The Matrix Resurrections review: Worthy Sequel, or Nostalgic Cash Grab?

Tyler Sarkan, Sandscript Author

The Matrix Resurrections was the 4th movie in the Matrix series that a lot of fans were looking forward to. The first official trailer for it reached over 43 million views, and fan reception was high. But with recent reviews stating glaring flaws in the movie, was The Matrix Resurrections worth the hype?

First, let’s start off with a review of the movie itself. The movie stars Keanu Reeves as Neo, Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity, and a new face for Morpheus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. The Matrix 4 is a continuation of the past three Matrix films, with the main goal of really developing Neo and Trinity’s relationship. Even though that is the main goal of the film, over half of the movie is filled with nonsensical recaps and nostalgia bait. As said before, that is the main complaint from me, as well as many fans. I am also disappointed with the lack of new content.

So, was the Matrix 4 worth the hype? Well, it depends. For me it fails to capture the essence of the original Matrix films and is made almost entirely of flashback nostalgia bait. In fact, almost half of the movie is literally just flashbacks of the originals. For some people, however, are ok with this film because of their relatively low expectations and provides some good action scenes. But, overall, I think The Matrix Resurrections was a disappointment. Even with Action scenes and good development between characters, the movie disappoints with its lack of new content for the franchise and its attempt to throw shade at Hollywood sequels while being one itself. 

The Matrix 4 gets a 6/10 for being a movie that, despite being somewhat entertaining with its character development and action, fails to be a worthy sequel to a beloved series that really didn’t need another.