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Everything We Know So Far About The Matrix 4

Santiago Motto

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original film, the third sequel was officially announced on 20 August 2019. The word is out, and is official; a new incarnation of The Matrix is almost upon us. But what do we know so far about The Matrix 4?

It’s been twenty years went by since the first Matrix movie shocked the world. Although it seems it was yesterday when we first saw Neo dodging bullets, the trilogy ended 17 years ago, in 2003.

Two decades ago, The Matrix changed the cinematic world forever; can Lana Wachowski do it again with Matrix 4? We are about to go deep into gossip and try to make some conclusions. Fasten the seatbelt and hold on tight, we’re in for a ride.

The cast

The official news is that part of the legendary cast that made The Matrix such a blockbuster ($1.6bn so far) is back in the game. So far, these are the confirmed names:

Neo – Keanu Reeves is going for his old role as ‘The One’. According to his own social media, and some leaked photos of the set in San Francisco, he is a long-haired, bearded version of himself.

Trinity Kate Ann Moss is also going to be back in the cast playing her legendary role. Although we saw her death during Matrix Revolutions, she is going to be one of the main characters for Matrix 4.

The MerovingianLambert Wilson, AKA The Merovingian from Matrix Reloaded is back in the cast. Will Monica Bellucci appear as well? Nothing confirmed yet.

Niobe Jada Pinkett Smith is also back in her role as Niobe, the rebel present in both, Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions.

Agent JohnsonDaniel Bernhardt, who played Agent Johnson in previous versions, is confirmed to be back in the cast reprising his role.

Who’s missing?

So far, these are the confirmed characters with known, familiar faces. But what about other classic characters such as Morpheus, or agent Smith? Lawrence Fishburne told New York Magazine, he had not been invited to join the action this time but gives his blessing to the project. About Agent Smith, actor Hugo Weaving confirmed that although Lana Wachowski approached him. Still, some schedule problems will keep him away from the project.

On one hand, the familiar faces, on the other, the big absences. What’s the icing on the cake? The added stars. Lana Wachowski brought to the Matrix realm some of the big names that worked with her in Cloud Atlas, Sense8, and more. Let’s take a look at who’s onboard so far.

New faces

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II – The rising star from Watchmen and Aquaman is a confirmed member of the cast as well. Will he be playing young Morpheus? That’s what most gossip goes for.

Neil Patrick Harris – Perhaps the biggest surprise is the How I met your mother star who claimed was on board for a significant role. What role is it? That is yet to be seen.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas – The Indian movie star was confirmed as part of the cast, but no further details were given about her role.

Jonathan Groff – Star from Mindhunter and Frozen, has confirmed being part of the cast.

Jessica Henwick – This Marvel star is getting all the cool stuff in geek land. She played an X-Wing pilot in The Force Awakens, a Sand Snake in Game of Thrones, and Collen Wing in the Netflix series Iron Fist. According to The Wrap, she is into the new Matrix movie with a “key role”.

Brian J Smith, Toby Onwumere and Eréndira Ibarra – These familiar faces from Wachowski’s Sense8 will also be present in the last incarnation of Matrix.

The director

Is Lana Wachowski alone?

The Wachowski brothers made some amazing things together but this time Lana is doing the Matrix sequel on her own. Her sister, Lilly seems to have abandoned science fiction for good. She claimed in August 2019 to the TCA that she was no longer interested in the implicit messages (subtext) present in science fiction as a genre.

Her sister is absent and she is taking on the directing role by herself. This doesn´t mean she´s alone. She wrote the script together with David Mitchell, and Aleksander Hemon, coworkers from Sense8. The team of stars is complete with Grant Hill, a long-time collaborator of the Wachowski adventures.

The plot, what we know so far

Let’s see, we know that Neo and Trinity are back in the game. We also know that they died in Matrix Revolutions. This will direct us to a prequel, but when interviewed by the BBC, Keanu Reeves denied this theory stating that it was not a trip to the past. Furthermore, he said that it will be a beautiful love story with lots of action. Moreover, he qualified the script as “too beautiful to turn down” when interviewed by Empire Magazine. We assume this love story is between Neo and Trinity; will the power of love beat death? Yet to be seen.

Can we expect to see a different incarnation of Morpheus? Perhaps a parallel universe? With a Wachowski involved, anything can happen.

