Neo, Younger Morpheus and Extra

Effectively of us, it’s lastly right here for all to see: the primary trailer for The Matrix 4, formally titled The Matrix Resurrections. A fourth Matrix film appeared like a far-fetched notion for therefore lengthy, however right here we’re, and the Matrix 4 trailer is chock filled with goodies to discover and analyze. We’re maybe much more confused as to what The Matrix 4 is about now than we had been earlier than the trailer. So, let’s simply get proper right down to it, and break down what we discovered from this primary look.

The trailer opens with Thomas Anderson (Neo, as performed by Keanu Reeves) in remedy with an analyst performed by Neil Patrick Harris. Neo is trying very John Wick-esque, full with lengthy hair and beard, which helps for instance that it’s seemingly been fairly a while because the occasions of the unique Matrix trilogy. A black cat meows atop the therapist’s desk, which is in fact, a call-back to the black cat déjà vu that Neo skilled within the first movie.

Neo tells the therapist that he’s “had goals that weren’t simply goals.” What follows is a barrage of fast photos exhibited to the tune of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit,” a throwback to the tattoo that Neo was advised to observe, additionally within the first film. Whereas the pictures are just about a blur, concern not. We’re right here to interrupt it down for you.

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First, we’ve got Neo strolling down a road and seeing that it’s all inexperienced Matrix coding. The coding is then current within the eyes of an unknown assailant who opens fireplace on Neo. Neo reaches to sluggish the bullets down together with his skills. This can be associated to a later scene through which Neo is on his knees within the rain with somebody pointing a gun point-blank at his head. We subsequent see Neo’s bare Matrix insertion type being surrounded and prodded by big insectoid machines. Sadly, it’s evident that Neo’s eyes are nonetheless burnt out, as he was blinded by an Agent Smith-possessed Bane (Ian Bliss) towards the top of The Matrix Revolutions. We additionally see two arms reaching to carry each other, which may just about solely be Neo’s and Trinity’s (Carrie-Anne Moss).

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Now, whereas Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s character has but to be formally revealed, each scene through which he’s included on this trailer level to him being a younger Morpheus, or a unique variation of Morpheus. He’s proven dressed well, firing two computerized weapons, which is a picture extraordinarily harking back to Laurence Fishburne‘s Morpheus throughout the freeway scene in The Matrix Reloaded. He covers Neo as he geese right into a red-lighted doorway on a roof. Additional, he’s proven later within the trailer preventing Neo in a dojo, simply as Morpheus had performed to coach him in The Matrix. Neo makes brief work of him, utilizing an air blast that sends Abdul-Mateen flying, and blows up the whole dojo. However essentially the most vital proof of all that the actor is taking part in some model of Morpheus is that there’s a fast shot of him carrying Morpheus’s trademark spherical, nose-clipped sun shades.

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The complete remedy scene highlights that Neo is by some means caught within the Matrix in any case this time, unable to recollect the occasions of his previous, however nonetheless retaining that splinter in his thoughts that one thing is improper with the world. And it’s driving him mad. Some indicators he sees that issues are off embody flocks of birds flying in concentric patterns within the sky and everybody round him not with the ability to take their eyes off their telephones and tablets (a transparent assertion by filmmaker Lana Wachowski about our dependence on the machines of right now).

Neo has a prescription for blue tablets – the type that makes Matrix inhabitants imagine their environment are actual. We later see Neo dumping these tablets down a drain, illustrating that he ultimately overcomes the affect of what can solely be presumed because the machine-affiliated packages round him, together with the therapist. Later, Neo takes a pink capsule (the type that snaps individuals out of the Matrix’s spell) from Abdul-Mateen.

One other scene reveals Neo shaking arms with Trinity in a espresso store, as in the event that they had been assembly for the primary time. However there’s an apparent connection, and Trinity asks in the event that they’ve met earlier than. Abdul-Mateen, later talking to Neo, makes reference to Trinity: “The one factor that issues to you remains to be right here. I do know that’s why you’re nonetheless preventing, and why you’ll by no means surrender.” Later within the trailer, we see Trinity, by some means additionally nonetheless alive after her loss of life in The Matrix Revolutions, hooked as much as the Matrix by the machines. An motion sequence reveals Neo and Trinity on a rooftop being fired at by a militarized squad. Neo stops the bullets together with his hand. When two helicopters present up, Neo is ready to telepathically information certainly one of their fired missiles into the opposite helicopter.

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Additional scenes involving Trinity present her and Neo mowing individuals down together with her motorbike and leaping off a skyscraper hand-in-hand. She’s additionally seen preventing troopers, after which screaming as she’s fractalized into three photos of herself. This isn’t the one proof that the Matrix is behaving in unusual new methods. A mirror reveals a a lot older, balding Neo to himself, and there are a number of scenes of characters strolling out and in of doorways and mirrors in fully totally different areas from their origins.

At one level, Neo walks into an eatery and comes upon a wise-looking girl studying By the Trying Glass. She smiles up at him, knowingly. Whereas that is simply hypothesis at this level, it appears doable that this can be the brand new type of The Oracle, or maybe even a grown-up model of Satine, the younger woman from the top of The Matrix Revolutions.

One other fascinating scene comes within the type of a soldier firing an RPG right into a wall behind a display that’s taking part in footage of Neo being extracted from the Matrix within the first film. The missile winds up exploding in a prepare the place Abdul-Mateen and Jessica Henwick’s yet-unknown character are fleeing.

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Talking of Henwick, who was so terrific in Love and Monsters and Marvel’s Iron Fist, she is a particular stand-out on this trailer. Punked out with piercings and brief, blue hair, her motion sequences are essentially the most complicated of anybody’s. Troopers fireplace at her as she jumps off a roof, does a mid-air flip, and lands on a decrease roof, smashing it within the course of. She’s shot at by police and brokers and manages to leap backwards over a police automotive for canopy. After which, in fact, there’s the scene through which she and Abdul-Mateen exit a door that’s positioned in a hallway sideways, permitting her to wall-run for an prolonged period of time whereas firing her weapons backwards at brokers behind her. She then flips upward to the opposite wall earlier than she and Abdul-Mateen soar out a skyscraper window and fall into what seems to be like a skylight full of Matrix coding. Whether or not this confirms Henwick as a brand new model of the One, as suspected by many, has but to be seen.

On the finish of all this pleasure, Neo is again in remedy, this time with Jonathan Groff overseeing his therapy. Groff states, “In spite of everything these years, to be going again to the place it began, again to the Matrix.” I couldn’t have stated it higher myself.

The Matrix Resurrections releases in theaters and on HBO Max on December 22, 2021.

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