The time has finally come. The first official trailer for The Matrix: Resurrections has been released. On Tuesday, fans were treated to a revival of WhatIsTheMatrix.com. Depending on the time they viewed the site and whether they picked the red pill or blue pill, viewers could see up to 180,000 different teaser trailers. The time for teasers is over now. Now, we have to make a choice. Take the blue pill and the story ends. You wake in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill…you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Neo and Trinity are waiting. Will you join them?
“If you want the truth, Neo, you’re going to have to follow me.”
The trailer opens with Neo in what appears to be his Thomas Anderson mode. He’s speaking with a therapist, played by Neil Patrick Harris. Neo relays that he’s had dreams that weren’t just dreams and is worried that he’s crazy.
“We don’t use that word in here.” is the only reply the therapist gives.
The Matrix Resurrections trailer is full of imagery and quick flashes. However, one theme seems to be present throughout the entire trailer. In an almost heavy-handed fashion, Alice in Wonderland themes and motifs are nearly everywhere. From the use of Jefferson Airplane’s Go Ask Alice to the white rabbit tattoo to traveling through mirrors to taking pills to the literal book Alice in Wonderland sitting on a table; it’s a bit much. Aside from that, there are plenty of references to the first trilogy. There are black cats, dojo fights, bullets being stopped in midair, and high-energy action sequences.
It’s apparent what is happening with the plot, especially considering the ending of The Matrix Revolutions. This is exactly what the architect warned us about in the second film. It would appear the Matrix has been rebooted. Thomas Anderson, as Neo, is still the chosen one and must fight alongside Trinity to free humanity from the tyranny of the machines. The Matrix: Resurrections appears to be a soft reboot/sequel with younger versions of popular characters like Morpheus and The Oracle being recast, but playing similar roles. It makes sense but has me a little leery about the point of the movie. Time will tell and hopefully, I’m wrong.