Filming

The filming had started on February 4th, 2020 in San Francisco. Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the production was brought to a halt on March 16th. It was Keanu Reeves, through his social media who confirmed that the filming resumed on August 16th in Berlin. The principal photography for the movie was wrapped up by November 11th, 2020. This included the three main locations: Berlin, San Francisco, and Chicago.

The very few leaked scenes are in San Francisco and show Kate Ann Moss (Trinity) onboard a Motorcycle and Keanu Reeves (Neo) riding behind her.

Release date

Warner Bros original release date for Matrix 4 was May 21st, 2021. Due to the pandemic delays, the release was postponed until April 1st, 2022. Still, the latest gossip we could get our hands on said that it will premiere on December 22nd, 2021. The big news, though, is that it will be premiering not only in theatres but also in HBO MAX for all the lucky subscribers.

Trailer

Since the filming wrapped up only two months ago, we should have some months before seeing the first official trailer. Don’t worry, we searched all over for it too; we can’t wait either.

Wrapping up

What can we expect from the new incarnation of The Matrix? Well, we can make some assumptions to consider the resurrection of Neo and Trinity. Perhaps the inclusion of a younger Morpheus, which would mean time-travelling? Or even parallel realities. The truth is that with a Wachowski involved anything can happen.

We, as fans, would love to see Matrix 4 break all the moulds and witness Lana Wachowski, Keanu Reeves, and company revolutionize the movie world again.

Hopefully, they will not let us down.


Thanks for reading about what we know so far about The Matrix 4. Did we miss anything? Are there any rumours you’ve heard? What do you think the plot will be? Leave us a comment below.


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9 Movie Remakes That Should Never Have Been Made

Aaron Phillips

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Let’s have a look at nine movie releases remakes that definitely shouldn’t have never been made to seen the light of day.

It seems that in recent years, Hollywood have run out of original movie ideas. There has been remake after remake of films that were initially successful. As it often the case, film execs decide to cash in and remake these films for a new audience.

Now, sometimes this works. Oceans Eleven; The Jungle Book and Woman in Black are some examples that come to mind.

But sometimes it can go spectacularly wrong. This can be due to poor box office sales or being critically panned by the critics. Or it could just be the fact that the writing is utterly diabolical.

9. The Omen (2006)

If you’re going to have a pop at remaking a horror classic, then you have to bring something new to the table. The David Seltzer-penned 1976 original is a horror classic. Brooding and sinister, it doesn’t rely on shock scares. Instead, it uses atmosphere; some fantastic actors; a great script and an Oscar-winning musical score. This remake from 2006 didn’t live up to its predecessor’s brilliance. In fact, there’s no good reason why it was made. The plot follows almost the exact same story as the original film. A large majority of the scenes are practically identical, which seems pointless. You can’t blame the cast as there was some fine actors involved – Mia Farrow, Pete Postlethwaite and Michael Gambon to name a few. But their acting skills were not enough to make this movie good.

It adds nothing new to the original story; it’s just the same film with a different cast. It did make a healthy profit at the box office ($120 million), but the critic reviews were not good for the reasons I’ve mentioned. Fan-reviewed websites also have pretty poor reviews for it, so don’t just take my word for it.

8. Robin Hood (2018)

There have been a few Robin Hood movies over the years. Some are better than others, but this remake from 2018 is truly terrible. There are many factors involved and the two lead men are fine actors, but just not in this movie. Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx have a great filmography, but their ham acting is just cringeworthy here. Blame should also go to the script, which is cheesier than a large cheese pudding. There is plenty of action sequences, but the costumes and dialogue are all anachronistic. This all adds to the clunkiness of the whole debacle. It was also a box office bomb and universally panned by critics. If you want a good Robin Hood movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously, watch Robin Hood: Men in Tights from 1993.

7. Get Carter (2000)

The 1971 original is often hailed as one of the greatest movies of all time. A lot of that had to do with the charismatic Michael Caine as the lead character. A gritty Londoner out for revenge after the murder of his brother. In 2000 the movie was remade, but this time it’s set in Seattle with Sylvester Stallone as the lead character. The premise is still the same as the original film, but Sly Stallone kicking butts in Seattle just doesn’t have the same impact. Yes, there are some cool fight scenes and Sly does a good job on the acting front. But it doesn’t have the coolness or panache of the original. It just another Sly fronted action-thriller with little substance. Critics and audiences agreed, and it was universally panned. It also lost $40 million at the international box office.

