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THE MATRIX: RESURRECTION IS HERE

After eight years, the sequel to Revolutions is finally on theater.

04.01.2022
BY MAXWELL SOETOMO
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"The Matrix Resurrections" had its world premiere on December 22, 2021. It has a simultaneous 30-day release on HBO Max and has been streamed in 2.8 million households over its first five days of release.

Keanu Reeves as Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity return in "The Matrix Resurrections", a long-awaited sequel to the original Matrix trilogy (The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions). Both characters died in Revolutions, or so we believed, but Lana Wachowski, the co-writer and director, dives deeper into what happened later in the new film.

On February 4, 2020, the film went into production in San Francisco under the code name "Project Ice Cream". Filming also took place in Germany's Babelsberg Studio and Chicago. To film in the city, the producers had to pay the San Francisco Police Department $420,000.

Filming was halted for a while due to the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020. The cast and Wachowski were concerned that the picture would go down in history as a legendary unfinished film that was never supposed to be seen by anyone. However, they were able to restart filming in August 2020, and on November 11, 2020, the principal shooting ended.

After "Revolutions"

Neo was killed by the machines in "The Matrix: Revolutions". This caused a program called The Analyst to notice that Neo was an anomaly like no other and that his choices were determined by his love for Trinity, a companion the earlier anomalies lacked. As a result, he revives both of them. At the same time, the machines offered peace to Zion and freed those wanting to leave the Matrix. However, due to people leaving, a power shortage eventually happened, leading to a war between the machines.

Neo and Trinity are not worth much on their own, but when combined, the amount of electricity they produce exceeds the average human output by an astounding rate as long as they are kept close enough and driven by desire and fear. The Analyst finds the more manipulated humans are, the more energy they produce. 

 
 
 
 
 
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As a result of this revelation, there is a new version of The Matrix under the supervision of The Analyst, designed to keep Neo and Trinity imprisoned at its heart. The status quo of peace is lifted, and older programs are deleted. During Neo's time in the New Matrix, he was told he was a game designer, Thomas Anderson, and that the events of his life were actually part of the three-part game series he had created. Since Neo's mind rejected the programming, he has had fierce breakdowns. He has tried to fly a few times by jumping from a building. He believes the events in the game are real, but The Analyst, posing as his therapist, keeps him in control by putting him on blue pills and feeding him with lies.

How the film is doing so far

The Matrix Resurrections had a worldwide opening weekend gross of $69.8 million. It's worth noting that the film, which was released in theaters on December 22, also had a simultaneous HBO Max release. Despite this, the film grossed $22.5 million in the U.S.

At the time of writing, the film has generated $44.2 million worldwide. In other words, its global gross is $66.7 million. The film would have needed around $475 million in revenue to cover its $190 million budget and break even.

New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Phoenix, Houston, Seattle, Atlanta, and Washington DC were among the top 10 markets for the film. The Matrix Resurrections garnered mostly mixed reviews from critics prior to its broad distribution, with a conservative 70 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The site's viewership score has since risen to 64 percent.

 
 
 
 
 
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