Whoa. In 1999, audiences asked “what is the Matrix?” and the Wachowskis answered with a generation-defining scifi mindbender that recast the Hero’s Journey for the fledgling digital age and gave a whole lot of pastors a trilogy’s worth of pop culture references for the sermons. Now, it’s 2021 and we’re ready to go back to the Matrix. Lana Wachowski has recruited the original cast and some newcomers (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Priyanka Chopra, Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff, Christina Ricci, Neil Patrick Harris and more) for another story about what happens when you take the red pill.
We know precious little about Matrix: Resurrections, but word is it’s not what we’re expecting and very meta. As the trailer here indicates, Neo (Keanu Reeves, with his John Wick hair) has no memory of the events of the first Matrix, nor does Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss). This being a Matrix movie, it’s an open question as to whether this is, in fact, the same Neo and Trinity we remember from the first trilogy. One thing that hasn’t changed: cool stunts, dangerous agents and Morpheus’ awesome leather trench coat.
The Matrix‘s legacy has grown more complicated over the years, as the pill mythology has become deeply associated with far-right message boards where getting redpilled means getting radicalized. That wasn’t exactly the idea the Wachowskis had in mind for their movie, and it’ll be interesting to see to what extent its addressed in Resurrections. And how many more sermon illustrations we get out of it.