I mentioned in my last post that I have been disappointed by movie sequels before.
Franchises like Star Wars and Terminator come to mind right away.
The Matrix already had two disappointing sequels back in 2003. The original movie has an IMDB score of 8.7 while the sequels dropped to 7.2 and 6.8 in that order.
But I couldn’t avoid a little excitement when I heard that a new sequel was coming in 2021 and that one of the two directors was involved along with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss (back from the dead somehow?) Perhaps Lana Wachowski could make amends for past mistakes?
Well nothing could be further from the truth – this movie is a complete disaster. The IMDB rating has dropped to 5.7.
Here are the worst things that I can remember:
- The movie does not move things forward – instead it is a rehash. Unbelievably both Neo and Trinity are back in the pods and have to be freed once again!
- Instead of Neo being “the one”, it turns out that Neo and Trinity are actually the two. And at the end Trinity is able to fly in the Matrix too and is able to save Neo!
- There were replacement actors for Morpheus and Smith. I have seen some articles about “scheduling conflicts” but this article in Newsweek says that Lana did not ask them to be in the movie!
- Neo has some new “force push” power which he uses again and again in the action sequences instead of something more interesting (like Kung Fu)
Very, very disappointing