Are you ready to plug back into the Matrix? Good, because a brand new sequel to The Matrix franchise, The Matrix Resurrections, is out and available to watch.
The Matrix premiered in 1999 and wowed audiences everywhere with its incredible action and heady plot. The franchise added a pair of less loved sequels in 2003, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, which appeared to bring an end to the storyline of Neo, Trinity, Morpheus and the war between humans and machines. But 18 years later the Matrix is back with this brand new installment.
The official synopsis for The Matrix Resurrections reads as follows: “Return to a world of two realities: one, everyday life; the other, what lies behind it. To find out if his reality is a construct, to truly know himself, Mr. Anderson will have to choose to follow the white rabbit once more.” Here’s the trailer for The Matrix Resurrections.
The Matrix Resurrections has been out since Dec. 22, 2021. Here is what you need to know on how to watch the movie.
How to watch ‘The Matrix Resurrections’
While The Matrix Resurrections is no longer on HBO Max (for the time being), there are still options to watch the fourth film the popular franchise from home as well as on the big screen.
First with movie theaters, to check where and when the movie is playing, visit sites like Fandango or via your local theater’s website. From there you can purchase a ticket online or at the theater and sit back and relax.
To help entice moviegoers back into theaters, many chains are offering movie theater subscription deals that offer discounted tickets, flat monthly fees and/or other promotions. For example, in the U.S., AMC, Cinemark and Regal all offer their own subscriptions, while there are U.K. deals like Odeon Limitless, Cineworld Limitless and Picture House Memberships.
If you are going to opt for seeing The Matrix Resurrections (or any other movie) in a theater, please be aware of your local guidance on masks and vaccines to ensure that you and those around you have a safe and enjoyable experience.
But if you would prefer to watch The Matrix Resurrections from home, the movie is now available to rent or purchase on digital. Viewers can rent it on either Prime Video or Google Play starting at $24.99 or buy it outright on those platforms for $29.99.
Is 'The Matrix Resurrections' streaming?
As was Warner Bros. policy for 2021, The Matrix Resurrections got a simultaneous release in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming service when it premiered on Dec. 22. The deal was, however, that this initial streaming play would only last for the first 31 days of the movie's release. We have reached the end of that window, as The Matrix Resurrections will officially be removed from HBO Max on Jan. 22.
Now, it will return to the streaming service (as well as likely being made available for digital rental/purchase) sometime in the future, but we just don't know when yet. Based on other 2021 Warner Bros. movies like Malignant, which was released in September and is slated to show back up on HBO Max Jan. 27, we can make an educated guess that it will be about three to four months before The Matrix Resurrections returns to HBO Max.
In the meantime, you can stream the original The Matrix, as well as The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.
When is 'The Matrix Resurrections' on DVD?
Fans of physical media will be happy to know that The Matrix Resurrections is set to get a 4K, Blu-ray and DVD release on March 8.
In addition to the movie, the 4K and Blu-ray copies of The Matrix Resurrections will feature multiple hours of bonus content. Here is a look at the features that viewers will be treated to:
- No One Can Be Told What the Matrix Is
- Resurrecting the Matrix
- Neo x Trinity: Return to the Matrix
- Allies + Adversaries: The Matrix Remixed
- Matrix for Life
- The Matrix Reactions (for the following scenes):
- Echo Opening
- Deux Ex Machina
- Welcome to IØ (also included on DVD copy)
- Bullet Time Redux
- Morpheus vs Neo
- Exiles Fight
- Neo vs Smith
- The San Fran Chase
- The San Fran Jump
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Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.