Let’s say, just for to argue, of course, that you hate yourself. With that in mind, three details about your life can be assumed. One is that you miss a certain period of your past. High school, college, whatever, you miss it. Another is that, looking to relive those glory years, you chase sensory regressions, usually a combination of ice cream, pizza and computer screens, with a shameless and disproportionate sticky fingers. Finally, either you haven’t seen, or you’ve seen and hate a lot, the most catastrophically misunderstood box office bomb last year, The Matrix Resurrections.
These things are, very painfully, related. Matrix 4 he didn’t bomb because it was bad. He bombarded because, being himself About self-hatred and nostalgia and the tyranny of screens, was hated by nostalgic netizens who hated themselves. Who, according to this logic, must constitute a basic electorate of the cinephile public. HBO Max is resurrected Resurrections earlier this month for streaming. Did you know that? Or does it even matter? Definitely not, and that’s your whole problem. You are, like Neo, incapable of understanding what you need most in this world, which is precisely the reality of your reality. Yes Matrix 4 it fails at anything, it is by forgetting that those who hate themselves never want to look in the mirror.
Although you may be aware of this exactly. Lana Wachowski’s film practically burns with mirrors, with self-control. The foreground is of someone upside down walking towards us. It turns out to be a reflection in a puddle. We are dealing with investment and investment, Wachowski is signaling, and not just cinematically. The first third of the film more or less recapitulates the events of the first Matrix, but wrong, unconvincing. “Why use old code,” one character asks, “to reflect something new?” The critically acclaimed film even hates itself. He looks in the mirror and doesn’t like what he sees.
Neo too. We see him sunk in his workplace, staring at the old lines of green, miserable rain. In this resurrected Matrix, he is a world-renowned game designer, and the original trilogy was simply a game of his own creation, not real. Once, believing that yes, he tried to commit suicide. “I’m crazy?” he asks his therapist. “We don’t use that word here,” the therapist replies. Yes, Neo is in therapy now.
It’s just … bad therapy. As soon as we meet the therapist, wearing elegant blue-rimmed glasses, he renews Neo’s prescription for blue pills. Listen to the words of the therapist: “What were you? feeling in that moment?” “This attack is effective he took your voice out. ” “She is OK unleashed you. “” We’ve talked about it the value of adaptive anger in human trauma. ” Therapy apps are better at dialogue than that, and that’s the point. Soon, the truth comes to light: the failed architect of the original Matrix has been replaced by this guy. It’s called the analyst. In other words, the being recently enslaving the masses, the bad of The Matrix Resurrectionshe is a regular therapist.
You’re starting to see why you don’t like this movie. Matrix 4 not only does it force you to face your own misery, but it also makes it clear that there is no easy way out. Pills don’t work; nor does it speak of cheap therapy. (To escape Matrix 2.0, you literally have to hack a mirror.) Later, the analyst explains to Neo how he programmed the new simulation. He uses Neo himself, and also Trinity, as the basis for a kind of universal mind control. He knows they need each other, so it makes their relationship impossible, and that’s all it takes. All it takes to control you, Wachowski suggests, is to put what you want most in the world forever out of reach.