The Matrix Resurrections Trailer 2 Breakdown: All Of The Easter Eggs And References
What a way to kick off the week! The second trailer for the upcoming The Matrix Resurrections has been released, revealing even more about what to expect from the next film in the franchise. While the first trailer served as a nice introduction, this time we get some hints at the story and who the various characters are.
Of course, Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie Ann Moss) are there, along with the person we are convinced is a young Morpheus (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and a returning (and much older) Niobe (Jade Pinkett-Smith). But we also get some clues as to who, exactly, Jonathan Groff is playing in the film and a little context for what's been happening in the world since 2003's The Matrix Revolutions.
Take a look at everything we learned from the new trailer below--including a copious amount of Easter eggs to let your nerd brain devour as you wait with anticipation for the Matrix franchise to be on the big screen once again.
After the first trailer reintroduced the world of the Matrix, we now see it looks as though Neo is living life in a loop. The new trailer opens with a moment he shares with Trinity, before immediately flashing back to a similarly framed shot from the original trilogy.
The new Smith
We then see a shot of Agent Smith from the original films, saying, "Billions of people just living out their lives," before shifting to Jonathan Groff's new character in Resurrections, finishing, "Oblivious."
The whole mouth thing
We then see Groff's mouth sealing closed, much like Neo's in the first film.
Red pill or blue pill
We then see Neo watching the red pill or blue pill moment from the original film--as it's being projected on a wall. We're not going to say the movie The Matrix exists within the Matrix but, well, where did this footage come from?
The white room
After a montage of shots from the new film, as well as the original, Neo "wakes up" in the blank room from the first film. His initial training room. "I remember this," he says.
The machine world
Clearly, the machines are still running the world and have yet to find a better power source than human batteries.
Here we see young Morpheus laying a pretty harsh beating on Neo in the training simulator.
Is this how he survived
Next, we see a shot of Neo. He's clean-shaven and it looks as though this is from just after the third film, where we are left thinking Neo is dead. Here, it looks like the machines are hard at work on him and it even looks like he has some added machine parts, specifically what looks almost like a metal spine going down his chest. Are these upgrades and what do they do?
Reentering the Matrix
Here we hear Morpheus telling Neo exactly how he wound up back in the Matrix. "They made you believe their world was all you deserved," he says. "But some part of you knew that was a lie. Some part of you knew what was real."
This is where things get very confusing. We hear a familiar voice saying, "It's so easy to forget how much noise the Matrix pumps into your head. Something else makes the same kind of noise: war." That voice belongs to none other than Niobe (Jada Pinkett-Smith. However, while it seems like we're dealing with a much younger Morpheus in this film, Niobe has aged. Her hair is graying and her face is weathered. Strangely, it looks as though she's aged more than Neo and Trinity. So how many timelines are at play here? And how many years have passed since the events of the original trilogy?
Also worth noting that in this particular scene we see that Neo still rocks the buzz cut outside of the Matrix.
Yeah, he's the new Smith
If we wanted more confirmation that Groff's character is the new Smith, we see him in the rain screaming "Mr. Anderson" at Neo, just like his old foe did.
She believed in me
Though they may not know each other inside of the Matrix, that doesn't seem to be the case outside of it. When it comes time to decide if Trinity should be rescued, Neo offers, "She believed in me," referring to the events of the first film. "It's my turn to believe in her."
We then see a shot of Trinity using her brute and seemingly superhuman strength to get the upper hand on a group of SWAT officers trying to take her down. and one again, just like the first trailer, we see her super scream.
Neo's got powers too
We also see Neo riding on the back of Trinity's motorcycle stopping vehicles with his hands. Yes, it looks like Neo is using the Force. No, they won't call it that.
The power of love
Sure, Neo and Trinity are two extremely powerful people inside of the Matrix, but it looks like them together is an even more powerful force. As they fight their way through hordes of cops trying to stop them, they grasp each other's hands, with bright light emitting from them. Maybe it's like a human Voltron situation where they join together to create the ultimate fighting machine.
I saw this in a dream
On the rooftop where we saw Neo use the Force to hurl a rocket at a helicopter in the first trailer, Trinity tells him, "I saw this in a dream. My dream ended here."
Is this where these two meet their end? We seriously doubt it, besides...
I still know Kung Fu
Some things you never forget, like martial arts. After beating up Groff's character and using what can only be described as an attempted Hadouken, Neo utters the best line in a movie ever. "I still know Kung Fu."