When Matrix – 87% released in 1999 became a great example of what could happen when audiences were not underestimated for an action science fiction movie. In addition to the great technological advances, the directors Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski became two extremely important figures within the industry, and although many consider that they never equaled this success, neither with Cloud Atlas – 66% nor with V for Vengeance – 73% remain as two creators who do not hesitate to take risks, even if it does not always work out. The Matrix themselves Reloaded – 73% and Matrix: Revolutions – 36% are proof of just that.
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The sequels definitely bring great entertainment, but it’s pretty shallow when compared to the original work. The Wachowski sisters actually worked for years, studied philosophy, and watched everything animation and science fiction came up with to shape the path of Matrix. Being such a personal project, the exploitation of the saga, and the constant imitations of other titles, only caused the idea to wear out much faster and lose all meaning.
So when the news broke that Lana Wachowski would develop a solo quarter the fans feared the worst. Although it was immediately confirmed that Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss would return to give life to Neo and Trinity, it was also clarified that neither Hugo Weaving nor Laurence Fishburne would appear this time. We are in a time where reboots, revivals and late sequels are the order of the day and sometimes they are good enough to rescue someone’s career, but in general we are talking about failures that will not be remembered in a few years, when some another production company decides to try again.
All these contradictory elements make one wonder why Lana decided to return to this world instead of telling other stories with her sister, as is tradition. Lilly wachowski She made it clear long ago that she decided not to get involved for various reasons. To begin with, because she was exhausted after not stopping working for years, but also because she was in the process of transition and did not want to return to the past with the story of Matrix. Finally, she talked about how difficult it was to lose her parents while the story was being created, and while this last point pushed Lilly away, it became Lana’s main reason.
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During an interview with SlashFilm, the director revealed that the idea for The Matrix: Resurrections had been in her head for a long time, but the death of her parents, less than a month apart, was key in deciding whether to proceed with the sequel:
My father died, then a friend died, then my mom died. He didn’t really know how to process that kind of grief. He had not experienced it so closely. You know their lives are going to end, but it’s very hard anyway. My brain always contacts my imagination and one night, I was crying and couldn’t sleep, and my brain blew up this story. And I couldn’t have my mom or dad, but suddenly I had Neo and Trinity, possibly the most important characters in my life.
In the creative process, and in reconnecting with these characters, Lana found comfort and a safe place to process her grief:
It was immediately heartwarming to have these two characters alive again, and it’s really simple. You can look at it and say, “Okay, these two people die and, okay, bring these two people back to life and, oh, it doesn’t feel right.” Yes, it did! It’s simple and it’s what art does and it’s what stories do: they comfort us.
This metaphorical revival is evident with the sequel’s title, but also with the theory that The Matrix: Resurrections will be a second part of Matrix and I would not follow what was seen in the other two; something like Halloween – 92%. The trailer presented scenes very similar to those seen in the first part; In fact, it seems that Neo is going through the same steps of self-discovery, which did not please everyone despite the fact that the trailer looks spectacular and that the first reviews claim that it is a very different and original product.
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