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The Matrix Resurrections 4K UHD Review

“The Matrix Resurrections” isn’t what you’d expect and that’s mostly a good thing.

In “The Matrix Resurrections,” Thomas Anderson (AKA Neo) is back in the Matrix again. Why and how? Well, that’s a mystery that unravels over time. Without getting too spoiler-y, other plots involve Trinity, the mysterious Analyst, a new character named Bugs, the state of the real human world, the status of Agent Smith and much more.

For those expecting “The Matrix Resurrections” to be along the lines of the first 3 sci-fi films, it’s not. While it does continue storylines presented in “The Matrix Revolutions,” the fourth installment goes in many different directions. At its heart it’s a love story about Neo and Trinity, but it’s also a meta and self-referential exploration of reboots, fandom, sequels, remakes, reality, video games, and even Warner Bros. In fact, the entire movie feels like Lana Wachowski made it so that WB wouldn’t make another without her. Perhaps cynically so. 

Now, there’s no question that this sequel will be extremely divisive much like the previous sequels. Writers David Mitchell, Lana Wachowski and Aleksandar Hemon take some big swings and some things don’t always work. Agent Smith (but not with Hugo Weaving in the role) doesn’t work at all here and the character’s presence is puzzling to say the least. The Morpheus subplot is equally hard to track here (no spoilers) and the appearance of The Merovingian (who now looks like a member of The Lost Boys) was flat-out bizarre. On the plus side, there’s no shortage of ideas here. This is a rich movie for those willing to invest the time and patience. Plus, there’s more than a few satisfying payoffs from the first 3 ala Sati. Action wise, there’s nothing here that’s on the level of some of the game changing sequences we’ve seen in the past, but the climactic motorcycle chase is nothing short of riveting.

Cast wise, this is very much Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss’s movie. It’s great to see them back in the roles of Neo and Trinity for (presumably) the last time. The most pleasant surprise though is seeing what is basically a near complete cast reunion of the Wachowskis series “Sense8” (which is a deeply underrated and trippy early Netflix series for those that haven’t seen it).

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 2160p. How does it look? Expect a nice pristine 4K print.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? From the score to the glass shattering action, this Atmos track delivers the goods. 

Extras (On The Blu-ray):
* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* “No One Can Be Told What The Matrix Is”- Cast members recap the first 3 movies.
* “Resurrecting The Matrix”- Lana Wachowski talks about the personal reasons behind the new Matrix film. Cast and crew interviews, set footage, film clips, and discussions about the making of the project are included.
* “The Matrix Reactions”- 9 making of featurettes on Echo Opening, Deus Machina, Welcome To IO, Morpheus vs. Neo, Exiles Fight, Neo vs. Smith, Bullet Time Redux, The San Fran Chase and The San Fran Jump.
* “Neo x Trinity: Return To The Matrix”- Interviews with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss about their chemistry and characters.
* “Allies + Adversaries: The Matrix Remixed”- A featurette on the cast members and characters (new and old).
* “Matrix 4 Life”- A featurette about cast and crew coming back for a fourth installment.
* “I Still Know Kung Fu”- This extra covers the action, stunts and training.

March 7, 2022 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , , ,

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