Chill Pills, Cool Trailer: But can latest ‘Matrix’ resurrect the franchise?

Whether it's a reboot or a resurrection, the next Matrix film, due at Christmas, certainly looks shiny...

After several days of cyber-promotion, the actual teaser trailer for The Matrix: Resurrections made its debut on line today giving the first firm look at what we can expect from the Wachowskis’ own reinvention of their original trilogy of movies and one of the cultural phenomena of the 1990s.  Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss are both returning, though their characters look a little worse for wear and memory. The film also stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman) Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens), Jonathan Groff (Hamilton, Mindhunter), Neil Patrick Harris (How I met Your Mother), Priyanka Chopra Jonas (Quantico), Christina Ricci (The Addams Family, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles), Telma Hopkins (Dead to Me), Eréndira Ibarra (Sense8), Toby Onwumere (Empire), Max Riemelt (Sense8), Brian J. Smith (Sense8, Treadstone), and Jada Pinkett Smith (Angel Has Fallen, Gotham).

The trailer is quite superbly synched with Jefferson Airplane‘s own iconic hit, 1967’st White Rabbit and highlights some genuinely kinetic action scenes that deliberately ignore the rules of physics in the most entertaining way. It’s far too early to tell if the film will have the same impact as the original film (and to some degree the two sequels which arguably obeyed the law of diminishing returns) or whether it will be a spectacle for the eye rather than the mind, but hopefully it can attract both those looking for some post-modern nostalgia and those looking for a major blockbuster for the holiday season.

The Matrix: Resurrections arrives 22nd December in cinemas and on HBO Max