In the action and science fiction blockbuster The Matrix, which is now 22 years old, Thomas Anderson lives an insignificant big city life, has a boring job and one day has to realize that the world around him only exists for appearances. Almost everyone knows the story; at least among film fans, it is part of general knowledge today. So why are we mentioning them here again? Because the fourth film, which starts in cinemas 18 years after the end of the Matrix trilogy, actually begins exactly the same way. Thomas Anderson ( Keanu Reeves) Life seems to be much more exciting and successful than when it first appeared in cinemas. But he has just as little idea of his identity as Neo, the chosen one, as of the fact that his everyday life is actually just a virtual reality controlled by machines. Until finally the mysterious Morpheus ( Yahya Abdul-Mateen II ) enters his life and he meets the charismatic Trinity ( Carrie-Anne Moss ) in his regular coffee shop “Simulate”. The latter is not called Trinity here, but Tiffany. So is it her? Or isn’t she? And if so, how is it even possible that Neo and Trinity are the protagonists here again, given the fate that befell them both at the end of Matrix Revolutions?
The film answers these questions as well as why Morpheus doesn’t have the form of Laurence Fishburne this time. And if the synopsis above is a bit vague, it’s only because we don’t want to anticipate as much of the film’s plot as possible. Instead, let’s briefly refer to another film that was released six years ago: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens was also a late sequel to a very successful science that probably nobody seriously expected before its surprising announcement fiction series. The film took viewers on a nostalgic trip to a galaxy far, far away, replicating the original Star Wars Film not only visually, but largely told the same story again. Long-time fans immediately felt at home and the familiar-looking locations and characters warmed their heart. But there was also criticism that the film made things too easy for itself and put too much on the nostalgia card by simply copying one of the predecessors.