Run time: 148 mins
The Matrix Resurrections
The Matrix exploded onto the scene at the end of the century: all black leather, sunglasses, underground techno and balletic kung-fu.
It was also a philosopher’s wet dream; and a frightening look into where AI, virtual reality, and "system" control were heading. Two sequels and twenty years have passed since, and I think I’m ready to plug in once more.
This quasi-sequel sees our hacker-turned-superhero Neo (Keanu Reeves) seemingly unaware of his world-saving antics, living an oblivious life inside the Matrix. But something isn’t right: why is he being prescribed blue pills? Why is he getting these vivid dreams? These ruminations lead him back to Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Morpheus (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II). He tells Neo that he may not be "The One”, and in fact only one half of the equation, with Trinity being the other. And that together they can undo the machines’ grip on humanity.
To reveal more would unravel all the fun (I would need an entire programme just to explain the Wachowski’s dense world). So all I can say is buckle up, take that red pill, and see how far the rabbit hole goes. (Jack Whiting)