The Matrix Resurrections will be the latest film in The Matrix saga, which is set to premiere in the United States next month. It has been confirmed that Keanu Reeves’ film will also be released in China.
The Matrix franchise is one of the most popular in the Bamboo Curtain country. Fans in China enjoyed the first two films The Matrix (1999) and The Matrix Reloaded (2003) via pirated DVDs which were currently booming and mushrooming there. Quoted from THR, the third film The Matrix Revolutions, which was also released in 2003, became the first Hollywood film to be shown in Chinese theaters simultaneously with screenings in the United States.
Seeing such a huge market, Warner Bros. also chose to make China as one of the main targets for screening The Matrix Resurrections, in addition to North America. What is certain is that the fourth film The Matrix will get more than 12 screens in Beijing, when compared to the screening of the third film in 2003.
Warner Bros. now ready to harvest profit in China. The Matrix Resurrections have passed censorship as reported by local media on Tuesday (11/23/2021). As is known, China is now the largest cinema market in the world. For the year 2020 alone, cinema revenues from screenings in China outperformed those at theaters across North America.
Even in the midst of political tensions between the United States and China that caused some studios to choose not to show their films there, The Matrix Resurrections seems to be the pioneer. The screening of The Matrix Resurrections in China is said to be a breath of fresh air for other Hollywood films to come.
Keanu Reeves returns as Neo in The Matrix Resurrections. In the latest trailer released, the video opens with Keanu Reeves’ character in counseling with a psychiatrist, played by Neil Patrick Harris.
Neil Patrick Harris calls Keanu Reeves by the name Thomas. At that moment, Thomas told the dream he had.
“I had a dream that wasn’t just a dream. Am I crazy?” he said.
There are so many questions that arise after the first trailer for The Matrix Resurrections launched some time ago. The main thing is how Neo played by Keanu Reeves and Trinity played by Carrie-Anne Moss will return to The Matrix story.
As is known, spoiler alert, in The Matrix trilogy, these two characters are said to be dead. So that their reappearance certainly makes many curious about how The Matrix 4 will continue the story.
In one scene, Neo and Trinity are also shown meeting again and shaking hands.
“We have met before?” asked Trinity.
There are many elements from The Matrix movie that were also shown in The Matrix Resurrections trailer. Call it a black cat, a white rabbit tattoo, and the fight between Neo and Morpheus. Looking at the trailer, it looks like Warner Bros. preparing a continuation of the story as well as a reboot of The Matrix.
The Matrix Resurrections is directed by Lana Wachowski and will open December 22, 2021 in US theaters and HBO Max. Besides Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, The Matrix Resurrections are also supported by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, and Priyanka Chopra. Jada Pinket Smith also appears as Niobe, Lambert Wilson as The Merovingian, and Daniel Bernhardt as Agent Johnson.