The Matrix Resurrections - Great Foundation, Can't Close

Arnox

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Damn, I was let down by this movie. It started out so strong, but midway through, it just started falling flat. The beginning starts out well, easing people into this fourth movie which I'm sure we're all nervous about. Lots of nods to the original Matrix and it asks a lot of interesting questions. So, we got a great buildup and after about 30 mins., I'm sold and fully ready to let this movie take me on this journey. So it gets ready to do so. It prepares itself annddddddd... Collapses. In several ways. Most notably, the plot itself.

Some of the intriguing questions it answers in the beginning half, it just never really answers. And some other questions dont get answered adequately. There's some characters that are criminally underused or underexplained. And on that note, there are some mystifying omissions here. Where's Hugo Weaving? According to IMDb, there were scheduling conflicts. Where's Lawrence Fishburne? According to him, he was never even contacted about the movie. For fuck's sake, The Matrix is not a series to skimp out on. Everyone needs to be here.



Finally, some parts in the actions scenes felt stilted. Wrong. Sometimes I know what the problem in them is, and other times, I don't, but it just doesn't feel right. Not to say that all the action scenes were garbage. There's some cool parts here. But The Matrix set a high bar, and this movie just doesn't clear it. It can't close. It talks a big game. A great game. But when it comes time to tie everything together, it bails.
 

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The after credit scene soured the first act for me
Neo just uses jedi force push to end everything
It isn't like hes gonna drop dead versus Morpheus. Don't like it when movies stress possible death like that when its obvious he'll live
Dafuq is going on with the firearm miss rate of a storm trooper everyone has?
What stops the machines from making more Neo/Trinity power sources?
 

Ogoid

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I'll be honest, my expectations for this one were so abysmally low, I went in fully prepared to hate it...

...Which is why I found myself rather surprised when I actually didn't.

I agree that the beginning was the strongest part. From the trailers, I thought they might be going full David Lynch with it (which I was completely on board with), and the first scenes with Neo, which seemed to bear that out, were definitely the best part of it for me. I still maintain that if they had gone whole-hog on that, it might have been an amazing film.

(Of course, that's probably the weird-loving, confusion-chasing, obscure-1970's-Eastern-European-art-film-watching nut in me speaking, and one of the last things most people would expect or want from a Matrix sequel.)

As it was, though... eh, I guess it was ok. It could certainly have leaned a bit less obsessively on the nostalgia, expanded a bit more on the state of play of the world (particularly at the end, which left me with way too many questions, and not in a good way), and made more of a case for its own existence, as the story was pretty much finished with Revolutions... but at least it wasn't as offensively bad as I was frankly expecting.
 

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The after credit scene soured the first act for me
There was an after-credits scene? Not sure I want to watch it now.

Neo just uses jedi force push to end everything
And not even that well.

And it's not adequately explained why either when he did it effortlessly in the trilogy.

Dafuq is going on with the firearm miss rate of a storm trooper everyone has?
Yeah, they were seriously hurr-durring in a lot of scenes with that. I mean, I get it. It's an action movie, but even in the original Matrix, there was at least an excuse for the seemingly terrible aiming of everyone but the main characters, even if it could be flimsy at times. In this movie though? It's not even slightly believable looking. My literal grandma could make those shots.

What stops the machines from making more Neo/Trinity power sources?
Don't ask me, man. I don't fucking know.

I'll be honest, my expectations for this one were so abysmally low, I went in fully prepared to hate it...

...Which is why I found myself rather surprised when I actually didn't.

I agree that the beginning was the strongest part. From the trailers, I thought they might be going full David Lynch with it (which I was completely on board with), and the first scenes with Neo, which seemed to bear that out, were definitely the best part of it for me. I still maintain that if they had gone whole-hog on that, it might have been an amazing film.

(Of course, that's probably the weird-loving, confusion-chasing, obscure-1970's-Eastern-European-art-film-watching nut in me speaking, and one of the last things most people would expect or want from a Matrix sequel.)

As it was, though... eh, I guess it was ok. It could certainly have leaned a bit less obsessively on the nostalgia, expanded a bit more on the state of play of the world (particularly at the end, which left me with way too many questions, and not in a good way), and made more of a case for its own existence, as the story was pretty much finished with Revolutions... but at least it wasn't as offensively bad as I was frankly expecting.
Yeah, that pretty much sums it up for me as well.
 
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