“No one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.”
The Matrix Reloaded made three times as much in its opening weekend as The Matrix did, but this time, word of mouth was not in its favor.
In place of secrecy, The Matrix Reloaded and its sequel, The Matrix Revolutions, piled on explanations and worldbuilding, robbing the series of its mystery while somehow making it even harder to understand.
Rather than mimic the original, Reloaded and Revolutions attempt the more difficult task of both expanding and subverting the mythology of The Matrix.
The One destined to liberate humanity from the machines? He’s another expected part of the system. The people who helped him succeed in the first place? Some of them are just computer programs.
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The Matrix was an impossibly bold work — the second film ever directed by the Wachowskis, it challenged audience expectations and changed the way movies were made.
If nothing else, trailers for The Matrix Resurrections explicitly riff on the previous films in the series, so watching the whole original trilogy could help you get the most out of the long-awaited sequel.