The Matrix Resurrections has unveiled its first trailer, and if there’s one takeaway, it’s that the fourth installment of the series seems to be riffing a lot on the original.
Released today, the new trailer introduces us to an older, apparently amnesiac Neo (Keanu Reeves) living on a diet of bad dreams and blue pills. He meets Carrie-Anne Moss’s Trinity, who half recognizes him, along with what appears to be a younger version of Morpheus, played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. And, of course, there are a whole bunch of balls and ballet martial arts. Check out the trailer below:
What’s remarkable about the trailer is the number of references – large and small – to the first Matrix movie in particular. Along with the red pill-blue pill pattern, we see white rabbit tattoos, liquid mirrors, black cats, stop balls in place and what appears to be a fight between Reeves and Abdul-Mateen that takes place in the combat program where Neo and Morpheus were originally trained. Even the way Abdul-Mateen’s character casually fires two submachine guns in separate directions is reminiscent of Neo doing the same in the original scene of Lobby Fight.
It is perhaps not surprising that after this long absence, the last Matrix invokes the memory of the first. Two decades later, the 1999 original is billed as a classic, but its sequels, Reloaded and Revolutions, are less popular overall. While this may simply be a tactic for the film’s first trailer, invoking nostalgia alongside excitement, it’s possible that Resurrections will take an approach to The Force Awakens, deliberately building on the events of the original movie – the title of this movie alone makes this quite possible.
We’ll know for sure where the movie hits theaters and on HBO Max on December 22. So far, we’ve rounded up everything we’ve learned from the Matrix Resurrections teaser website. Someone even reverse engineered the site to let you choose which teaser you watch. And you can also check out our full breakdown of the Matrix 4 trailer here.