Whether you chose the blue pill or the red pill, the reality is that The Matrix Resurrections trailer will send you right back down the rabbit hole. Following a very clever teaser campaign, the first official trailer offers an exhilarating look at the fourth instalment of the Matrix franchise, following 2003's The Matrix Revolutions. Lana Wachowski is directing solo this time, having also co-written and produced the film. We reunite with Keanu Reeves as a bearded Neo, throwing back blue pills and seemingly unable to remember his past, including Carrie-Anne Moss' Trinity. We meet Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as a Morpheus-like character offering Neo an exit from the Matrix, Priyanka Chopra Jonas offering Neo a copy of Alice in Wonderland, Jessica Henwick fighting furiously and guiding Neo, Jonathan Groff having a chat, and a therapist played by Neil Patrick Harris.
The Matrix Resurrections, the fourth film in the franchise, is no longer a glitch in your fantasies -- it's real, and the full trailer drops tomorrow. In the meantime, you can catch your first glimpse of the new footage in this cool interactive teaser, which offers you a choice. You know the deal: red pill or blue pill? The red offers glimpses of star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, apparently going through the familiar process of post-Matrix "rebirth," while a familiar-sounding voice (that's definitely not Laurence Fishburne) tells you "This could be the first day of the rest of your life -- but if you want it, you have to fight for it." The blue, narrated in blandly menacing Agent-like tones by Neil Patrick Harris, informs you that you've lost the ability to tell reality from fiction.
The Matrix Resurrections is audacious, as bold in its implausible premise as its explosive execution. That'll hit you exactly right -- or exactly wrong -- depending on your appetite for writer-director Lana Wachowski's solo expansion of a world she and Matrix co-creator Lilly Wachowski once swore was finished. For me, the experience was a mix of mind-blowing highs and soul-crushing lows that left me extremely entertained, but also deeply dissatisfied. Its handwavy sci-fi logic and clunky plotting are sure to be as divisive as the first two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (both 2003). Yet this sequel is undeniably a better film, mirroring much of the structure and purpose that made the first movie work so well.
"Nothing comforts anxiety like a little nostalgia," Morpheus says in The Matrix Resurrections. That's a not-so-subtle dig at the onslaught of reboots and remakes dominating our culture -- revisiting characters and stories we already know is, well, safe. Audiences know what to expect, and it's a better bet for risk-averse studios. Of course, Morpheus (now played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen) is also commenting on the film he's in. More than twenty years after The Matrix fundamentally reshaped genre cinema, director Lana Wachowski is finally diving back into the universe that made her and co-director Lilly Wachowski renowned.
Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for The Matrix Resurrections, and it looks like Neo (Keanu Reeves) is trapped in a dull life within the titular false reality once more. "They taught you good," says Morpheus (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, taking over the role originally played by Laurence Fishburne). "Made you believe their world was all you deserved. But some part of you knew that was a lie. Some part of you remembered what was real." Directed by Lana Wachowski, the fourth film in the Matrix series brings back original cast members Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss alongside newcomers such as Jessica Henwick and Jonathan Groff -- and also reprises at least one iconic line concerning martial arts.