A new fan video reimagines the The Matrix Resurrections trailer as a hilarious parody made with nearly no budget at all. The latest installment in the Matrix movie franchise from Warner Bros, directed by Lana Wachowski, was released on December 22, both theatrically and via the HBO Max streaming service. In its initial five-day opening at the domestic box office, The Matrix Resurrections earned $22.5 million, with its expected takings largely impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Matrix Resurrections features the return of Keanu Reeves as Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity, as seen in the previous three Matrix films. This sequel also brings back Jada Pinkett Smith as Niobe, and Lambert Wilson as The Merovingian. The new cast members this time around include Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick, Priyanka Chopra, and Christina Ricci, among others. More than two decades after the original groundbreaking The Matrix film hit theaters in 1999, the fourth film revisits familiar story elements, as viewers find Reeves’ Neo once again questioning his reality.
Now, a parody video from Cracked reveals what would happen if the budget for impressive and mind-bending The Matrix Resurrections trailer was a mere $20. The result is a collection of absurdly low-budget gags that hilariously exaggerate many of the moments from the original trailer, while cleverly incorporating new elements as well. For example, the video opens with the sunny skyline of a large, populous city, only this time it is made entirely with a few Legos toy blocks. It also re-envisions the moment that Abdul-Mateen’s Morpheus gives Neo the choice between the red and blue pills. However, the parody sees Neo take both pills and quickly shove them both in his mouth. Watch the full parody trailer below:
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Throughout the video, the creators humorously use cheap, practical everyday items to help reenact big-budget action scenes from The Matrix Resurrections trailer. For scenes involving action-packed gunfights, water guns and nerf guns are playfully swapped in, and a real helicopter is substituted by a homemade toy version hanging on a string. In the absence of a real stunt person acrobatically jumping through a scene, the creators launch a rag doll crudely across the air in the background. Of course, not all of the original Matrix Resurrections trailer scenes are accurately represented, with Cracked adding in strange new moments involving The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland, and changing Henwick’s serious Bugs into a slapstick comedy character.
This Matrix Resurrections parody is perfectly suited to anyone who enjoys a silly and tongue-in-cheek take on serious blockbuster trailers. While the fourth Matrix film divided general audiences and critics, this playful trailer will surely appeal to both sides of the aisle. What’s more, it seems to be a good fit for Wachowski’s extremely meta sequel, which certainly didn’t suffer from taking itself too seriously on many occasions.
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- The Matrix Resurrections (2021)Release date: Dec 22, 2021