The Matrix: Resurrections brings back the iconic pair of Neo and Trinity and does a pretty good job at that.
You must be wondering, “But wait, didn’t they die at the end of The Matrix Revolutions?” Well, technically, yes, but as the title suggests, the film “resurrects” the duo with the help of Resurrection Pods created by Sati’s parents.
The film has trapped Neo back into a new and “upgraded” Matrix, and when we meet him, he is video game developer Thomas Anderson, who created the Matrix games.
(Guess that settles the age-old debate of a simulation within a simulation, if there’s any other Matrix that exists in The Matrix, it’s the video game.)
The present-day Trinity is now Tiffany, a married mother who relates a lot to the Trinity in the games.
The duo’s current state is the result of The Analyst, a program, realizing their true potential in building a better simulation when Neo sacrificed himself in the last film. And as if a God laughing at one of his creations, The Analyst did not delete Smith either and placed him as Anderson’s boss.
A civil war between the machines was the perfect opportunity for The Analyst to rise, and so for 60 years in real time, he has been using Neo and Trinity as guinea pigs. Oh, and he’s also Thomas’s therapist, making sure our hero never realizes that something is off again.
The Analyst realizes that based on their desire and fear, Neo and Trinity’s bond can solve the energy crisis, but could also threaten the whole system if they found each other hence he wired them to keep them close but never to know each other.
The Analyst is basically The Architect and the Oracle combined but without any of the morals and is kind of like a Dementor, wanting to feed on human fear.
Although the film shows that not all hope is lost, there can still be peace between machines and humans, with some machines siding with the humans, realizing not all of them are bad.
Niobe is leading and developing a new colony of humanity called Io, where she’s aged significantly as she now tends to the vegetation she’s growing for humanity’s new future.
Despite being separated numerous times, Neo and Trinity always return to each other, which in turn results in them breaking free. (Kind of similar to the Black Mirror episode titled “Hang the DJ.”)
However, the key element in realizing how Neo is different from the previous The Ones is simple – he is not alone. Neo has Trinity, and they together are ‘The One’ almost as if they’re two halves of a whole. They are both equal pieces necessary to solve the puzzle.
In a strenuous series of unfortunate events for The Analyst, he is left helpless as the duo he based his whole “source code” on are once again freed and choose the red pill.
Trinity gets to show off her own powers when The Analyst activates Swarm mode, unleashing the whole town of AI programs to go after the duo. Neo fights them off, but it’s Trinity who flies both of them away from the crowd.
However, this wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Morpheus, Bugs, Sati, and co. along with Smith, in a very enemy-of-an-enemy-is-a-friend kind of odd way. But hey! Whatever works.
Neo and Trinity show The Analyst who’s boss before once again flying off into the sunset, promising a better future. And credits roll, but it wouldn’t be complete without Rage Against the Machine playing in the back.
The film also has a post-credits scene that doesn’t make much difference to the story, but it shows the machine team struggling to come up with ideas for a fourth Matrix game. The best they can brainstorm is “Catrix,” which is basically the Matrix but for cats.
Guess they’ll do just fine as long as they don’t mess with one of Baba Yaga’s pet dogs.
The Matrix: Resurrections is currently out in cinemas and on HBO Max.
About The Matrix: Resurrections
The Matrix: Resurrections will serve as the fourth instalment to the American cyberpunk franchise The Matrix. It is produced, co-written and co-directed by Lana Wachowski who has written for the previous Matrix movies as well.
Keanu Reeves and Carrie Ann-Moss will reprise their roles of Neo and Trinity, respectively. Joining them is Jada Pinkett Smith as Niobe, Lambert Wilson as The Merovingian and Daniel Bernhardt as Agent Johnson.