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SpacedJ

Went from "Oh no, they went full sequels again" to "What the hell is going on here this is great and confusing and weird and I'm not sure if I love it or hate it" to "ugh, can we stop trying to make everything Star Wars" to "I have no idea what is at stake here and I don't care if they succeed or if that's even possible."
9 months 2 weeks ago
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frankqb

I mean, it started out pretty decently. The first 30-45 minutes are great fun and actually kind of interesting. Everything after that slowly falls apart. The villain stuff is kinda hand waved away with mumbo jumbo about something, and we kind of lose the narrative when the conceit of the film is revealed. The further the film continues, the further we get from understanding what we're doing and why.

It starts out being one thing, and then ends up being just another action Matrix movie. Its philosophical questions are inconsistent, but perhaps interesting to a degree. Its ultimate point about media consumption and nostalgia being comforting is kinda muddy, and not well suited to the filmic medium. Though I agree with the point that media consumption is ultimately a neurotransmitter delivery system, I'd rather read it in a magazine article, to be honest. Despite messy action editing, a pointless plot, and neverending Neo force pushes, it's probably still better than one or two of the sequels though.

3 stars out of 5
9 months 2 weeks ago
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Marazmatique

I had a chuckle over this quote at the very beginning: "I'm sure you can understand why our beloved parent company, Warner Bros., has decided to make a sequel to the trilogy. They informed me they're gonna do it with or without us."

From then on I tried to approach it with a sense of humour and basically just pretended it's fanfiction.
9 months ago
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Siskoid

When The Matrix came out in 1999, it was the essence of cool, combining a then-unfamiliar Hong Kong aesthetic with cutting edge special effects and heady themes. Visually, it was so revolutionary, the sequels could never recapture that impact. Reloaded had a the visuals down, but failed to deliver on story. Revolutions did deliver on story, but by then, the effects failed to impress. By NOW, we're so used to photo-real effects and superhero action, it would be impossible to achieve the same impact, so all I asked of The Matrix Resurrections was that it deliver on story. While there's a part of me who would have enjoyed it even more if they went FULL meta on it and have Keanu play Keanu, or for that matter a more 1970s-style ending, the meta stuff in which Neo has been inserted into another life (or has he?) is my favorite part of the movie. It's funny, clever, satirical, and as John Wick proved, everyone loves sad puppy Keanu. But it IS a Matrix movie, which means a story about destiny, love and freedom. Rising stars Jessica Henwick and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II are very watchable as the new Trinity and Morpheus (so to speak), and there's a bit of cognitive dissonance in putting Neil Patrick Harris and Hamilton's Jonathan Groff in Matrix action. On par with Revolutions (which I know will mean something different to different people), I felt it did deliver a next chapter.However, if you're looking for the ol' "essence of cool", you won't find it. Directorially, it might even be Wachowski's most timid film.
9 months 1 week ago
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badblokebob

It's the kind of wild-swing hyper-meta self-deconstructing take on a franchise that I’ve always longed for a legacy sequel to give me, but no one has been bold enough to try (or possibly they just couldn’t get it past the suits, who knows).

If all you want from The Matrix is Young People Who Traverse Dimensions While Wearing Sunglasses + cool action scenes, I guess Resurrections will leave you disappointed. If you appreciate a film that has something to say about our current entertainment culture, there’s a lot to like here.
9 months 2 weeks ago
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ch1kyu

If you don't go into this movie expecting to feel exactly how Matrix made you feel, chances are that you'll have way more fun!

Yes, all of the criticism directed towards Resurections is true: it's an unnecessary, meta sequel that will never hold up to the original trilogy.
But personally, thats why I loved it so much! Contrary to what people seem to think, I believe Lana was fully aware of what kind of movie she was making, and said "fuck it let's just have fun with it" (or at least that's what it felt like).
Sure it's VERY on the nose, but was Matrix ever known for it's subtlety?

My recommendation: no need to lower your expectations, just push them aside completely and let yourself get carried by the movie!
9 months 1 week ago
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Gabor.

I'm gonna pretend this film doesn't exist
9 months 1 week ago
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Toastinator

It's very meta. It comments on the three movies that came before it, the fanbase, the movie itself, the studio (WB), the probable reaction to the movie and the state of movie franchises in general. It's kinda similar to Gremlins 2 in many aspects. Unfortunatly, what's keeping me from really liking the film is the litteral story and the action. The actual story that they tell is very simple and doesn't add much to the world of the matrix. The action isn't that exciting and is kinda poorly shot. This movie could have been great if the action was better. As it is, it's just fine.
9 months 2 weeks ago
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Caerus

I really don't get how the action could be so terrible in a Matrix movie. There isn't a fight scene that I'd rank in the top 20 of the franchise, which is really unforgivable.

I mostly liked everything about the story and found it a worthwhile continuation of the original movies, with some decent enough character development and technological evolution. One major plus is it actually captured a bit of the first movie's disorienting "wtf is reality" that 2&3 really missed on.

But, the entire movie, I kept waiting for any fight scene that captured any of the magic of the original three. Instead, it was just nonstop clumsy shakeycam brawls.
9 months ago
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gobberpooper

Casting choices were odd, none of the characters had quite the gravitas as they did in the originals. Consider that the Architect doesn't even appear for 5 minutes out of the entire trilogy but he's extremely memorable (regardless of whether or not you liked him). While the Architect doesnt appear here, a similar type character exists and he's pretty forgettable and makes for such a poor villain.

The concept itself takes some time to kick in but once it gets going its decent. Unfortunately they dont spend too much time on the new concept and just revert back to the old one, and execute it sloppily so now you get an unsatisfying version of both.

The fights and designs and cgi was great, amazing choreography no issues there.

Overall I'd say 6.5 or 7 if you can get on board with the concept and accept that it will have a solid amount of nostalgia-bait. If not more like a 4 or 4.5.
9 months 1 week ago
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rdevesa

Here goes another legacy down the drain
9 months 1 week ago
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greenhorg

The Matrix 4 is about as bad as you would predict from the decline in quality between the first three movies. This also allows us to confidently extrapolate that any further attempts on this franchise will be 'Baby Geniuses 2' tier horseshit.
9 months 1 week ago
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Cynicus Rex

Pew pew pew … “Sterile script” … Explosions … Copy-paste nostalgia.

The only good thing—worth thinking about—were the last few sentences [spoiler]; the film should've started there.
9 months 1 week ago
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CodeV

+ Gives You possibility to be out of the Matrix once again
+ Current Matrix world, Neo's job
+ Fighting / talking balance

- Messy story
- Too much nostalgic scenes
- Any actor didn't impress, Keanu plays himself
9 months 2 weeks ago
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boulderman

Very good, first two acts far better 7/10

I knew about The Matrix Feb 99. Released Sept 99
3 months 3 weeks ago

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