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A fourth Matrix film? August 31, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

I’m conflicted by this news, that a fourth Matrix film may be in the works. I liked the first one a lot, an awful lot, the second wasn’t bad. The third… oh dear God no, what a mess, leaning far too heavily on that which had come before to no useful effect. And there’s been quite a gap of years between then and now – a good 17 years or so.

Variety reported yesterday that The Matrix 4—a sequel rather than a reboot—was officially a go, to be directed by Lana Wachowski and starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss.


As late as 2015, the idea of reviving the Matrix franchise with Reeves might have been perceived as box-office poison. The actor hadn’t had a major hit in more than a decade. The Wachowskis had similarly struggled to replicate the success of their breakout sci-fi action series; and even the last Matrix movie, The Matrix Revolutions, had underperformed relative to prior entries, suggesting a drop-off in audience interest. When the first Matrix came out in 1999, it felt genuinely extraordinary, a mash-up of genres and heady ideas that was easier to experience than to explain. Twenty years on, perhaps the franchise can be the spark to revive a creatively stagnant Hollywood yet again.

So what has changed?

Keanu Reeves is box office material again – with John Wick reviving his career very nicely. And in fairness it’s not a bad franchise at all with a neatly stylised world worked out, albeit perhaps for some the violent subject matter is off-putting (and for a lesson in how not to do that approach consider the pretty soulless Atomic Blonde). One of the Wachowski sisters is involved, so there’s a degree of continuity and Carrie-Anne Moss has produced some interesting work, not least appearing in…

If it’s better than the third, well, that’s something I suppose.


1. irishmarxism - August 31, 2019

Just like the ‘Alien’ films. In the first, one Alien is enough to scare the s**t out of you and in the next film hundreds of them get killed like a video game.


WorldbyStorm - August 31, 2019

Definitely, and that first one was brilliant. The second one… well, not so much. Okay, but not a patch on the first.


alanmyler - August 31, 2019

Prometheus was pretty good though.

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WorldbyStorm - August 31, 2019

There’s mixed feelings on that! 🙂 I kind of liked Alien Resurrection, which was without question a complete mess.


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