'The Matrix Resurrections': 9 Things to Know Before You Watch

As we prepare to head back into the simulation in "The Matrix Resurrections," here are the 9 things you need to know before you watch it.

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

The Matrix Resurrections: 9 Things to Know Before You Watch

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It's been almost 20 years since the last Matrix movie. And yet somehow Warner Bros. has managed to resurrect this franchise, as well as some of our favorite characters, for another adventure. The great thing about this franchise is that there are no rules. Your imagination can run wild with possibilities. At the end of the day, who are we to say what's real and what's not in these films. People are constantly going in and out of the Matrix which could very well mean they might get confused or forget that they're still in the simulation. So, we're excited to see what this new iteration has in store for us. And with that, here are the 9 things you should know about before you see "The Matrix Resurrections."

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    Written and Directed by Lana Wachowski

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    Famed director Lana Wachowski who helmed the last three films is writing and directing this one as well. In the past, Lana and her sister Lilly co-wrote and directed these films together. But for this one, Lana is going solo with the exception of adding a few new writers. The foundation of characters and various other thematic elements will surely be kept intact, but who knows what Lana's vision is for the future of the Matrix. Without her sister Lilly, we'll be very interested to see if there are any notable differences in the style of filmmaking.

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    Sequel to "The Matrix Revolutions"

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    So, though it may be a difficult concept to grasp, this film is actually a sequel to "The Matrix Revolutions." That said, we know the follow-up question is, "Didn't Neo and Trinity both die in that film?" And our answer is, "Did they?" Just kidding, of course they did. But as you can see from the title of this new film, they may be coming back to life. Maybe a small part of them still lives in the Matrix. Or maybe it's some other explanation. We know that things might not make sense right now, but we've heard that they will by the end of "The Matrix Resurrections." So, you may want to brush up a bit on the previous Matrix films to make sure you have everything you need before going into this.

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    Keanu Reeves Is Returning as Neo

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    It would be a tough sell to pitch another Matrix movie without "The One" in it. Lucky for us, Mr. Anderson is back and so is Keanu Reeves to reprise the role. From the trailer, we can see that Neo is exclusively taking blue pills trying to keep his life simple. He begins to rethink his decision when he runs into Trinity in a coffee shop. They shake hands, but she has no recollection of who he is. This story at its core is a love story. Neo's love for Trinity makes him want to give up his ordinary life so that he can find the world where Trinity remembers who he is.

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    Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Is Playing Morpheus

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    With Neo feeling like there's no way out of his blue pill life, a different version of his old friend Morpheus shows up with a red pill in hand. This new Morpheus is being played by "Candyman" actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. It appears that the star is playing a younger version of the iconic role that was previously played by Laurence Fishburne. Here's another example of certain things that we don't know and can't explain about "The Matrix Resurrections." But eventually it'll make sense after you watch the film. We're expecting there may be some kind of big twist in store with this character, too. So, be sure to keep your eyes peeled.

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    Carrie-Anne Moss Is Returning as Trinity

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    Even though Fishburne isn't returning, at least we know that Carrie-Anne Moss will be back to reprise her role as Trinity. Without Moss, there wouldn't be a plot for this film because it's really all about her. Neo is going to fight tooth and nail to reunite with her. If you remember "The Matrix Revolutions," the last time they saw each other was when Neo gave Trinity one last kiss. Then, she died. We're still not entirely sure how Trinity and Neo are alive. But we're hopeful that Trinity will eventually regain her memory of past events, including the romantic moments that she's shared with Neo.

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    Jonathan Groff Is Playing Agent Smith

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    We learned that Hugo Weaving couldn't return due to scheduling conflicts, but in his place as Agent Smith will be "Mindhunter" actor Jonathan Groff. From the preview, we've already seen a small snippet of him yelling, "Mr. Anderson!" And we're loving it. It's interesting because this version of Agent Smith seems to be Neo's friend at first as they have a calm conversation about Neo returning to the Matrix. If Groff's performance is anywhere near as intense as Weaving's iconic portrayal of the character, then we're in store for some fun.

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    Jada Pinkett Smith Is Returning as Niobe

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    Jada Pinkett Smith is another name you'll recognize and she's reprising her role as Niobe, the most gifted martial artist from Zion. One of the things we're noticing about her character in "The Matrix Resurrections" is that she looks like she's aged more than the others. Her character is human and she was still alive when we last saw her, so it would make sense that she's older now. But what does that say about our other characters? It may imply that Neo and Trinity are new programs now and that's why they are "alive." Or maybe there'll be some sort of time travel involved in this flick. Time will tell.

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    Priyanka Chopra Jonas Is Playing Sati

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    A character that has really piqued our interest is that of Sati, the exile program that was created without a purpose from the previous film. Sati was smuggled into the Matrix and was protected by the Oracle as a child. The Oracle believed that one day she would serve a much larger purpose. Now, she's all grown up. Newcomer Priyanka Chopra Jonas will be taking on this role playing a crucial part in Neo's mission.

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    Neil Patrick Harris Is Playing the Analyst

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    This is a character announcement we'd heard early on that we're super excited about. "How I Met Your Mother" star Neil Patrick Harris joins the Matrix family. And the first look we've seen is that he's playing Neo's psychiatrist. Right off the bat, it seems fishy. We wouldn't be surprised if Harris is actually another rogue program like Agent Smith that's gone off the rails to take down Neo for good. What better way to destroy someone than from the inside out? This is obviously just a theory but Harris as an analyst strictly for the betterment of Neo just doesn't seem likely. One of the things you need to know about a film like "The Matrix Resurrections" is that anything can happen.

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The Matrix Resurrections

R

Action

December 22, 2021

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Jesse Conner

Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.

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