It’s unclear why Neo and Trinity don’t recognize each other in The Matrix Resurrections. Fans have been anxiously awaiting this fourth film in the Matrix franchise. Lucky for them, a new teaser has finally arrived to give audiences a taste of what to expect. Neo is once again trapped in the Matrix under the guise of Thomas Anderson. One of the most shocking findings is that Neo doesn’t seem to recall his former ally and lover Trinity.
Neo and Trinity first met in The Matrix (1999) during an operation to identify and “unplug” Neo. Now that he has been released, Neo joins Trinity and Morpheus in order to fight back against the machines. In doing so, he also realizes his potential as “The One”. Foretold by The Oracle (a kind and all-knowing computer program within the Matrix), Trinity falls in love with Neo. The former is committed to him until her unfortunate death in The Matrix Revolutions’ third installment.
Both Neo and Trinity appeared to have died in Revolutions. As seen in the trailer, the duo has been brought back to life in The Matrix Resurrections in some way. They share a brief moment in the film’s trailer where they assume they’ve met previously. However, it’s unclear if that’s the case. The teaser gives the sense that both protagonists’ memories have been erased in some way. The culprit may very well be the franchise’s famed blue pills.
If you watch the original film, Morpheus gives Neo one of the most famous choices of all time. This time he gives him a choice of red and blue pills. The Zion operative explained that the blue tablet will erase his memories and enable him to continue living his life in The Matrix. Meanwhile, the red pill will liberate Neo’s mind. This is a no-brainer: Neo chooses the red pill and is subsequently released from his simulation. This leaves Neo’s exact consequences from his blue pill in the dark.
‘The Matrix Resurrections’ will be the first Matrix film to examine the issue of the blue pill’s potency in detail. On several occasions, Neo is observed consuming these pills by the fistful. His sink is clogged with them, while he has stacks and stacks of pills in his home. Despite the mystery behind Neo’s apparent addiction to the pills, it appears that a malicious entity within the artificial world (most likely Neil Patrick Harris’ possible Matrix 4 villain) is utilizing them to repress Neo’s memories. Though The Matrix Resurrections trailer shows Trinity’s memories are suppressed in the same way, both protagonists eventually uncover their pasts and seek liberation from the Matrix’s tyrannical guardians.
Because of Neo’s decision, we’ve never seen what the Blue Pill’s effects look like, and it’s possible that’s precisely what we’re witnessing in the newly released video. Those pills, which are shown being consumed by Neo and dumped in his sink, maybe the source of Trinity’s and Neo’s memory loss.
In the teaser, we can see that Neo and Trinity ultimately regain their memories and fight against the machines, but we’ll have to wait to find out what evil drove them to become dependent on these pills. If this idea is true, then we’ll have to wait until the movie comes out later this year. In the meanwhile, we’ll certainly discover a lot more about what this next edition of The Matrix has in store for us.
Despite the current pandemic’s impact on other big films, the next Matrix film’s release date has been pushed up to December 22. The movie was originally slated for a May 2021 release date. However, the pandemic forced the film’s development to be postponed until April 1, 2022. But in October, the date was shifted to December 2021, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to change anytime soon.