By Arlett Ramirez
Assistant Web Content Manager
Warner Bros. recently announced that a fourth “Matrix” film will be released. The first “Matrix”, released in 1999, broke records and received critical acclaim as well as winning four Academy Awards. It was a box office success and spawned off two sequels – “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions”. I’ll be honest the sequels cannot hold a candle to the first and the ending left fans disappointed (rightfully so).
Keanu Reeves has had a big movie year with “John Wick 3 – Parabellum”, “Always Be My Maybe”, and “Toy Story 4”. It only makes sense for Warner Bros to make another Matrix film to capitalize on Reeves’s star power. The good news is that Lana Wachowski, one of the directors and writers of the Matrix trilogy, will return to write and direct “Matrix 4”.
The ending of “The Matrix Revolutions” left the future of the Matrix franchise open for future films (or a better ending). However, the directors and writers (the Wachowskis) repeatedly denied rumors about a fourth movie to work on other projects. Now with the recent announcement, fans are hoping that the fourth film will shed light on some aspects that the sequels didn’t explain well or completely ignored.
“Matrix 4” could focus more on the machines that enslaved humans in the matrix as sources of power or it could focus on the humans wanting to escape the matrix with the help of Neo (Reeves) and Trinity (Carry-Ann Moss). Another topic the film could tackle is artificial intelligence (AI) and how much it’s changed since 1999. When the first Matrix was released the concept of AI was fairly new but now in 2019, it’s a concept that everyone is very familiar with. The film could focus on the dangers of AI to humans and vice versa.
Filming is scheduled to begin in 2020 and I, for one, cannot wait to see Reeves and Moss reprise their iconic characters dodging bullets, fighting agents and looking cool with their all black outfits. Not many plot details or a release date have been released but one thing is for sure that it will be action-packed with incredible special effects never seen before!
“The Matrix” is considered one of the greatest science fiction films ever made. I’ll admit that I recently watched all three films a few months ago for the very first time – ever! The fight scenes, the quotes and the characters have become a part of pop culture. I deeply regret not watching them sooner because these films are iconic! Their influence can be found in many other films and they changed the way special effects are used.
If you haven’t watched any of the “Matrix” films, I highly recommend you do so ASAP! The hype is totally worth it and after you finish watching them, you’ll say (just like Reeves) “woah”!
If you’re a Matrix fan and can’t wait until “Matrix 4” hits theaters, you can catch the original “Matrix” digitally remastered in select theaters starting Aug. 30 to celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary.
Featured image by Steve Troughton via Creative Commons.