The first reactions toMatrix resurrections are in it – and it looks like the audience has been split in half.
Keanu Reeves and Carrie Ann Moss reprized the roles of Neo and Trinity for the first Matrix movie since 2003 Matrix revolutions.
The film premiered in Toronto on Thursday, December 16, and reactions ranged from overwhelmingly positive to disappointed.
However, everyone agrees that the film is ambitious and not afraid to take risks.
While film critic Courtney Howard called the film a “formidable, awe-inspiring mental mea-bender and fully in keeping with the franchise’s legacy,” Memory aid writer Jeff Nelson criticized it as “serious misconduct.”
He called it a “nearly 2.5 hour exhibition dump with choppy action scenes reminiscent of the Bourne films.”
Writer Emily VanDerWerff summed up the film’s divisive nature in a tweet read: “There was a moment in the middle of Matrix resurrections where I briefly thought it was the best movie ever made, and, like, I didn’t convince myself that it’s NOT?
“I loved it. A lot of people are going haaaaaaaate, ”she added.
Kevin L Lee added that the film, which he described as “very imperfect”, is “made / played with so much sincerity and eagerness to do something new”.
He said: “It takes all the swings a Matrix sequel should do. It’s a LOT of stuff, but ‘sure’ is NOT one of them.”
According to People‘s Nigel Smith, the new movie is “more fun” than the previous sequels.
Matrix resurrections hits theaters on December 23.