The Matrix’s Massive Influence Made It Tricky To Write Resurrections


Given that major Hollywood blockbusters were parodying and paying homage to “The Matrix” barely a year after its initial release, a fourth “Matrix” film couldn’t simply revive the iconic visuals and set-pieces from the first three films. As Lana Wachowski explained to IGN, “I couldn’t just do a kung-fu scene, because so many people had already done what we did … it’s like, I can’t imitate myself, everyone else has been doing it.”

Leaning into meta-commentary again became a way for Wachowski, Mitchell, and Hemon to ensure that “The Matrix Resurrections” was its own unique work. One stellar example from the film is the reintroduction of the Merovingian (Lambert Wilson), a program that used to be part of the old Matrix, who, when confronting Neo again, goes on a hilarious, self-reflexive rant about technology and creativity that serves a double purpose of easing viewers’ own perilously high expectations for the film. “I wanted to make a little bit of a joke,” Wachowski explained, “or a little bit of a humor out of the way the last 20 years of digital technology has changed us.”

All of these choices help make “The Matrix Resurrections” more than just a legacy sequel. It’s a thoughtful conclusion to the original trilogy which rises above mere slavish regurgitation and nostalgic pandering to look intelligently at how the films — and the culture they helped shape — have changed.