The Matrix Resurrections: Try Not To Die Every Day of Your Life

The Matrix Resurrections was spectacular... beautiful even! While settling down in Tallinn, Estonia, I was able to give it a watch and have my mind blown... well, re-blown at least. So, here are a few wild thoughts after returning to the movie franchise I skipped school to see in 1999.

Spoilers incoming, but if you’re deciding if you should go see it, there is no choice at all.

  1. Don’t stop taking your brain meds and jumping off buildings cause you think you’re The One™
  2. After 60 years, not much has changed for humanity in the day-to-day, apart from some of their friends are sentiment machines now.
  3. Watching Jada Pinkett act like an elderly woman, despite being a woman who has mastered appearing youthful in all things, felt like watching someone act old. I don't typically notice acting, so it's jarring to do so. Her portrayal as Niobe was basically watching Willow Smith playing Niobe on Red Table Talk.
  4. Less Morpheus or more Morpheus? I’m not certain. I liked Yahya Abdul-Mateen II's acting. It’s almost like what Neo's idea of Morpheus is like; all Black and cool. But completely flat with the whole revolutionary mindset starts sex raves in Zion and has quiet moments with ex lovers. Neo clearly gets the theatrical gravity we saw Lawerence Fishburne brought to that role, but it’s almost like he didn’t get much else. Maybe I’m overthinking it, but it’s not like Neo was even there in the moments we witnessed in the second and third films and likely knew Morpheus a total of six months before he died.
  5. Neil Patrick Harris as the horrible youth pastor/therapist is the money shot.
  6. The Matrix: Resurrections completely broke off big chunks of its mythos and answered all the ambiguous questions of the original franchise, like:

    Neo is not The One™
    Trinity is also The One™  
    There is no The One ™
    Because Humans are better together.
    Exploiting the need to be together is what really makes the energy the sentients love so much.
    Sentients and Humans aren’t so different after all, as we’ll all ultimately fight each other over limited resources.
    In other words, they’re Human After All™
    ...and we are shitty parents.
  7. In the future, Womxn and Black people run shit.
  8. I would have enjoyed some more female bad guys, but men really aren’t responsible enough to not be total bad guys most of the time, so it worked for me. Outside the film, men stay trash.
  9. They really made me think that Trinity would want to stay in the Matrix because of her kids.
  10. I always forget the central Matrix-ian tenant that the people inside the system don’t matter. They aren’t real, even when they’re yours. You’re just a person in a pod that can be turned into a bot and swarm people.
  11. Again, I loved how much this movie just pushes past any ambiguity with plot or characters.
  12. Loved that they used a cover of the Rage Against the Machine song that ended the first Matrix film.
  13. Feel like I watched something important somehow, but that few people will get it.
  14. Everyone is significant in this film as well. Neo may have started as “The One” but ultimately, he’s just some dude. The second half of the movie really turns it into an ensemble piece. You need Captain Bugs, angry Jada Pinkett, Yung Morpheus, and the revenge focused grown up machine baby from Matrix Revolutions to make this work. Furthermore, humans can make strawberries, which is cool. Would have been more cool if the strawberries tasted like chicken.
  15. They can easily stick your ass in another Matrix. How many more Matrixes (Matrices?) do they even have?
  16. We are currently living in a real life Matrix.
  17. The conceit of being in a nightmare state where you have so much but continue to miss the thing you want most in the world. This idea is so central to the existential dread we all live with every day.
  18. I need someone to write down whatever the Merovingian was gobbling about. I couldn’t catch it all, but it sounded even more cynically important than the slick meta beginning(s).

Anyway, I loved it on my first viewing. It makes me wonder how far does the world really move? What would I be without the years I spent traveling, but what am I now that’s really so different? I guess I’m tired.

This movie is a fun way to remember where I came from. Whereas I was so desperate to know what the Matrix was in 1999 that I skipped school and saw it with my friends; in 2022, I watched this film completely alone. I probably would have felt the same way had I seen Space Jam 2. I now question what I’ve learned as I continue to unpack concepts I was originally introduced to in this film series. A deeper philosophy and connection to metaphysics, but also more Bullet Time.

Happiness is as much a construct as the Matrix. But as long as we keep paying for HBO Max, the Time Warner matrix will keep paying us off with unavoidable versions of it.

Michael Bridgett

Michael Bridgett

Michael Bridgett is an event host, songwriter, and actor that writes about this very wide world of ours. He also releases music as “Mike Dynamo” for Hypnotic Fist Technique, Funan Beat Empire and more
Tallinn, Estonia