Psycho (1998)

I’m going to open with the same point I made earlier in this article. If you are going to remake a classic movie, then be innovative and do something new. Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 original is a masterpiece of creepy psychological filmmaking. Unfortunately, this 1998 remake failed to improve on any of that. Vince Vaughn played the Norman Bates character with Anne Heche playing Marion Crane. They do a fair job in portraying these iconic characters but bring nothing new to them. I guess seeing the film in colour helps bring a modern feel to it; especially as fake blood was used as opposed to chocolate sauce in the original. But interesting facts aside, it’s pretty much a shot-for-shot remake of the original.

Even the director Gus Van Sant admitted later it was an experiment to see if a shot-for-shot movie would work. It didn’t, as was proved by the critical and financial failure of the film. Then it barely made back half of its $60 million dollar budget. It was also given several Golden Raspberry awards for worst director and worst remake. This proves that you don’t mess around with Alfred Hitchcock.

5. Robocop (2014)

I remember walking into the cinema to watch this full of excitement. I left the cinema two hours later full of popcorn, but also full of disappointment. The original 1987 film is a cult classic. It’s mix of action; violence and satire made it one of the best movies of the decade. This remake from 2014 failed to hit any of those spots. Yes, it had some small elements of political satire and philosophical touches from the original, but little else. People with weak stomachs will applaud the lack of gore, but without it, the film seems too melodramatic. The updated effects make this remake look better, but the substance and excitement just aren’t there. Critics were overwhelming negative of the film too. There is also another reboot in the works. Why?!

4. The Fog (2005)

Enveloping fog has always been a good premise from a horror film. John Carpenter also thought so and made a creepy such film in 1980. The plot revolves around a mysterious fog that brings dead sailors to haunt and terrorize a Californian town. Sometimes the passage of time can allow for the special effects to improve, and it does here. But the gaps between the various grisly deaths are just dull. The characters are wooden, and you don’t end up caring when they meet their untimely demise. John Carpenter did produce this remake so it’s surprising there isn’t more depth to it. It did make a small profit at the box office but was universally panned by movie critics. If you do have to watch it just don’t engage your brain.

3. Total Recall (2012)

Another movie that tried to reboot an iconic sci-fi action film. 1990’s original was set on Mars and featured Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead role. At the time, it was one of the most expensive movies ever made. This remake from 2012 had Colin Farrell in the lead role, supported by the brilliant Kate Beckinsale. This is another film that’s enjoyable to watch, just don’t try thinking whilst watching. There are plenty of spectacular action sequences that fizz, pop and bang, but don’t expect substance. It lacks any depth to the plot and misses the mark on the dry humour and character development that the original had. Pretty much all the movie critics agreed as well.

2. Bangkok Dangerous (2008)

Ah, Nicolas Cage. His movies in recent years have been a bit, well, hit and miss. And that’s being generous. It’s a shame as he is genuinely a great actor. But in recent years he’s picked terrible films to be in, and often dials in a performance. This remake from the Pang brothers Thai original from 1999 has none of the unique hallmarks of the original. For example, Nic Cage’s character is no longer deaf and mute like he was in the original. This seems odd as the brothers also directed this remake. A meandering plot; wooden performances and clunky cinematography make this a flop. It also received poor reviews and barely broke even at the box office.

1. Death Wish (2018)

The Charles Bronson 1974 original was a violent but successful vigilante movie. It also hit a chord with Americans at a time of increasing urban violence. It spawned several sequels, but this 2018 remake had Bruce Willis dishing out the justice. The original film had a point to make about taking the law into your own hands and did it with a visceral bang. The film was shocking at the time with its violence and rape scene, but it was relevant to explain how the lead character changed through the film. This remake doesn’t explore any of this.

It’s a brainless revenge movie that doesn’t have the same impact as the original and Bruce Willis dials in a lacklustre performance. It doesn’t add anything to the original film, and you’re left feeling empty after watching it. The whole thing seems pointless and morally bankrupt. In fact, it makes the 1974 original seem almost philosophical. It also received criticism for being released a few weeks after the Douglas High School shooting in Florida and for glorifying guns. It also barely made a profit at the box office and overwhelmingly received negative reviews.


And that’s our list of nine movie remakes that should never have been given the green light. Did we miss any? do you agree with us? Let us know in the comments below.


Read about what went wrong with the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street HERE.

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