The Matrix Resurrections (2021) – Keanu Reeves

7/10 – This is the fourth instalment of The Matrix, which waited 18 years since the trilogy came out in 2003, so understandably some of the old characters are missing or replaced (Morpheus is no longer played by Laurence Fishburne, and Agent Smith has changed face) and those actors who returned are much older now – Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) are now both in their mid 50s, pushing near 60, which makes their romance a bit less glamorous to say the least. Still, Keanu and Carrie-Anne did alright, and Jessica Henwick (of Marvel’s Iron Fist) makes a very refreshing addition to the cast – she’s probably the best thing about this movie. There’s even a small role for Priyanka Chopra – she did alright too.

Jada Pinkett’s role as the elderly leader of the new city was not so fun – her face was covered in a disgusting looking mask to age her, and her attitude was grossly callous with a false sense of nobility.

The writers seem to have got carried away with psychology this time, and the fight scenes are less succinct here. Replays from previous movies are abundant. Neo can’t fly anymore but is throwing chi balls like there’s no tomorrow. There’s also a strong zombie horde theme, like so many movies released around the same year (representing the rumoured side-effects (or primary intended effects) of something people started adding to their bloodstream since late 2020 / early 2021).

All in all, The Matrix (IV) Resurrections deserves a 7/10 for my taste, since it’s fairly watchable and mildly entertaining. This movie is several levels below the original. Still, there is a fair amount of the good stuff that you’d expect from any Matrix movie. Best viewed soon after seeing the original movie, or after watching the entire trilogy that precedes it.