Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
Writers: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
Initial: Rewatch. The Matrix Resurrections is coming out in a few weeks and it got me wanting to watch the original.
The first scene of this movie does so much world-building heavy-lifting. Not only is this person, Trinity, more than human, but she is afraid of Agents. The suits are definitely our villains. She also disappears via landline—there is obviously some computer-based cyber-punk something going on here. Okay, obvious in 1999. In 1999, a land-line-based modem was how you connected to the internet. I’m not sure how that translates for young people who have probably never encountered a landline and have only connected to the internet via cable modem or the like.
There is so much exposition in this movie. Why does it work? (I mentioned this back when I watched Dark City (1999).) Is it because it’s balanced with some of the most inventive actions sequences put to film? Is it because the audience can easily wear confused Neo’s shoes while he’s being explained to? Is it because the explanations themselves are delivered by a very charismatic Laurence Fishburne while we’re being given yet more eye-candy? I remember the info-dumps not being handled as well in The Matrix Reloaded (2003). I’m tempted to rewatch it, but I remember seeing in the theater and actually being bored. I don’t don’t think I’ve even seen The Matrix Revolutions (2003).
That said, I’m kind of intrigued by The Matrix Resurrections. Maybe it’s just because I’m a fan of “But they’re old now.” (Go ahead, ask me what my favorite part of the recent Star Wars sequels was . . .) I hope it can be watched without too much of the mythology from the other films. Maybe they’ll account for casual audiences who need to slip on the confused Neo shoes again.