Effectively people, it’s lastly right here for all to see: the first trailer for The Matrix 4, formally titled The Matrix Resurrections. A fourth Matrix film appeared like a far-fetched notion for thus lengthy, however right here we’re, and the Matrix 4 trailer is chock stuffed with goodies to discover and analyze. We’re maybe much more confused as to what The Matrix 4 is about now than we have been earlier than the trailer. So, let’s simply get proper right down to it, and break down what we discovered from this primary look.
The trailer opens with Thomas Anderson (Neo, as performed by Keanu Reeves) in remedy with an analyst performed by Neil Patrick Harris. Neo is wanting very John Wick-esque, full with lengthy hair and beard, which helps for instance that it’s seemingly been fairly a while for the reason that occasions of the unique Matrix trilogy. A black cat meows atop the therapist’s desk, which is in fact, a call-back to the black cat déjà vu that Neo skilled within the first movie.
Neo tells the therapist that he’s “had desires that weren’t simply desires.” What follows is a barrage of fast photographs exhibited to the tune of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit,” a throwback to the tattoo that Neo was instructed to comply with, additionally within the first film. Whereas the pictures are just about a blur, concern not. We’re right here to interrupt it down for you.
First, we’ve Neo strolling down a avenue and seeing that it’s all inexperienced Matrix coding. The coding is then current within the eyes of an unknown assailant who opens hearth on Neo. Neo reaches to sluggish the bullets down along with his talents. This can be associated to a later scene during which Neo is on his knees within the rain with somebody pointing a gun point-blank at his head. We subsequent see Neo’s bare Matrix insertion kind being surrounded and prodded by large insectoid machines. Sadly, it’s evident that Neo’s eyes are nonetheless burnt out, as he was blinded by an Agent Smith-possessed Bane (Ian Bliss) towards the top of The Matrix Revolutions. We additionally see two palms reaching to carry each other, which might just about solely be Neo’s and Trinity’s (Carrie-Anne Moss).
Now, whereas Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s character has but to be formally revealed, each scene during which he’s included on this trailer level to him being a younger Morpheus, or a unique variation of Morpheus. He’s proven dressed neatly, firing two automated weapons, which is a picture extraordinarily harking back to Laurence Fishburne‘s Morpheus in the course of the freeway scene in The Matrix Reloaded. He covers Neo as he geese right into a red-lighted doorway on a roof. Additional, he’s proven later within the trailer preventing Neo in a dojo, simply as Morpheus had executed to coach him in The Matrix. Neo makes quick work of him, utilizing an air blast that sends Abdul-Mateen flying, and blows up your complete dojo. However essentially the most important proof of all that the actor is enjoying some model of Morpheus is that there’s a fast shot of him sporting Morpheus’s trademark spherical, nose-clipped sun shades.
The complete remedy scene highlights that Neo is someway caught within the Matrix in spite of everything this time, unable to recollect the occasions of his previous, however nonetheless retaining that splinter in his thoughts that one thing is flawed with the world. And it’s driving him mad. Some indicators he sees that issues are off embrace flocks of birds flying in concentric patterns within the sky and everybody round him not having the ability to take their eyes off their telephones and tablets (a transparent assertion by filmmaker Lana Wachowski about our dependence on the machines of as we speak).
Neo has a prescription for blue tablets – the sort that makes Matrix inhabitants imagine their environment are actual. We later see Neo dumping these tablets down a drain, illustrating that he ultimately overcomes the affect of what can solely be presumed because the machine-affiliated packages round him, together with the therapist. Later, Neo takes a purple capsule (the sort that snaps individuals out of the Matrix’s spell) from Abdul-Mateen.
One other scene reveals Neo shaking palms with Trinity in a espresso store, as in the event that they have been assembly for the primary time. However there’s an apparent connection, and Trinity asks in the event that they’ve met earlier than. Abdul-Mateen, later chatting with Neo, makes reference to Trinity: “The one factor that issues to you continues to be right here. I do know that’s why you’re nonetheless preventing, and why you’ll by no means quit.” Later within the trailer, we see Trinity, someway additionally nonetheless alive after her demise in The Matrix Revolutions, hooked as much as the Matrix by the machines. An motion sequence reveals Neo and Trinity on a rooftop being fired at by a militarized squad. Neo stops the bullets along with his hand. When two helicopters present up, Neo is ready to telepathically information considered one of their fired missiles into the opposite helicopter.
Additional scenes involving Trinity present her and Neo mowing individuals down together with her motorbike and leaping off a skyscraper hand-in-hand. She’s additionally seen preventing troopers, after which screaming as she’s fractalized into three photographs of herself. This isn’t the one proof that the Matrix is behaving in unusual new methods. A mirror reveals a a lot older, balding Neo to himself, and there are a number of scenes of characters strolling out and in of doorways and mirrors in fully totally different areas from their origins.
At one level, Neo walks into an eatery and comes upon a wise-looking woman studying By means of the Trying Glass. She smiles up at him, knowingly. Whereas that is simply hypothesis at this level, it appears potential that this can be the brand new type of The Oracle, or even perhaps a grown-up model of Satine, the younger lady from the top of The Matrix Revolutions.
One other fascinating scene comes within the type of a soldier firing an RPG right into a wall behind a display that’s enjoying footage of Neo being extracted from the Matrix within the first film. The missile winds up exploding in a prepare the place Abdul-Mateen and Jessica Henwick’s yet-unknown character are fleeing.
Talking of Henwick, who was so terrific in Love and Monsters and Marvel’s Iron Fist, she is a particular stand-out on this trailer. Punked out with piercings and quick, blue hair, her motion sequences are essentially the most advanced of anybody’s. Troopers hearth at her as she jumps off a roof, does a mid-air flip, and lands on a decrease roof, smashing it within the course of. She’s shot at by police and brokers and manages to leap backwards over a police automotive for canopy. After which, in fact, there’s the scene during which she and Abdul-Mateen exit a door that’s positioned in a hallway sideways, permitting her to wall-run for an prolonged period of time whereas firing her weapons backwards at brokers behind her. She then flips upward to the opposite wall earlier than she and Abdul-Mateen leap out a skyscraper window and fall into what appears like a skylight crammed with Matrix coding. Whether or not this confirms Henwick as a brand new model of the One, as suspected by many, has but to be seen.
On the finish of all this pleasure, Neo is again in remedy, this time with Jonathan Groff overseeing his remedy. Groff states, “In any case these years, to be going again to the place it began, again to the Matrix.” I couldn’t have mentioned it higher myself.
The Matrix Resurrections releases in theaters and on HBO Max on December 22, 2021.
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