The Matrix: Resurrections: Explained (Full Plot And Ending)

The Matrix: Resurrections: Explained (Full Plot And Ending)


The Matrix: Resurrections is the fourth part in the series and sees Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprise their epic roles as Neo and Trinity. The film is set many years after the events of The Matrix: Revolutions and is made well, for the most part bringing back tons of nostalgia, including some of the great music used in the earlier movies. Here’s the plot and ending of The Matrix: Resurrections explained; spoilers ahead.

Who is The Analyst? What happened after the ending of The Matrix: Revolutions?

The Analyst is the new Architect. In The Matrix: Revolutions, the machines terminated Neo to destroy Smith. When this happened, a program called The Analyst observed that Neo was an anomaly like none other and that Neo’s choices were based on his love for Trinity, a companion that the earlier anomalies did not have. So he resuscitates both of them.

Meanwhile, the machines kept their promise, offered peace, and left Zion alone; they also freed others who wanted out of The Matrix. In time, there was a power shortage, and the machines went to war with each other.

The Analyst figured out that Neo and Trinity were individually not worth much, but when combined, the kind of electricity they produced surpassed the average human’s output by many folds as long as two were kept close enough and desire and fear ran their lives. The Analyst also identifies that subconsciously, this is the state where most human minds stop rebelling the programming. His theory – the worse the humans are treated, the more they are manipulated, the more energy they produce. Hence, The Analyst could generate more power from all human minds by keeping them in the same state of desire and fear.

Thus, a new version of The Matrix is created, designed keeping Neo and Trinity imprisoned at its heart with The Analyst in charge. Older programs are deleted, and the status quo of peace is lifted. Do recollect that dialogue between The Architect and The Oracle at the end of The Matrix: Revolutions. When he asks her, “Just how long do you think this peace is going to last?” she says, “As long as it can”. Well, with the entry of The Analyst, that peace comes to an end. The Oracle does send a warning, but it falls on deaf ears.

How and why are Neo and Trinity alive and back inside the Matrix?
For the sake of electric power, Neo and Trinity are kept alive in unique pods in the machine city’s well-guarded facility called the Anomaleum. They are made to live tormented lives with each other at arms reach to ensure a stable Matrix. Neo and Trinity subconsciously desire to be with one another but fear the outcome if they do – each other’s death. Neo and Trinity were experimented upon like lab rats as it took The Analyst years to design his new Matrix after getting them plugged in and stabilized.

How long has it been, and why haven’t Neo and Trinity grown as old as the others in the real world?
It has been 60 years since the events of The Matrix: Revolutions. Neo and Trinity were experimented on and put into special pods that seems to have slowed the pace at which they aged. This has been done to draw all that additional electricity from them over a longer lifespan. According to Neo and Trinity, only 20 years have passed.

What happened to the real Morpheus and Zion?
Morpheus was chosen unanimously to be Zion’s leader, but he believed in The One far too much. He thought that nothing could change what Neo had put in place and ignores The Oracle’s warning. He also believed that humans and machines would always be on opposite sides which eventually led to their downfall. It appears that Zion was eventually destroyed, and Morpheus was killed when the machines ended the peace. While Zion is referred to as “being trapped in a Matrix of their own”, this was metaphorical. The Matrix: Resurrections pretty much puts an end to the Matrix within the Matrix theory that has done the rounds for two decades.

What happened to The Oracle and The Architect?
Along with exiles and many other programs, they were purged when the new Matrix, designed by The Analyst, came into power.

What happened to Niobe? What is Io, and why are machines working with humans?

Well, Niobe just got older by 60 years. She managed to survive, but importantly, she didn’t believe that all machines were the same. Neo’s trip to the source and being wired in from there allowed the machines to understand that not all humans are destructive in nature. Over time, some of the machines sided with the humans and helped them set up a new concealed city called Io. Over the years, collaborating with machines, humans have re-engineered and re-created parts of the world that once existed in the late 20th century. They now have a sky and grow crops.

That said, Niobe’s priorities have changed. She has been focusing far too much to rebuild a real, real-world, and has reduced her efforts to free more minds. This, in tandem with The Analyst’s new programming, has made humanity progressively more enslaved. But Niobe, through her experience, knows that freeing more people would mean more resources for them and she’s collaborating with the synthients to create a sustainable ecosystem. Bugs disagrees with her as she is the young rebel that Niobe once was.

The Matrix: Resurrections: Plot Explained
What has Neo been doing in the Matrix? Why could no one find Neo?

Neo is reinserted into the Matrix, but the mental projection of his digital self is altered by The Analyst to get him to look like a balding old nerd. Neo’s digital signal is also changed, making him untraceable. People of the real world assumed Neo died saving them.

Neo has been fed by the Matrix that he is a game designer, Thomas Anderson, and that his life’s experiences are actually the events of a three-part game series he created called The Matrix. Neo has had fierce breakdowns because of his mind rejecting the programming. This one time, he tries to step off a building in an attempt to fly. He believes that the events in the game were parts of his life, but The Analyst, posing as his therapist, feeds him lies and keeps him in check by putting him on the blue pills.

A small group of people, led by Bugs, is suspicious that the balding game creator is Neo because Bugs happens to look at Mr Thomas Anderson trying to step off the building, but for a short instant, she sees Neo’s digital self. Since then, she believes that Thomas is Neo and makes it her life’s mission to free him.

What happened to Trinity?
Trinity was reinserted into the Matrix and was given a new identity called Tiffany. She was also given a husband and kids. The responsibility of her kids kept her from questioning the many thoughts she got about her life being a lie. She even identifies herself to be very similar to Trinity from the game but is laughed at when she brings this up with her husband. While this angers her, she can’t do anything about it and lives her life in constant doubt. While Neo has always seen Trinity (Tiffany) in the coffee shop, Simulatte, he hasn’t approached her because of that subliminal fear of losing her – a job well done by The Analyst.

What happened to Agent Smith in The Matrix: Resurrections?

Smith was not destroyed either. That balance between Neo and Smith was retained in this new Matrix where Smith too is made to believe that he’s the owner of a game designing company. He and Anderson are shown to have their differences but are kept from the truth about their real identities.

Why not delete Smith like the other exiles and The Oracle? Neo and Smith are two sides of the equation which The Analyst understood and utilized their bond to keep them both tethered. Besides, Smith was no ordinary exile. He was the case of the anti-virus program going rogue. Perhaps to avoid risking his return, The Analyst preferred to keep him in check by altering his appearance and keeping him disillusioned.