The delightfully meta Matrix Resurrections

Did we really need a fourth Matrix movie? Lana Wachowski is as skeptical as you are.

The Matrix 4.
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Why make another Matrix movie? The sci-fi trilogy from Lana and Lilly Wachowski ended definitively with the death of its two main characters back in 2003's The Matrix Revolutions, and for years the Wachowskis have resisted making another entry. Lilly Wachowski even went as far as to proclaim in 2015 the idea of revisiting The Matrix was "repelling." Instead, the pair admirably focused on ambitious new sci-fi films like Jupiter Ascending and Cloud Atlas, rather than continue to exploit their cash cow.

But now here we are, with The Matrix Resurrections, the fourth installment for which only Lana Wachowski returns to direct after Lilly said going "back to something that I had done before" would be "​emotionally unfulfilling." For those sympathetic to the argument that anything beyond Revolutions is superfluous, Resurrections might not convince you otherwise. But this isn't the by-the-numbers reboot we may have received in the hands of a less ambitious filmmaker than Lana Wachowski, who finds a clever way back into the story by acknowledging the skepticism over the film's existence in the actual narrative, and mocking movie reboots and legacy sequels in the process.

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Brendan Morrow

Brendan worked as a culture writer at The Week from 2018 to 2023, covering the entertainment industry, including film reviews, television recaps, awards season, the box office, major movie franchises and Hollywood gossip. He has written about film and television for outlets including Bloody Disgusting, Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Heavy and The Celebrity Cafe.