Keanu Reeves completely understands that the sequels to “Matrix” may have disappointed many spectators. During the promotion of “Matrix Resurrections”, the actor explained that he had already experienced this feeling himself with “Star WarsEpisode VI: Return of the Jedi”.
Matrix Resurrections : the awakening of Neo and Trinity
Without her sister Lilly, Lana Wachowski decides to return to the white rabbit hole with Matrix Resurrections. Released at the end of 2021, the feature film takes the form of both a response to the evolution of the Hollywood industry and the control of executives over artists, but also a moving declaration of love to Neo and Trinity. , still played by Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss.
18 years after the events of Matrix Revolutions, Thomas Anderson forgot everything. Lethargic and addicted to blue pills, he is now only the designer of the revolutionary video game Matrix, that the employees of his company Deus Machina want to continue to exploit by falsely renewing its concept. Plagued by increasingly disturbing visions, he meets Morpheus (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and Bugs (Jessica Henwick), who help him remember his past and bring him back to reality. Awake, Neo will attempt to extricate Trinity from the Matrix..
Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Jada Pinkett Smith, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Christina Ricci and Lambert Wilson complete the cast of this fourth installment of the saga. An opus that suffered the wrath of many spectators and critics. The film realizes the lowest score of the saga at the box officecollecting only $ 157.3 million in worldwide revenue, for an estimated budget of 190 million.
Keanu Reeves understood the disappointment of some spectators
In a portrait by the Guardian and published in December 2021, journalist Tom Lamont reveals that he was deeply disappointed by the aftermath of Matrix. After having assured that according to him, art belongs above all to its creators, Keanu Reeves explains that he knows this feeling, discovered with Star WarsEpisode VI: Return of the Jedi“a big disappointment” experienced at the age of 19. He adds :
I was like, “Wow, are they going to do this? Are they going to do that?” And then I was like, “Oh no, oh no”. (…) So I totally understand. I know this experience as a cinephile. But I just try to let the movies live, you know? I try to think about what the creators sought to do. It’s their work of art, man. I try to understand her.
If the actor is aware that a feature film like Matrix Resurrections may pale in comparison to the phenomenon of the first and leave a bitter taste, he remains proud of the project despite everything and finds many qualities in it, starting with his wide range of emotions and his philosophical reflections. During an interview for the Sunday Morning HeraldKeanu Reeves says:
You can’t compete with the first time, because nothing equals a first time. But I think that Resurrections is a special movie. I find him funny, I find his ideas stimulating and inspiring. I think the movie can make you laugh and cry, the characters are great, and the show is amazing. It is a film which can be useful for our time.
Perhaps the years will rehabilitate the unloved Matrix Resurrectionswhich remains a singular and daring proposition in the current cinematographic landscape.