Re-Re-Enter the Matrix: Keanu and Carrie-Anne Are Back for Four
"Matrix" stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will re-team with writer/director Lana (née Laurence) Wachowski for a fourth installment of the beloved franchise which went downhill so quickly that even Neo would rather take the blue pill than sit through the sequels again.
Original co-writer/co-director Lilly (née Andrew) Wachowski has yet to say whether s/he will be involved in the new production. In fact, the younger Wachowski hasn't been heard from publicly in three years, since taking a leave of absence from the siblings' "Sense8" Netflix series.
Variety reports that Warner Bros. had been looking at re-entering "The Matrix" for a couple of years, but it was "Reeves boasting a strong summer" with a pair of box office hits in “John Wick 3” and “Toy Story 4,” plus a new script from the elder Wachowski, that sealed the deal.
Can they turn it around after the twin disasters which were "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions?" Hell, I don't even know what Moss is doing back for a fourth installment, after her prolonged death scene in the third movie.
True story. Trinity's death was so drawn out, so over-the-top, and so speechified by both Moss and Reeves, that when I went to see it theaters in 2003, someone shouted at the screen, "JUST DIE ALREADY!" And then the entire theater erupted in cheers and applause for the shouter.
No, it wasn't me.
As for the new one, let's just hope that Trinity's rebirth isn't as awful as her death.
Let's also hope that whichever Wachowski (I can never remember which is which, even after writing three paragraphs just now featuring them) scripted the thing, they haven't given another 300-word-per-minute exposition speech to "The Architect," Helmut Bakaitis.
We can hope and pray that the action scenes are tightened up, and we'll never again have to bear witness to another 20-minute sequence of Neo and Agent Smith nearly hitting each other.
While we're at it, could they please give Laurence Fishburne something better to do than talk like Stoned Yoda?
And maybe Neo could get his eyesight back, so Reeves isn't stuck playing him as Paul Muad'Dib playing blind Jesus in a spaceship?
Furthermore, could we have the new movie make enough sense that we don't need to watch or read a bunch of extraneous material (like "The Animatrix") to understand what's going on? Is that too much to ask?
Or better yet, how about they just let Keanu shoot "John Wick: Chapter 4" with Carrie-Anne as his costar and call it good?
I know I would.