-fi franchises of all time, the original film from 1999 practically revolutionized the genre by mixing Jean Baudrillard’s philosophical musings with the cyberpunk aesthetic. After shattering expectations and bringing in a huge chunk of cash, Warner Bros. and the Wachowskis cobbled together two sequels that were released 6 months apart in 2003. Reception for the sequels ranged from mixed to deplorable, with many criticizing them for deviating from the original’s template.
Now, in the winter of 2021, stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss are returning to the famed franchise with The Matrix Resurrections. Early reactions made their way online last evening and the reception is mixed, with most viewers leaning towards positive. Surprisingly, most are labeling the film as a love story. The film’s first act is praised numerous times, and specific mentions of the film’s self-awareness dominated the online conversation. Praise was also hurled towards the performances of Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss, as well as the philosophical implications and discussions of the sequel.
Here is the synopsis for the long-awaited sequel to The Matrix Revolutions:
In a world of two realities—everyday life and what lies behind it—Thomas Anderson will have to choose to follow the white rabbit once more. Choice, while an illusion, is still the only way in or out of the Matrix, which is stronger, more secure and more dangerous than ever before.
Directed by Lana Wachowski from a script she co-wrote with Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchel, the film stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jonathan Groff, Toby Onwumere, Eréndira Ibarra, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Andrew Caldwell, Brian J. Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith.
The Matrix Resurrections is currently set to hit theaters and HBO Max on December 22, 2021. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming film and Keanu Reeves’ film projects and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.