It’s been roughly 18 years since the last time we immersed ourselves in the world of the Matrix. Ever since the release of The Matrix Revolutions in 2003, fans have held on to the sliver of hope for a fourth installment. While they were met with quite a long wait, the time has finally come. For those lucky enough to have attended CinemaCon earlier this year, their eyes were blessed with the film’s trailer. And while the rest of us have been eagerly wondering what The Matrix Resurrections will be about, wonder no more as our questions are partially answered through the official trailer below:

The trailer sets the stage for a very promising fourth installment for the franchise while still leaving us guessing as to what the plot of the story will actually be about. In a statement released on September 9 however, the producers of the film set the expectations for fans in the most general use of the word.

The Matrix Resurrections is a continuation of the story established in the first Matrix film released back in 1999. It reunites Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss as Neo and Trinity respectively, in an expansion of their story that ventures back into the Matrix and even deeper down the rabbit hole. A mind-bending new adventure with action and epic scale, it’s set in a familiar yet even more provocative world where reality is more subjective than ever and all that’s required to see the truth is to free your mind.

The trailer perfectly gives us enough to be enticed and excited for the upcoming film without giving away crucial details or moments. Pair the mysterious images with an eerie track by Jefferson Airplane entitled White Rabbit which is an allusion to the classic tale, Alice in Wonderland – what we get is a hair-raising trailer. All of these build up the mystery and hype for the long-awaited film.

A Unique and All-Out Marketing Strategy

If the trailer wasn’t enough of a build-up, the team behind the Matrix 4 film decided to tease the actual trailer itself which was unlike anything we’ve seen. Just a couple of days ago WhatIsTheMatrix.com, a website dedicated to the promotion of The Matrix Resurrections went live. Within the website, we were faced with the same decision Neo (Keanu Reeves) had to make decades ago – red pill or blue pill?

The most interesting part of the website is how it managed to once more drag us into the world of the Matrix. After making the crucial decision of whether we take the red pill or the blue pill, the website then proceeded to show footage from the upcoming film, The Matrix Resurrections. Yet, the ingenuity does not stop there. In fact, there are over 180,000 video variations that are shown on the website. The variation shown to you is all dependent on which pill you choose, and what time of the day you are viewing it. There are variations with narration from Keanu Reeves himself as Neo while others include narration from Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. We are then given snippets from the film and an announcement for the upcoming trailer.

Matrix Resurrections Site Reverse Engineered to Let You Choose the Teaser  You Want to See - IGN

“Do you remember how you got here? “You’ve lost your capacity to discern reality from fiction. What’s real is here and now. Anything else is just your mind playing tricks on you. It becomes a problem when fantasies endanger us. We don’t want anyone to get hurt, do we?”
– Quote from The Matrix 4 teaser
The Matrix: Resurrections' Trailer: Keanu Reeves and Lana Wachowski Are  Back | IndieWire
With the amazing list of cast members for the fourth installment of The Matrix such as Keanu Reeves, Jonathan Groff, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith, we can only expect the best. This time, however, Lana Wachowski takes on the directing job alone and despite a huge weight on her shoulders, there is no doubt that her vision for the film targets to bring out the best from the franchise for fans to enjoy. Warner Bros. will give us Matrix Resurrections as our special and early Christmas gift as it is scheduled for release on December 22, both in cinemas in the United States and simultaneously on HBO Max. So… are you ready to make your decision?

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