A little over 20 years ago, The Matrix hit the movie world like an atom bomb of awesomeness. It had great characters, groundbreaking action, and an intriguing story, so naturally, audiences just ate it up. Unfortunately, the sequels didn’t quite do that original film justice, but when we heard there was a new one on the way, a lot of us began to get our hopes up that the franchise would finally redeem itself. And now that the first trailer for The Matrix Resurrections has been released online, it looks like that hope just might come true.
We don’t really know much about the plot of this film, but the trailer gives us a few clues. Somehow, Neo and Trinity are back from the dead (which isn’t surprising, given the name The Matrix Resurrections), but they don’t know who they are. They don’t seem to remember any of the events from the original trilogy, and they don’t even recognize each other beyond a faint glimmer of a memory on Trinity’s part.
Immediately after they meet, the trailer shows us that Neo takes some sort of blue pills that have been prescribed to him by a doctor, and later on, we see a Morpheus-like character offering him a choice between a red pill and a blue one. We don’t know exactly what this all means, but it seems that Neo and Trinity have been resurrected by the machines that control the Matrix, and they’re being given a steady dose of blue pills (the same ones from the original movies) to keep them from remembering the truth about themselves and the Matrix.
From there, both of these characters look like they’re going to go on a similar journey to the one Neo took in the original film, and they’re basically going to have to free humanity all over again. Admittedly, that sounds a lot like the plot of the original trilogy, but this trailer gives me hope that The Matrix Resurrections will be more than just a soulless retread of those movies.
Essentially, it’s all about the execution. Take Star Wars: The Force Awakens as an example. The plot is basically the same as the original Star Wars, but fans loved it because it was executed well, and I think The Matrix Resurrections will do something similar. The trailer showcases a bunch of fun action, some stunning visuals, and a couple of cool new characters, and when you combine those elements with a tried-and-true storyline that we already love, you have a pretty solid recipe for success.
Sure, this film doesn’t look like it’s going to break any new ground like the original did, but it doesn’t need to. As long as it’s an entertaining sequel that honors the franchise and gives fans something to be happy about, it will have done its job.
The Matrix Resurrections comes out in theaters and on HBO Max on December 22.
So what do you think of the trailer for The Matrix Resurrections? Do you agree with JP that it looks like the first good Matrix sequel? Let us know in the comments! And if you’re looking for horror trailers we’ve got you covered!