A few days before the release of “Matrix Resurrections” on our screens, do you have in mind what was happening in “Reloaded” and “Revolutions”? If not, follow the white rabbit. Or the guide.
No need to wait for the release to get to the bottom of it: it was quickly confirmed that Matrix Resurrections would indeed be a sequel, and not a reboot of the saga launched by Lana and Lilly Wachowski in 1999. It is also highly recommended. to (re) see the first episode, which it regularly echoes, but better to have Reloaded and Revolutions in mind as well.
If you do not have the time or the inclination to catch up with them but you still plan to go see Matrix Resurrections when it is released, we recap the previous episodes, released in 2003. And visible on Netflix, if you change your mind.
IN MATRIX RELOADED
Thomas Anderson therefore became Neo. The chosen one. The one who will free humans from the yoke of machines, as 25,000 sentries make their way to Zion, humanity’s last free bastion in the real world, with the firm intention of annihilating them. Tormented by recurring dreams in which Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) dies, the hero played by Keanu Reeves patiently waits for the Oracle to appear, in order to show him the path to follow.
When the meeting is finally scheduled, the Oracle announces to Neo that he must reach the Source of the Matrix to succeed in saving his family. And that only the Master of the Keys (Randall Duk Kim), detained by a dangerous information traffic program called the Merovingian (Lambert Wilson), will be able to lead him there thanks to secret doors. It was then that Smith (Hugo Weaving) remembered him fondly.
Defeated by Neo at the end of the first Matrix, the latter turned into a renegade program when he refused his elimination. Even if he kept the costume (but not the headset), he is no longer one of those agents the Chosen One manages to beat with a hand behind his back, but is more like a virus in the way it spreads and multiplies. Freed by his defeat, which may seem paradoxical at first glance, he manages to gather a hundred of his clones that the hero fights first before fleeing.
A semi-failure which weakens a little more the position of Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) in Zion, of which several of the leaders question his faith in Neo. As the counterattack against the machines prepares, the two return to the Matrix with Trinity to meet the famous Merovingian, his French accent and his very pronounced taste for hexagonal curses.
Betrayed by his wife Persephone (Monica Bellucci), tired of his repeated infidelities, he cannot hold back the Master of the Keys. Whether in his castle or on a highway, the scene of a formidable chase that still counts among the most insane action scenes of the 2000s.
In order to allow Neo to access the Source of the Matrix, hidden within a trapped tower, a plan is put in place. It notably involves Morpheus and his ex-girlfriend Niobe (Jada Pinkett Smith), as well as the explosion of a power plant that must allow the heroes to reach their destination.
Still worried about his recurring dream, the Chosen One asks Trinity to stay out of the Matrix. But the death of several members of the mission forced her to connect to help. And what should happen when she crosses paths with several agents.
During this time, and thanks to the sacrifice of the Master of the Keys, Neo discovers the Source of the Matrix where its creator: the Architect (Helmut Bakaitis) sits. A program that presents itself as the father of simulation and describes the Oracle as the mother, and challenges our certainties along with those of the hero. Because the latter is not the Chosen One but an Chosen One. The sixth in the History of the Matrix, which has seen several reboots resulting in as many destructions of Zion in the past.
Like his predecessors, Neo is therefore a systemic anomaly, faced with a much more complicated choice than the story of blue and red Matrix pills, the first of the name: either he agrees to participate in the new reboot of the Matrix and chooses the survivors who will repopulate Zion, like those before him. Either he lets it stop, because in the grip of a fatal error, but is responsible for the death of all humans, connected or not.
Seeing that his nightmare is about to come true, thanks to the screens all around him, Neo renounces the salvation of humanity in favor of that of Trinity, whom he manages to save and heal, she who had been seriously injured. by a bullet. But he signed the death warrant for Zion who only has 24 hours left …