The Matrix Resurrections Is Officially Rated R

By Pamela Connellan
on 23 October 2021

The fourth film in The Matrix movies – The Matrix Resurrections – is officially rated R for ‘violence and some language’ and it will be in cinemas and on HBO Max by December 22nd.

It seems that director Lana Wachowski isn’t in a any sort of mood to tone things down and the official R rating shouldn’t come as a surprise considering each of the three previous films in the franchise — The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions — is also rated R.

In fact, Reloaded was the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time for several years, until it was knocked down from the top spot by Deadpool. The record was subsequently beaten by Deadpool 2, and then by Todd Phillips’ Joker.

Philosophically dense with advanced computer graphic visuals, The Matrix movies don’t have any overt nudity or gratuitous bloodshed. But this is reflected in the Motion Picture Association’s categorisation which states they’re rated R mainly for “sci-fi violence” and “brief sexuality.”

Here’s the official plot synopsis: In a world of two realities—everyday life and what lies behind it—Thomas Anderson will have to choose to follow the white rabbit once more. Choice, while an illusion, is still the only way in or out of the Matrix, which is stronger, more secure and more dangerous than ever before.

The Matrix Resurrections stars returning players Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Lambert Wilson. Franchise newcomers include Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, and Priyanka Chopra Jonas.
For more on how it was for the returning actors, take a look at this video below:
When you think about it, The Matrix has become not only a popular film, but a pillar of pop culture, and the cast of Resurrections knows it. Moss describes the original as the “opportunity of a lifetime,” and new, younger cast members, including Jessica Henwick, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Eréndira Ibarra, reflect on how much seeing the film changed their lives, how they left the theatre changed and reinvigorated after experiencing The Wachowskis’ vision for the first time.“It’s sort of impossible to articulate how it’s seeped into our minds and culture,” says new star Jonathan Groff. “I can’t even remember not having seen it. I can’t remember my life before the world of The Matrix.”“While we were making the first Matrix,” Reeves says, “I felt like that it’s something beyond yourself. It’s big. You’ll hear the sentence, ‘The Matrix changed my life.’ So I say, ‘Thank you. It changed mine too.’”

The film is slated to be in cinemas by December 22nd and will be the final Warner Bros title to get a simultaneous HBO Max streaming debut.For more from Women Love Tech about what’s new in film and streaming, visit here.

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