Heads up, if you haven’t seen the Matrix, I am likely to discuss some things that could potentially spoil the movie for you. I don’t want to do that if you’re determined to see it. I do want to save you some money. Wait for the DVD. The thing is, I love movies. Well, I used to love movies. I don’t know who to be mad at. I still love Keanu Reeves. I can’t be mad at him, right? I mean- I know he isn’t a dynamic actor, but he does have clout. Could he have said, ‘this script sucks, come back when you have something better?’ I hear he is a smart, thoughtful, extremely generous person- and the original Matrix was seriously existential and thoughtful, and just the right movie for him. This? What is this? It feels as bad as the Last Jedi was bad, and I almost think it’s deliberate. Hollywood is tired of making movies, and so they’re hoping we will stop going or stop caring?
The biggest plot fail for this movie is they (the writers)hooked Trinity up with a new love interest. Sure, her husband is a plot contrivance, and he is a 2 dimensional, nonsense character, but they also gave her kids. This is a tough situation, and there is no easy way around a potential love triangle. Unless, that is, all the writers are fresh out of college and have yet to have a successful relationship… That might be one reason Hollywood writers consistently fail at making believable relationships in movies.
Remember the 2002 movie, Unfaithful, with Richard Gere and Diane Lane?! Now that’s a love triangle that goes south. It’s suspenseful and fun and you know it’s wrong on a lot of levels. That’s what makes a morality play work.
Whether Trinity’s memories of her family are fake or in the interim of amnesia she created a new family, the heart of the movie could have been completely about how she has to come to terms with leaving a family for Neo. Contrary to popular belief, that’s not an easy call. Because here is the thing, and it the most important artifact that needs to be considered- Trinity’s greatest attribute is her loyalty. Her strength and love comes from her devotion- devotion to people and causes. Yeah, Neo may have been the love of her life- but that life is over and she has children.