The Matrix Resurrections
                             review by Bobby Blakey

In 1999 The Wachowski brothers unleashed their sci-fi action flick The Matrix on viewers and it was like nothing audiences had ever seen. While their follow ups to finish out the trilogy were met with mixed results there is no denying that the original starring Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, and Robert Taylor still delivered. Now Reeves and Moss are returning to the franchise as well as Jada Pinkett Smith for The Matrix Resurrections co-starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Christina Ricci, Telma Hopkins, Eréndira Ibarra, Toby Onwumere, Max Riemelt, and Brian J. Smith. Could this latest trip into the Matrix be worthy of the original trilogy or should  it have taken the blue pill and stayed a dream?

The Matrix Resurrections follows a world of two realities: one, everyday life; the other, what lies behind it. To find out if his reality is a physical or mental construct, to truly know himself, Mr. Anderson will have to choose to follow the white rabbit once more. And if Thomas…Neo…has learned anything, it’s that choice, while an illusion, is still the only way out of—or into— the Matrix. Of course, Neo already knows what he has to do. But what he doesn’t yet know is the Matrix is stronger, more secure and more dangerous than ever before. Déjà vu.

 

Like most I was insanely excited to get to dive back into the Matrix, but ending of the original trilogy left it pretty closed. At the same time, they did have a line from the Oracle at the end saying we might see Neo again someday and here we are. The real question is is it worth the return and does it do anything new to push the franchise forward? The answer is yes and no,