The Matrix 4 Title and Trailer Revealed Plus Why It’s Aptly Named
The fourth installment to The Matrix franchise is officially underway as Warner Bros. treated the attendees of this year's CinemaCon with the first official footage for The Matrix 4.
The studio also officially confirmed the title of the long-awaited sci-fi action thriller: The Matrix: Resurrections.
Sadly, the footage was released exclusively at the conference. So the public doesn't have access to the teaser trailer as of this writing. Not to worry! Here is a fairly detailed description of what was showcased.
Neo Is Yet to Realize His Potential
Right off the bat, the reveal featured the return of both Keanu Reeves as Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity.
The trailer begins with Reeves' Neo talking to his therapist, played by Neil Patrick Harris, in a futuristic San Francisco. Neo then explains to his therapist that he has been having dreams that weren't just dreams.
"Am I crazy?" he asks. "We don't use that word in here," replies Harris.
Akin to the first movie in the franchise, Neo senses that something isn't right about the world surrounding him. But, apparently, he has no recollection of what 'The Matrix' is, probably because he has been taking two blue pills a day as per his doctor's prescription.
Neo then encounters Moss's Trinity in a cafe, but the two of them don't recognize one another. It seems as though both of the lead characters have no memories of the previous movies.
"Have we met?" she asks him.
They shake hands and seem to instinctively gravitate towards one another, but neither of them really knows the other. Meanwhile, Neo, who still went by Thomas Anderson, goes about his routine, taking his pills and wondering why everyone is so hooked to their phones.
A scene in the trailer sees him looking around to realize that he was the only one in a crowded elevator not glued to his device.
Beats from the Original Trilogy
In time, Anderson runs into a man oddly reminiscent of Morpheus, played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. In the original trilogy, Laurence Fishburne played Morpheus. The mystery man hands Anderson the red pill, and soon enough, Neo is back in business.
The following footage was in line with what fans were used to seeing from The Matrix's original trilogy. That is, Neo having his powers and then some. There was also a scene where Neo fought the Morpheus-like man in a dojo and an image of Anderson in an incubator.
As the trailer picked up the pace, a scene showcases Neo looking into the mirror to see an older version of himself. Reeves' character also seems to have developed a few new powers, including telekinesis, which he uses to control a missile to prevent it from hitting him.
The film, produced by Village Roadshow, also stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Lambert Wilson, and Jessica Henwick. Newer additions to the cast include Christina Ricci, Jessica Henwick, Priyanka Chopra, and Jonathan Groff.
Apart from the much-awaited action title, Warner Bros. also revealed its upcoming slate of movies with release dates, namely The Batman for March 4, 2022, and Dune for October 22, 2021.
They also revealed footage from James Wan’s Malignant, Clint Eastwood’s Cry Macho, The Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark, and the Will Smith starrer King Richard.
As for The Matrix Resurrections, the movie will be out in time for Christmas this year.