Neo and Trinity would like you to stay until the end, please. Image: Warner Bros.
Fans know to stay through the credits on a marvel movie, but maybe not on a Matrix movie. However, they certainly should when it comes to The Matrix Resurrections, now in theaters and streaming on HBO Max.
Resurrections is the highly anticipated sequel to the original Matrix trilogy (the matrix, The Matrix reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions) who brings back Keanu Reeves as Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity. Both characters died in Revolutions, or so we thought, but co-writer and director Lana Wachowski explores what happened next in her new film.
And after all the action and drama of The Matrix Resurrections, there are the credits. If you’re like most people, you probably stopped the movie there. But Wachowski has a cheeky little surprise at the end and here’s what happened.
If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll know that in this new version of the Matrix, created by the machines to house Neo and Trinity after Revolutions, Thomas Anderson has created a hugely successful franchise of games called… The Matrix. And now the owner of the company, Warner Bros., wants him to make a fourth game. Something he said he would never do. all of those mirrors, exactly, what Lana Wachowski continued with The Matrix movies.
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After the end credits, we return to a scene that takes place early in the film, and we see Anderson’s brain confidence still trying to shatter what should be a fourth Matrix. Whether or not this is actually still happening in the movie’s Matrix – as Neo and Trinity are no longer under the control of the Analyst (Neil Patrick Harris) at the end – we don’t know. Maybe it might not. Anyway, one of the contributors mentions that “Movies are dead. Games are dead. Story? Dead.” They believe that media is nothing but a series of neural triggers. And the answer? Cat videos. “What we need is a series of videos that we call The Catrix.” He leans back with dumb confidence.
Like The Matrix Resurrections itself, the scene is a joke that works on a few levels. The bottom line is that the idea is so incredibly stupid, that’s why it’s funny. However, you should keep in mind that the scene probably also features Wachowski commenting on both her general disregard for modern, mainstream entertainment and maybe even previous ideas people have given her to create a fourth Matrix. Ideas so stupid and random they might as well have been the Cat-rix. Hopefully no one has ever specifically pitched The Matrix with cats, but if you endorse cats for “Any Random Popular Thing,” it becomes clearer.
Anyway, it’s a nice little addition to the movie and, in case you missed it, there it is. The Matrix Resurrections is now playing.
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