We already have a first preview of what will be one of the most anticipated returns of the year: ‘Matrix Resurrections’, fourth installment of the franchise that swept the founding ‘Matrix’ at the beginning of the century and two great sequels, ‘Reloaded’ and ‘Revolutions’. This new installment, directed alone by Lana Wachowski, is a peculiar plot hodgepodge that starts where the original trilogy left off, in a salad of iconic images that we already know from before. At the moment we know little about the plot, but these are some clues that we can extract from the trailer.
1. Reboot or sequel?
Officially, sequel. The trailer gives enough clues to see that this Neo, amnesiac or not, is the same Neo who lived the first trilogy.. The sequence of the reunion with Trinity makes it quite clear. In fact, a reboot It is within the nature of the Matrix, as perfectly (well, becoming quite the mysterious) The Architect explained in one of the sequels, although we were already told that the system would not restart. So why so many images reminiscent of the original ‘Matrix’? Lack of imagination or cybernetic wink meta?
2. Fantasy world
The close-up of the film makes it clear that the world Neo lives in is now a fictional construction (from San Francisco, apparently). In the first ‘Matrix’ this effect was achieved with those greenish colors that were reminiscent of the phosphor of monitors that no longer exist. On this occasion, we are planted in our noses, with a certain malice – or because there is no other choice – a CGI set more fake than a wooden euro. Sign of the times: this is how the sets of all films are now.
3. Code source
The Matrix source code it is revealed before the eyes of a Neo who says that he perceived it “as dreams that were not just dreams”. Since Neo has already awakened once from his slumber, perhaps in this installment there is more emphasis on the mind games that machines carry out with humans. Hence the presence of a psychiatrist (in the first ‘Matrix’ you didn’t have to convince Neo of anything: he was absolutely lethargic), and the appearance of a cat, which symbolized in the first film the feeling of already seen (Perhaps the one that the viewer feels with the trailer?). The joke “Am I crazy?” Is fantastic, to which the psychiatrist responds with the topic “We don’t use that word here.” It refers to the simulation, of course.
4. Daddy duck
We have no idea what this image means but it is our favorite trailer shot, and of course it is already an inexhaustible source of multiple memes on the internet.
5. The information society
The world that the original trilogy portrayed has changed a lot in almost two decades. In fact, the Matrix was a world controlled by machines … before the whole world was connected 24/7 to a global network. with pocket computers. ‘Matrix Resurrections’ may not focus on this change in the simulation (of course, it is for thesis), but shots like this one of Neo in an elevator surrounded by humans alienated by machines makes it clear that Lana Wachowski knows what he is talking about .
6. Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There
If there is an external reference to the very clear franchise in the trailer it is to the two ‘Alice in Wonderland’ books, which were already referenced in the first film, although not so explicitly. Here we have the cover of ‘Through the Looking Glass’, there is a female character who has a tattoo of a white rabbit (as in the first ‘Matrix’, where there were also liquid mirrors like the ones Alice passed through in the book) … and of course we hear the Jefferson Airplane classic ‘White Rabbit’, a furious clash between lysergic counterculture and the icon of Victorian literature. (Trivia: Do you know the name of the club where Jefferson Airplane gave his first concert? Ahem … “Matrix”)
7. “Time to fly”
Speaking of lysergic moves, the new Morpheus repeats the little game of the pills, but here we see other connotations. On one side, the pill that allows you to remain subdued has a touch of criticism of opiate slavery that one lives in the United States, reinforced by the initial presence of a psychiatrist with significantly blue glasses, like the pill to “stay asleep”; on the other hand, that “It’s time to fly” while Jefferson Airplane is playing is not just a nod to the conclusion of the first part and its Super Neo, it reinforces the hallucinogenic drug consumption component that was always in the original film. But this was already told us by Chimo Bayo in his day.
8. New warriors
Of the new characters that appear in the trailer, one of the most interesting is that of a rebel, currently unnamed, played by Jessica Henwick, whom we have seen in ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Of love and monsters’ and other series and action movies. It has more presence in the trailer than Trinity itself, so a generational change is not ruled out meanwhile, monopolizing part of the action scenes.
9. Deus Ex Machina
In this explosive sequence (which includes Morpheus shooting Uzis with his arms crossed, in clear reference to the famous sequence of the rescue of the first Morpheus two decades ago) we see a sign that appears to read Deus Ex Machina. Symbolic name of classical resonance and which shows that, above other considerations, it is quite possible that Let’s have clues and double meanings to be talking about ‘Revolutions’ for weeks.
10. Neo the barely remover
Neo’s ability to deflect projectiles is seen in the trailer a couple of times, when he parries a handful of bullets and deflects a missile towards a helicopter. Like the fight on a tatami mat with Morpheus, again we return to Iconic Neo scenes in the first ‘Matrix’, but in the case of the gesture suspending bullets in midair, it was the climax of the film. It is doubtful that this is the climax of ‘Resurrections’ and we are seeing it in the trailer, which would reinforce the theory that we are contemplating with these winks only the beginning of the film.
11. A butt with Inception
In this enigmatic image from the trailer, the characters seem to change their gravitational plane when they walk through a door. Immediately after we will see the character of Jessica Henwick literally climb the walls at will, in the style of what happened in ‘Inception’ (a film with its own personality, but indisputably influenced by ‘The Matrix’). Is this a new ability of the rebels, to manipulate the gravity of the scenarios?
There are many questions to answer, and the main one (and where possibly the key to everything is) is how it is possible that Trinity is still alive. Were the first ‘Matrix’ movies a simulation and are we in a simulation of a simulation? It was a theory that in its day was considered when Neo brought his powers to the real world. For now, it only remains to speculate … and continue watching the looping trailer until next December 22.